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THE LONG BLUE LINE: A RERUN
Kenny Moore
April 02, 1973
The painted stripe that guided Olympic marathoners through the streets and parks of Munich led the author to old agonies, new conclusions
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April 02, 1973

The Long Blue Line: A Rerun

The painted stripe that guided Olympic marathoners through the streets and parks of Munich led the author to old agonies, new conclusions

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"They are, kind of. The airlines bag got me in. I crawled around on the terraces. Once I was sitting up on a cement divider, clicking away at the negotiations, and a guerrilla aimed his machine gun at me. I never felt so naked in my life. I went inside and an official came through and said absolutely no one could leave until the thing is settled. I said, 'Sure' and got up...." Snarls erupted from the flight bag. Bill fished out a walkie-talkie. The press center was calling. "Yeah," he said. "I got a few pictures."

"Are they any good?" asked an irritated metallic voice.

"I guess so. Remember, I haven't had much experience with this sort of thing."

Growing exasperation. "Look, on a scale of one to 10, what would they be?"

"Well...10."

"Get them over here, Norris."

The following day I saw Norris sitting on a bench near the U.S. building, fiddling with his camera. "I'm learning," he said. "I'm to where I know what maybe half these buttons do."

"Were your pictures any good?"

"Yeah. UPI moved four of them on the wire."

"My God, you've found your calling."

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