A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 25, 1952

In November 1949, William Porter, former newspaper reporter and successful fiction writer on leave from his post as assistant professor of journalism at State University of Iowa, came to TIME'S personnel department in New York and asked for a job. Any kind of job would do, he said, even that of office boy. All Porter wanted was a chance to watch the operation of a newsmagazine in order to round out his own journalistic experience.

The request was both logical and unprecedented. TIME'S interest in colleges stems naturally from the thousands of TIME readers among students and faculty members....

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