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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for Aug. 16: Sports Illustrated Debuts


WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Following is the daily “Profile America” feature for Aug. 16 from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Profile America Tuesday, August 16th. Many sports fans couldn’t imagine trying to keep up with their favorite teams and players, as well as the latest gossip about trades and rivalries, without their weekly issue of Sports Illustrated. The magazine first appeared on news stands on this day in 1954 and prospered in spite of critics’ worries that there wasn’t enough sports news to fill a weekly publication. The first cover showed National League umpire Augie Donatelli behind the plate, with catcher Wes Westrum and hitter Eddie Matthews. Through the years, Michael Jordan appeared on the cover 49 times and the New York Yankees 61 times. Magazines in the U.S. carry nearly 12-billion dollars of advertising each year compared with 45-billion in newspapers and 43-billion on broadcast television. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Web at .

Sources: 440 International Calendar of Events Statistical Abstract of the United States 2004-2005, t. 1274


Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments ready to air on a monthly CD or on Internet at (look under the “Newsroom” button). For further information, contact Rick Reed at 301-763-2812, fax at 301-457-3670, or e-mail at


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