A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 29, 1954

In TIME'S overseas bureaus a correspondent's best friend is often the staff driver. The drivers are local citizens, familiar with the traffic laws, geography and driving habits of the land. But they do more than just drive cars. They are indispensable members of the staff. They run errands and act as interpreters. They get dispatches out over impossible telephone connections. They place airmail packages on planes whose manifests are already made up. In short, they are minor miracle workers.

The staff driver in Berlin is 52-year-old Fritz Bense, who started to work with...

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