A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 21, 1966

LAST fall, on a trip around the world that took him to Viet Nam, Thailand, Eastern and Western Europe, Managing Editor Otto Fuerbringer stopped off for a week of fact-finding in Spain. As this week's issue will attest, it proved to be a productive visit. General Francisco Franco, who makes his sixth appearance on TIME'S cover (the last was March 18, 1946) in the 30 years since the Spanish Civil War, is not a man given to long talks with visiting American newsmen. But things in Spain have changed—as has Franco himself—and that is the point of the story.

Surprisingly, Madrid Bureau...