A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 6, 1977

They take running shoes with them on business trips, hoping to squeeze in a jog between meetings; they argue the virtues of their Adidases and their Pumas; they boast of surmounting new thresholds of pain and experiencing the mysticism of the second wind. They are the evangelists of fitness, a religion that has captivated the nation. We examine the phenomenon in our Living section this week.

To get an inside—and wry—view of the fitness fad, we called on Contributor John Skow, a longtime practitioner of mens sana in corpore sano. A former staff writer,...

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