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Bridgeport Attorney Forsakes Books to Make Distance Swim

September 6, 1934
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Oscar A. H. Dannenberg’s law business was progressing swimmingly today, and with reason, for he is the proud possessor of the Bridgeport lawyer’s long distance swimming championship, a distinction he won yesterday by cleaving three miles of Long Island Sound in one hour and twenty-seven minutes, despite an adverse tide, a strong cross-channel current and choppy water.

Devoid of his usual volume of Blackstone, Dannenberg stuck his toe into the Sound at 3 P.M., and his face emerged wet but smiling at Fairweather Light shortly before 4:30 P.M., to be greeted by a cheering host of Fairweather friends.

Marion Bloomer, his teacher, herself a long-distance swimmer, followed Dannenberg’s every gasp and stroke from a rowboat propelled by Sam Driver, the champ’s trainer.

“I used a breast stroke in the calm spots and alternated with became choppy,” he panted, to his one-arm trudging when the water admirers at the end of the gruelling contest.

It was Dannenberg’s first longdistance swim attempt.

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