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MACKINAC ISLAND FEATURED AS SPORTS ILLUSTRATED LOCATION

 LANSING, Mich., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- "Beautiful shoreline; sunsets and sunrises; marinas, docks and inlets, sails, spinnakers and lots of color; sand, pebbles and pretty water; beautiful grand resorts, verandas, galleries, porches and views ..." were the qualifications which resulted in the selection of Mackinac Island as the Midwest location for the 29th annual swimsuit issue of Sports Illustrated magazine, issued today, Feb. 17, 1993.
 In preparation for its first American location issue in many years, Sports Illustrated, a Time-Warner publication, was referred to Mackinac Island State Park Commission by the Michigan Film Office. Commission public relations staff and volunteers worked to assemble background material, location suggestions and to plan a preliminary visit in July. Within a week, Mackinac Island was selected as the Midwest site, joining other venues in Alaska, Hawaii, Florida and Massachusetts.
 Senior Sports Illustrated editor Doug Looney traveled to the island during late July as a crew member on a racing yacht in the Chicago to Mackinac race. His research for a travel feature story included interviews with numerous island residents and visitors. Looney toured the natural areas of Mackinac Island State Park, visited Fort Mackinac and experienced local life in the shops, restaurants and hotels. Internationally known scenic photographer Enrico Ferorelli visited the island at the same time for travel feature photography.
 Fashion photography followed in September, with models and a photo crew working around the island and on nearby Round Island for 10 days. Special arrangements were required to comply with a magazine request for confidentiality on the project. Unseasonably cold weather added to the challenge of the island location. The crew scrambled for early morning and late afternoon sun, and to catch the color of the island as the summer season ended. The photography crew was trailed by a video crew from Home Box Office, producing a one-hour program on the making of the issue.
 "One of our goals has been to increase the visibility of Mackinac Island as a national travel destination," noted Park Commission Director Carl R. Nold. "The fashion shoot and the feature story will be seen by an estimated 48 million readers. We hope that this visibility will translate into a very successful summer season for our parks and museums, and for the Straits of Mackinac region."
 The Sports Illustrated issue premieres on newsstands Feb. 17. The HBO program airs at 10 p.m. Feb. 17 on the HBO cable channel.
 Further information on visiting Mackinac Island may be obtained from the Mackinac Island State Park Commission, P.O. Box 370, Mackinac Island, MI 40757-0370.
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 /NOTE: Press packets, general information and slides of Mackinac Island and Mackinac State Historic Parks are available through CONTACT: Ken Yarsevich of Mackinac State Historic Parks, 517-373-4296/
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