A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 11, 1972

THERE is something about covering a sports assignment that stirs memories of youth, fresh air, rising early to get some extra warm-up time before the game. Correspondent Peter Range had that sensation in Technicolor as he spent last week with the current issue's cover subject, Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins. Range, like many journalists a night person, had to switch to "Shulatime," which means attending Mass and having breakfast before sunup. "After three days," says Range, "I felt like a clean liver again."

Range was a Little League catcher back in Athens, Ga....

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