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Arts & Leisure

Volume I, Issue 55
June 22 - June 29, 1998  

W e all know some hard-core runners. Some compete. Some run those marathons. And some do what's called ultra running. Ultra running makes marathons look simple, easy and for wussies. Think of it as long wilderness runs, the way our Cro-Mag ancestors would have done it if they were being chased by saber-toothed tigers. The events are brutal. Wanna know more? Check out Sam Jemielity's article, The Ultra Cult.

Speaking of marathons--how about a man who, after having double bypass surgery three and a half months ago, is planning on entering the San Diego Suzuki Rock n' Roll Marathon? Jim Townsend of Memphis is doing just that. The Memphis Flyer's Dennis Freeland reports on this incredible effort.

Moving from feet to cars, NPR's Car Talk is celebrating it's 10th year on the air. Who could have guessed that Tom and Ray Magliozzi's hip, funny car repair advice show would take off the way it has? James Busbee gives us the show's story and reports on the upcoming Car Talk anniversary party being held in Memphis.

Be sure not to miss Tom Danehy's "apology" over his bashing of the World Cup and soccer, in general. Some readers seemed to think Tom kind of put his foot in it over the sport the rest of the world reveres. He's here to make amends. Yeah, right.

Now What? [11]
A gallery of captivating links to keep your imagination churning while the paint dries.

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The Ultra Cult [2]
A look at the Ice Age 50, a 50-mile "ultra run."
— Sam Jemielity, NEWCITY CHICAGO
Windy and Wonderful [3]
Chicago has everything going for it: the fun of a city and the casualness of a town.
— Paul Gerald, MEMPHIS FLYER
In For The Long Haul [4]
NPR's "Car Talk" marks its 10th anniversary.
— James Busbee, MEMPHIS FLYER
A Man With Heart [5]
Memphian Jim Townsend has a lot to run for.
— Dennis Freeland, MEMPHIS FLYER

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Busting Spammers on the WWW [6]
Surfing the Internet with a guy who can't swim.
— Noah Masterson, WEEKLY ALIBI
Good Participants [7]
The Internet just got more interesting.
— James Hanback Jr., NASHVILLE SCENE
Goal Tending [8]
The Answer Dude makes amends for dogging soccer...sort of.
alt.sports [9]
Albuquerque's Ditches Attract Skaters Nationwide.
— Isak Howell, WEEKLY ALIBI
Speculative Spectating [10]
Continuing our committed coverage of the least-watched sport in the nation.

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