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         The IOC is about to begin its major campaign to prevent
    ambush marketing from "plaguing" its sponsors, while at the same
    time beginning talks with the U.N. about a global Olympic truce,
    according to Jeff Jensen of AD AGE.  And, "if an Olympic truce is
    established," IOC Dir of Marketing Michael Payne says that the
    IOC will "look at creating a marketing program for sponsors" -- a
    program that could allow the likes of Coca-Cola, Eastman Kodak
    and Visa USA to donate money to relief programs around the world.
    Jensen notes that "crucial to squelching ambush marketing will be
    getting consumers to care as much about the issue as organizers
    and sponsors."  To achieve that, the IOC is creating programs
    that educate people, especially youngsters, about the movement.
    For example, the IOC is currently testing Olympic-themed academic
    curriculums in schools in Canada (in a program sponsored by Visa)
    and England (sponsored by McDonald's) (AD AGE, 7/17 issue).

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         Wednesday marks one year before the Opening Ceremonies of
    the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta.  Media around the country
    are taking this opportunity to examine Atlanta and its
    preparations before the Games.
         MEDIA ROUNDUP:  USA TODAY's Tom Weir:  "I want to know how
    many strangers from different nations are going to hug on the
    street and exchange addresses.  And that is where I worry about
    Atlanta." (USA TODAY, 7/18).  In the ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    Olympic historian John Lucas says, "Atlanta has the potential to
    be a pioneer in the healing of wounds between black and white,
    rich and poor, Americans and non-Americans, old and young.  Every
    ethnic group and every age that has divided the world will be
    coming to Atlanta" (Elizabeth Kurylo, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION,
    7/18).  In Chicago, Rick Telander notes the news of newly-
    constructed dorms in the Olympic village settling too far into
    the clay: "What shall we call this?  An oversight?  A minor
    setback on the Road to Oz?  Or is it something darker, an omen of
    failings to come in a city doing too much too fast to make a name
    for itself" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 7/17).  ACOG President Billy
    Payne:  "The whole purpose for the Games and bidding for the
    Games is to make us an international city. ... [But] until that
    time comes, when the whole world comes and likes what they see,
    we are probably exaggerating a little when we declare ourselves a
    great international city a year in advance of the Games" ("Sports
    Tonight," CNN, 7/16).  In S.F., Joan Kirchner writes, "Visitors
    to the Olympics this time next year will discover that Atlanta
    hasn't shaken its Southern roots on its fast climb up the
    corporate ladder.  It's legal to marry your cousin.  Grown-up men
    commonly keep little-boy nicknames: Bubba, Billy, Johnny.  And
    the city's most famous restaurant is the Varsity, a drive-in that
    specializes in greasy chili dogs and onion rings" (SAN FRANCISCO
    EXAMINER, 7/16).  In Miami, Linda Robertson notes, "Atlanta is
    poised to host the centennial Games and hoping to join the
    company of 'the world's great cities'" (MIAMI HERALD, 7/16).
    AP's Marc Price notes, "Organizers have repeated it until they
    are blue in the face: the Games will be on time, on budget, and
    the best ever" (L.A. TIMES, 7/16).  In Houston, John Lopez
    writes, "Preparations are going smoothly with a year left"
    (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 7/16).  In Milwaukee, Katherine Skiba writes,
    "With the 1996 Olympics a year away, the place is like a host
    fretting and sweating in front of the oven before company comes"
    (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 7/16).  Header in Tampa:  "As it
    prepares for the 100th anniversary of the Modern Olympic Games,
    Atlanta works hard to live up to expectations - and live down
    some of its reputation" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 7/15).
         LET'S CELEBRATE:  Bryant Gumbel and the "Today" show will
    broadcast from Atlanta tomorrow in recognition that the Olympics
    are one year away (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 7/18).

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