Walter Poenisch

Walter Poenisch

FILE - This June 1972 file photo shows Walter Poenisch swimming during his record ocean swim 90 miles up the Florida straights in a shark cage near Miami. Faye Poenisch, whose late husband, Walter, claimed to have swum from Cuba to Florida, plans a celebration for what would have been his 100th birthday. Poenisch will have a reception Thursday, July 11, 2013, in her Grove City home to honor Walter Poenisch, who on his 65th birthday in 1978 began his swim with Cuban President Fidel Castro personally seeing him off in Havana, reportedly after a toast with pineapple juice. The retired baker and record-holding endurance swimmer called his effort the “Swim for Peace” and said he completed nearly 130 miles to the Florida Keys nearly two days later. (AP Photo/File)

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