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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

About a year ago, Laurel Frankel of our picture department was in the studio while Duane Bobick was being photographed before the Ken Norton fight. During a lull, Bobick scooped up Laurie and posed. That's how it all started. Since then, all kinds of people have been picking Laurie up, and the wall of her office is now covered with pictures like these. Every girl needs a hobby. Last December Olympic weight-lifting champion Vasily Alexeyev unexpectedly visited our office and Laurie was on the verge of a genuine coup. She searched frantically—not a photographer in sight. Well, you can't win 'em all.

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LAURIE AND BOXER KEN NORTON

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ART DIRECTOR RICHARD GANGEL

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OUTFIELDER REGGIE JACKSON

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PHOTOGRAPHER HEINZ KLUETMEIER

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PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR JERRY COOKE

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WRITER GEORGE PLIMPTON

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PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN IACONO

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BOXER DUANE BOBICK

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PHOTO ASSISTANT ANTHONY DONNA