A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 28, 1966

TIME went to press last week only a few hours after the undefeated Notre Dame football team met undefeated Oklahoma—and trounced it 38-0. With Quarterback Terry Hanratty and End Jim Seymour on our cover, it seems a good time to debunk the TIME "cover jinx." If an athlete dares to show his face on TIME'S cover, so the old legend goes, he is doomed.

The record shows otherwise, TIME ran a cover story on Cassius Clay when he was a glory-hungry Louisville boy without a pro title to his name (March 22, 1963). Eleven months later, he took the heavyweight championship from...

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