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There are people who can play winning chess blindfold; some of the best trout are taken in blackest nighttime; and I read recently that Ty Cobb knew the habits of certain batteries so well that he could correctly call a sequence of pitches while facing the rear wall of a dugout.

But, in general, sports are to look at.

The word ILLUSTRATED, therefore, is a very important half of the title of this magazine. And the men who carry much of the responsibility for translating that word into the actual content of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED are Associate Editors Richard Wolters, who heads up the Picture Department, and Norton Wood, who is in charge of color production. SI facilities offer Wolters and Wood octopuslike opportunities for bringing in the pictures.

First, there are our staff photographers, who take on a succession of special assignments. (Spectacle, this week, for instance, is Hy Peskin's breathtaking study in blue of the glories of surf-riding at Hawaii.)

Then, our Picture Editors can tap the resources not only of the enormous TIME, INC. collection of pictures but also of the 28 TIME, INC. news bureaus around the world.

And finally, SI's own picture researchers seek and sort out the production of a throng of picture services, free-lance photographers and everybody else with a good sports picture, series or an idea for one. All this adds up to almost 5,000 pictures passing through the Picture Department every week.

Nothing, perhaps, demonstrates more quickly the tremendous range of the world of sports than the pictures which have already appeared in this magazine and some of those now scheduled for future issues. Our cameras have already taken you from mountain climbing on K2 to skin diving at Treasure Harbor, Florida, and soon you will be visiting such divergent locales as Kenya, with the two Hunt cousins, who just about invented the safari business; Norway, with some of the world's best salmon and some Norwegian blue bloods who like to kill them; the Atlas Mountains, for skiing on the edge of the Sahara; the high lakes of the Chilean and Peruvian Andes, for fishing; and India for, among other things, a tiger hunt. To say nothing of weekly pictorial excursions to the more familiar places and events which make the constantly revolving setting for the stage of sports; and in our gallery of photos, The Wonderful World of Sport.