A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 29, 1980

The work of Staff Photographer Neil Leifer, who took this week's cover portrait of Alabama Football Coach Paul W. ("Bear") Bryant and the pictures accompanying the story, should be familiar to TIME'S readers: this is the fifth cover he has shot this year. The others: Olympic Skaters Eric and Beth Heiden, Tennis Superstar Bjorn Borg and the political portraits from this summer's Republican and Democratic conventions.

Leifer came to TIME in 1978 from our sister publication SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, where his credits included 152 covers and some of the most famous action photographs of athletes taken in the past 15 years....

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