Time's 40th Anniversary Party: Planning the Celebration

The idea was conceived last September at a TIME editors' lunch. "Impossible." was the general reaction, but soon a party planning staff that ultimately reached 40 fulltime people went to work. From the start, one thought predominated: whatever the logistical and protocol problems, the party must be as friendly as a college reunion. Of TIME'S 40 years of cover subjects, many were dead and many others were foreign political, business, religious, scientific and intellectual leaders unable to make the journey to the U.S. In sifting through the remainder, the planning...

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