A Letter from the Publisher: Nov. 25, 1985

When Nevado del Ruiz, the Colombian volcano, blew up last week after 400 years of dormancy, the news did not take long to reach B. William Mader, TIME's deputy chief of correspondents. Already up and around at 6 a.m. in his New York City apartment, Mader dispatched Caribbean Bureau Chief Bernard Diederich to Colombia, then quickly ascertained that TIME's Tom Quinn, who works out of Bogotá, was already on the story. As the death toll mounted, Mader decided to send Rio de Janeiro Bureau Chief Gavin Scott, who was covering Halley's comet, to Bogotá to join the TIME team. Unlike Mexico...

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