CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jul 05, 1978
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(Studio) Report on 2 people who plan to leave Miami Beach, Florida, in order to swim back.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Miami Beach, Florida) Separate plans by marathon swimmer Diana Nyad, who is Phi Beta Kappa winner, linguist and author, and by retired cookie baker and rodeo stuntman Walter Poenisch to swim nonstop from Cuba to Florida detailed. [NYAD - says if there's ever time and person to do this, it's now and herself. Denies she's in race with Poenisch; notes they aren't in same category of swimmers.] [POENISCH - will do best to make swim successful and to be 1st to do it.] Professional swimmers' dissatisfaction with Poenisch's plans for swim and with stunts he performs described. [POENISCH - doesn't care who swim is recognized by, but wants self-satisfaction.] Nyad's world-wide marathon swims mentioned; one around Manhattan in 1975 given as example Film shown. [NYAD - notes her sport doesn't have Olympics or offer lots of money. Talks about pride involved in being recognized for making Cuba-Florida swim.] Nyad's preparations noted; rules of World Professional Marathon Swimming Fed., which Nyad will follow, listed. Colgate Company's help with cost of swim by paying for shark cage stated. [NYAD - discusses physical aspects of swim.]
REPORTER: Ed Rabel