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Richard Bode

Richard Bode worked at McGraw Hill and was editorial director and chief speechwriter at Burston-Marsteller. As a freelance writer, he contributed to "Reader's Digest," "Good Housekeeping," "Sail, Sports Illustrated." He is also the author of Blue Sloop at Dawn (1979), which was excerpted in "Sports Illustrated," "Newsday Sunday Magazine," and Sail, and wrote the award-winning essay "To Climb the Wind." He died in 2003 of liver cancer.