Eden M. Kennedy

mission accomplished, pal

Eden M. Kennedy is the co-author (with Alice Bradley) of the book Let's Panic About Babies! (St. Martin's Press).

A former college-radio DJ, Mrs. Kennedy has driven cross-country six times in a 1973 Volkswagen Bug and enjoys standing on her head.

Currently she works a straight job and is just about finished writing her first novel.

Those with a gift, take note.

"As Carmichael pointed out to me, Armstrong has always been gifted, but 'genetically he is not alone. He is near the top but not at the top. I have seen people better than Lance that never go anywhere. Before Lance had cancer, we argued all the time. He never trained right. He just relied on his gift. He would do what you asked for two weeks, then flake off and do his own thing for a month or two.' " . . . Carmichael believes that rigorous training is what ultimately turns a talented athlete into a star. 'Who hits more practice balls every day than any other golfer?' Carmichael asked. 'Guess what? It's Tiger Woods.' "

--Michael Specter in the July 15 New Yorker.