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In the game of life, you might lead the pep band.

Far from the athletic type, Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou was the burly, hirsute type you might see enjoying a seafood lunch in his Speedo at an outdoor cafe in a Mediterranean beach-town. Like the Greek hero Pheidippides, whose ancient exploits gave rise to the modern marathon, the man who called himself Vangelis would probably have dropped dead at the end of a twenty-six-mile run, but if an owlish orchestra conductor like Bill Conti could provide the rousing theme to the ultimate American boxing film, then why couldn't a Sasquatch-like synth player provide the stirring theme to the ultimate British running film? That's what the producers of Chariots Of Fire figured, anyway, and that's how your Birthstar got the chance to write the stirring score that won him an Oscar and inspired untold millions of hum-along slo-mo runs, chest out, head thrown back, and elbows flying. In life there are sprinters and there are marathoners, and you may even find yourself trying to be both. But if you find the race not all that rewarding, why not follow your Birthstar's example? Conserve your energy for the finer things in life, and choose the reinvigorating power of an afternoon nap over a vigorous run along a windswept beach.
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Chariots Of Fire  May 2-8, 1982


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