A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 7, 1969

Hate California, it's cold and it's damp . . .

The Lady Is a Tramp, Rodgers and Hart

LORENZ HART was a superb lyricist, but he had his failings as a reporter. Hate California? Cold and damp? Just tell that to the citizens of the nation's most populous and most fascinating state, glowing with sunlight, blessed by beauty, rich beyond counting. In its cover story this week, TIME examines its people—who they are, what they seek, how California affects the U.S., present and future.

The idea was suggested by Jesse Birnbaum, our San Francisco bureau chief since last January after 18 years as...

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