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Soapbox Derby Scandal #225869

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 02, 1973
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(Studio) Soapbox Derby scandal goes to court Robert Lange, uncle of deposed winner, faces charges of adding to delinquency of minor. Effect of scandal on derby revealing.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Akron, Ohio) Film shows derby from earlier years Derby falls victim to own Watergate in `73 race. First derby in 1934 narrated by James Stewart as film shows 1st winner, Bob Turner [TURNER - explains joy at winning race and building soapbox.] Turner reacts to scandal surrounding derby today. [TURNER - suspicious of `73 winning car from beginning of race. [TURNER - recalls thinking something rigged about winning car. Spirit of Soapbox Derby broken.] [5th place derby runner-up Peggy ZOLLER - states hard work and time put into any winning car.] Asked about help in building car. [Peggy ZOLLER - says she was instructed and shown but actual building completed by Peggy.] Uncle of deposed winner, Lange, charges majority of entries get away with rules violations. Motives for cheating to win race reviewed. Akron officials busy with new set of rules. Downfall of derby purity may reflect American's priorities.
REPORTER: Hal Fisher (Soapbox Derby promotional film)

Cronkite, Walter;
Fisher, Hal

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