Publisher's Letter, Apr. 30, 1956

Dear TIME-Reader

IN Manhattan last week some of the nation's top art directors attended a luncheon in honor of 73-year-old Artist William Oberhardt (see self-portrait). That same evening, the Society of Illustrators also saluted the New Jersey- born, Munich-trained portraitist with a dinner and a bronze medal "for a most distinguished career in the art of illustration." TIME was especially pleased to join in the tributes to "Obie," as he is widely and affectionately known, for it was he who drew our first cover 33 years ago (see cut). Obie's "first" for TIME was actually the result...

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