Sport: No Santa Claus

First U.S. sport event definitely war-blanked, at least for 1942, is Akron's national Soap Box Derby, and the tournaments that precede it in 120 U.S. cities. As embarrassed as if they had to tell them there is no Santa Claus, spokesmen for the Chevrolet company, which puts up the prizes (college scholarships, automobiles, wrist watches, etc.), broke the news to U.S. youngsters. Alleged reason: shortage of rubber and metals for scooter wheels.

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