Salt Lake City is presenting its bid for the 1998 Winter Games on pine-scented paper, in two buckskin-bound volumes encased in oak and tucked into a saddle-leather Pony Express-style bag, Olympic organizers announced Tuesday.
Ten soft-bound copies of the book minus the elaborate wrappings were delivered last week to members of the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne, Switzerland.The IOC evaluation committee has until Nov. 12 to decide whether the books require any changes before being distributed to the remaining members of the IOC, who will select the site of 1998 Winter Games next June.
The Central and South American members of the IOC, which now has 94 members throughout the world, are scheduled to receive their copies next week at a meeting in Mexico City.
Plans are still being made by the Salt Lake Bid Committee for the Olympic Winter Games for getting bid books in the hands of the rest of the members of the IOC.
The first copy of the complete bid package was given Tuesday to Spencer F. Eccles, chairman and chief executive officer of First Security Corp., on behalf of the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation and the bank.
A matching grant from the foundation paid for $400,000 of the nearly $500,000 price tag for some 500 copies of the bid book that are expected to be printed.
Both volumes of the bid book are printed in the two official languages of the IOC, English and French. The first volume is described as a "romance" book and is filled with full-color photographs of the Salt Lake area.
"We wanted to create the feeling of the people of Utah, the feeling of the people of the western portion of the United States," said Tom Welch, chairman of the Olympic bid committee.
Mary Gaddie of the Salt Lake advertising agency Penna Powers Cutting & Hayes served as managing editor of the bid book. She said she chose the theme, "New Frontier," after consulting with IOC member Anita DeFrantz.
"New Frontier not only as a place, but as a state of mind," Gaddie said, explaining that DeFrantz, who lives in Los Angeles, said the bid book needed to create an identity because only a handful of IOC members know Salt Lake City.
Welch said he is pleased with how the bid book compares with those compiled by Salt Lake's competitors for the Winter Games, Aosta, Italy; Jaca, Spain; Nagano, Japan; Ostersund, Sweden; and Sochi, USSR.
But he declined to say much about the competition's bid books, except that Jaca, Spain, has submitted a package also wrapped in leather and bound with brass straps.
Asked specifically about what Nagano, Japan, gave the IOC, Welch said only that the city that appears to be the current favorite for the 1998 Winter Games had "a very nice bid book."
While the bid committee has been working to bring as many members of the IOC as possible to Salt Lake City, the bid book may be the only representation of the community that some see before voting on a site for the Winter Olympics.