For the final issue of November 2004, Rich Tosches talked with Colorado Springs-based cycling coach Chris Carmichael about Lance Armstrong, his client who was racking up seven Tour de France wins — all of which would later be stripped due to Armstrong's doping.
From "The vast supper":
It is, Carmichael said, an immeasurable thing, the soul, perhaps, that sets Armstrong apart.
"It's not the physiological part," he said. "He's one of the few who understands that to be really successful at the very highest level, you have to risk failure. There are a lot of gifted athletes who rely just on that gift and never fully develop it. They're afraid to lay it all on the line, to go all out, because they think, 'What if it doesn't work? What if my best isn't good enough?' Lance is not afraid of failure. He never worries about what will happen if he fails. He has removed that fear."
And Dan Wilcock talked with Albert "Chickenman" Wallace, a 62-year-old Vietnam vet and survivor of homelessness whose tiny Good News Foundation was struggling in a sluggish economy.
From "Chickenman to the masses":
He typically hands out 150 frozen chickens a month, along with holiday turkeys and groceries and clothing and toys to needy families year-round. "Faaaantastic," Chickenman drawls in his deep Foghorn Leghorn voice every time he can offer a needy family a couple weeks worth of groceries or a poor kid a pair of reading glasses. ...
Watching some of those families walk away empty is not something Chickenman takes lightly. "That is the hardest thing in the world, when you tell someone no and you don't know what to do," Chickenman said.
He's also worried about his own future. As a diabetic senior citizen, Chickenman knows his time working for Good News is running out ... But, for the most part, Chickenman knows how to take his worries in stride. "Working for the Lord doesn't pay much," he said. "But the retirement plan is out of this world."
Postscript: Wallace died in September 2005.