An extremely salable product these days is nostalgia. Old musicals are a smash on Broadway, old phonograph records are experiencing a profitable revival and old magazines are being reissued on the newsstands. Now retread fighters are about to have their day. Come Sept. 14 at White Plains (N.Y.) County Center, a series of exhibition bouts is expected to bring in $72,000 for Westchester County's United Cerebral Palsy Fund.
The nostalgia in this case will derive from the days when prizefights were presented on television three nights a week. Directed by Chico Vejar, the middleweight of the '50s Who will box Chuck Davey of the same vintage, a total of seven three-round bouts will be presented by 14 former fighters, among them seven ex-champions. Rocky Graziano will be pitted against Jake LaMotta, Willie Pep will face Sandy Saddler, Carmen Basilio will box Ernie Durando, Roger Donoghue will meet Steve Belloise, Tippy Larkin will take on Charlie Fusari and Joey Giardello will oppose Billy Graham.
SEEING EYE AT TAHOE
Come Super Bowl time in 1972 it will be the Detroit Lions against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to Harrah's Tahoe Race Book.
The book makes the Lions 3-1 to take the National Conference title, the Chiefs the same to win the American.
Other National odds: Minnesota 7-2, San Francisco 4-1, Dallas 5-1, Los Angeles 6-1, New York Giants 8-1, Washington and St. Louis each 10-1, Chicago and Green Bay each 20-1, Atlanta 30-1, Philadelphia and New Orleans each 50-1.
American odds: Oakland 7-2, Miami 4-1, Baltimore 5-1, New York Jets 6-1, Cleveland 7-1, Cincinnati 8-1, San Diego and Houston each 15-1, Denver 20-1, Pittsburgh 40-1, Buffalo and New England each 50-1.
DIVING TO FREEDOM
A course of studies available to convicts at the California Institute for Men, a minimum-security state prison in Chino, is so popular that eight prisoners thus far have refused to be discharged either upon completion of their sentences or when they have become eligible for parole. Men have asked to stay in prison for as long as five months in order to finish the nine-month course.
The course is in deep-sea diving and offers an exhaustive program of classroom and field work. The physical-fitness schedule calls for an hour and a half of work each day—a 4�-mile crosscountry run (within the prison compound), 30 minutes of calisthenics and a two-mile swim. All facets of diving, from scuba to commercial hard hat, are taught, along with the cutting and welding of steel, plumbing, electrical wiring, the handling of explosives and the operation of underwater camera gear.