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Miller watched with a misty, forlorn expression as Leonard and Skeie came in at the tail of the field. "But they did so well on the tests" she said.
"I might retire now," said Meinert, flushed with victory. "The purse [which for the winner was $187.50]? I'll spend it all on beer and clothes."
Roseta, startled at winning $18.75, albeit on a $25 investment, said, "Amateur no more. I'm going to have to start preparing an injunction for myself."
For the awards ceremony, held in the courtyard of a vacant fraternity house, Chuck Jaqua had built a victory platform five times the size of the one being used at the Olympic Trials 2,500 miles away. "You expected perhaps a refined sense of proportion?" he asked.
Mariel Hemingway showed up right on time, though with a dubious mien. "Do I really have to kiss all 12 of 'em?" she asked Leonard.
"O.K.," she said, a grin breaking across her face. "They better be ready."
Some were. The presentations began with 12th place, Sandy Skeie, who numbly accepted his certificate and T shirt and forgot to collect his kiss. "A telling comment on the manliness of the record business," said O'Donnell.
"Now, now," said the sex tester. "We know that's not true."
Leonard, next up, more than compensated, embracing Mariel three times for three different photographers. On his wall there now hangs a picture of the moment, signed, "To Kip, with Lust—Mariel."