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The Popeye’s team of Bill Sirois, Stan Ware, Al Copeland, with his wife, Patty, and Bob Idoni celebrate their victory in the Superboat class at the 1985 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ, race.

Living Large S ting Saluting Sal ng the e offshore race triumphs of Al Copeland.

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l Copeland lived larger than life, and as a result, his end came more quickly and suddenly than imaginable to any-

one who happened to brush with his far-flung and hyper-accelerated universe. Copeland, 64, denied the outcome to the end, but he’d have appreciated the irony: the grandest thinker in the bunch brought down by an opponent whose very name declared its opposite scale: small cell neuroepithelial, or Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC), a rare form of skin cancer that first appeared under Copeland’s ear as a blemish, then a small pea, and finally could no longer be ignored. [Text continues on p page 62]

by Brett Bayne Photography by Paul Kemiel

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#13 Popeye’s/Diet Coke, a 50' Cougar cat powered by four 950-hp Lightning engines hooked up to Arneson drives, in 1990 at Grand Haven, MI. speedboat.com

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