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HEY, MISTER FANTASY MAN
Bob Ottum
November 03, 1980
...otherwise known as Bruce Jenner, Olympic hero, TV personality, rising movie star, enactor of the common man's dreams: he sails, he surfs, he flies planes, he races autos. He's living, baby, really living!
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November 03, 1980

Hey, Mister Fantasy Man

...otherwise known as Bruce Jenner, Olympic hero, TV personality, rising movie star, enactor of the common man's dreams: he sails, he surfs, he flies planes, he races autos. He's living, baby, really living!

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JENNER
Linda is a great, great lady. It's funny; because of her romance with Elvis and that whole bizarre scene, you'd think she would be different. But, no. She's one of the most down-home, nice, warm girls. She doesn't drink or anything, and she's very serious. I didn't want to get out of one relationship into another. But she came into my life when it was very difficult, a very down time....

VOICE-OVER
All right. But what does all of this mean to the more mature Jenner?

JENNER
(Snaps his fingers.) Listen. Here's what my life is all about. Linda found this—I'm sorry I can't give proper credit because we don't know who wrote it. But it's my credo, the words that I live by.

VOICE-OVER
All right. We're ready.

JENNER
(Speaking slowly and with emotion.) That man is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves this world a better place than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem or a rescued soul: who never lacks appreciation for earth's beauty or fails to express it; who looks for the best in others and gives the best he has.

VOICE-OVER
Beautiful.

JENNER
You bet it's beautiful. And so here I am. It has been a hectic four years. I've made a lot of money, and I've learned a lot. I've worked hard, and now I'm playing hard. Look at all these toys. It is kind of a fantasy life, isn't it? But this is what I worked for all those years before Montreal. I'll always have that tremendous feeling of accomplishment, the satisfaction of walking away from that arena and saying, "Hey, I did it." And now come the good times.

VOICE-OVER
To the victor....

JENNER

(Bursts into laughter. He rises, goes to the open door and faces the surf.) You got it! To the victor go the spoils. So let's get on with it. Let's enjoy some of the spoils!

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