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The Che portrait which those meatheads of the 1960's posted on their walls was made by a Cuban photographer whose work is really excellent but whose name escapes me at the moment -- he was known as the "Latin American Eisie" and I believe that he is still alive. The standard picture of Mao, however, has to take the cake; it has been reproduced approximately ONE BILLION times and is still seen everywhere in Not-Quite-Still-Red-China and many other areas of Asia, especially in North Korea and whatever remains of the carcass of Viet-Nam. The standard picture of Lenin, to my knowledge, comes in second at around 750 million prints. Che and Farah Fawcett can wander away in shock and awe. It helps to be an ikon of a tyranny, as your picture will then be everywhere and for all time, as these dudes are too stupid to understand the virtues of changing ad campaigns occasionally. B.D., I am certain, will jump to the defense of our Marxist brethren but, in the end, their exulgence of photographic imagery makes even his own most wonderful images fade to nothing by way of comparison. All power to the people! But, then, just who ARE the people? Marc email@example.com FAX: +540/343-7315 Cha robh b?s fir gun ghr?s fir!