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LAWRENCE PHONE BOOKS TO FEATURE KU PROGRAM

December 9, 1998

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For the next year, the faces of former Kansas University punter Dean Royal and 6-year-old Anthony Norfleet will be drawn upon, creased and coffee stained.

But both are excited about it.

They'll take the abuse because their picture will be on the cover of next year's Southwestern Bell phone book. More than 78,000 copies of the December 1998-99 edition are being delivered between now and the end of the month.

"I think it's great," Royal said. "It's quite an honor."

Anthony said he felt "good" about being on the phone book. His mother is happy, too, he said.

Royal was chosen by Southwestern Bell to draw attention to the new arrangement through which the phone company is the "exclusive telecommunications choice" of the university's athletic department.

Anthony was chosen because he happened to be around on the day they were shooting the picture.

Royal, 23, who was the punter for the football team in 1996 and 1997, also is involved in the athletic department's Helping Hawks program.

"It was kind of a no-brainer to put him on the cover," said Mike Scott, director-external affairs for Southwestern Bell. "We really wanted to highlight that sponsorship."

The Helping Hawks program was started last year. It pairs KU athletes with elementary and junior high schools so the athletes can serve as mentors to the young people.

With the help of sponsors like Southwestern Bell, four of the eight athletes in the program, including Royal, are paid.

Southwestern Bell will again make sites available to drop off old phone books to be recycled.

Collection sites will be set up across the city beginning Tuesday through Jan 15.

A kick-off ceremony will be held Thursday at St. John's School.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is kblackwood@ljworld.com.

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