A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 17, 1949

It has been a long-standing custom here at TIME for our overseas correspondents, most of whom are American-trained journalists, to return to their native U.S. at frequent intervals for firsthand conversations with TIME'S editors and a reacquaintance with the changing American scene and idiom. Seldom, however, do we have a chance to greet a correspondent who is visiting the U.S. for the first time.

One such arrived last week. He is William Rospigliosi, of TIME Inc.'s Rome bureau, and you may recall some of his by-lined stories in TIME: A Clock For Fiumicino (Sept....

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