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Aragon's Old Friend Sets Record Straight

May 14, 1988

I guess Art Aragon was hit harder than he thinks. We were in the same homeroom in the 10th grade at Roosevelt High School in 1944. In electric shop, Art brought a pair of dice every morning. We played for pennies and got caught, every day .

He didn't fight as "Blackie Powers." He fought as "Baby Face" Aragon and lost his first try at six rounds to Bert White at the Ocean Park Arena. I consoled him the next day in a street car on downtown Broadway. Remember street cars, Art? Memories!

VAL RODRIGUEZ

Signal Hill

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