Time's 40th Anniversary Party: Regrets

"Maybe I can come to TIME'S next anniversary dinner," cabled Jordan's King Hussein somewhat wistfully. After first accepting the invitation, the young King found the political climate at home too hot to leave. He was one of at least a hundred cover subjects who wanted to attend but found that some circumstance in the schedule of their busy lives kept them away. Among them was Germany's Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, who also accepted but then found the pressure of events too great. He wrote: "It would have afforded me great pleasure...