Retrospective — Sept. 11

Twenty years ago — 1997

A feature story by Pat Holcombe recalls Dunkirk’s golden age of boxing. In an age before everyone had a television set, between the Great Depression and World War II, Dunkirk was the leading amateur fight town in the east. The matches took place in the boxing ring in the middle of Floral Arena at the Dunkirk Fairgrounds. Boxing and wrestling matches were held to keep revenue coming all year — not just during the fair season. Al Lutz, director of the Dunkirk Athletic Club, organized the boxing matches. It was said that he could get the best boxers available. Mr. Lutz was known to say, “We’ve got a honey of a bout.”

Thirty years ago — 1987

Cassadaga native Roxanne Ulrich Pulitzer will have an autobiographical book published and on the market this January. Mrs. Pulitzer, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ty Ulrich of Cassadaga, said the book titled, “The Prize Pulitzer,” will include accounts of her marriage to and divorce from millionaire Herbert “Pete” Pulitzer, the grandson of publisher Joseph Pulitzer, for whom the Pulitzer Prize is named. Mrs. Pulitzer added that an independent producer, Robert Halmi, has bought the film rights to the book and is in the process of completing the script. Mr. Halmi already has sold the film to the NBC Television Network and plans have been made to broadcast it in 1988.

Forty years ago — 1977

Sidney J. Frost, a Fredonia resident, is featured in this week’s People in Profile. He served for 39 years as a teacher, counselor, principal and supervising principal in schools all over western New York. He spent a total of 11 years at Fredonia High School, serving as counselor and principal.

Fifty years ago — 1967

President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s authority to escalate the Vietnam War comes under the scrutiny of a Senate committee today, but there is little likelihood that even the most critical lawmaker will seek to challenge it.

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