To Our Readers: Jun. 28, 1996

It hardly takes a journalistic genius to figure out that the 1996 Olympic Games deserve special treatment. This summer marks 100 years since competitors from 13 countries met in Athens to revive an athletic tradition dating back to ancient Greece, and such a milestone obviously cries out for recognition. But it does take a lot of thought and effort to avoid the ever present pitfalls of cliche and predictability.

TIME's secret weapon: senior writer STEVE WULF. Nearly a year ago, Wulf began pushing the idea of a special issue devoted to the Olympic centennial. His proposal was accepted--on the condition that...

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