A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 2, 1981

The writer of this week's cover story is no stranger to the pains and pleasures of athletic activity. Before joining TIME last March, Associate Editor J.D. Reed spent five years writing for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. But Reed, 41, is only a recent convert to participatory sports. A perpetual dieter, he estimates that he has lost almost 450 Ibs. over the past 15 years and gained back nearly all of them. He blames his exercise program, which he describes as "mostly TV-channel switching. My idea of aerobics was shaking the popcorn popper, and isometrics was...

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