A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 11, 1952

When TIME recently ran a story about Dr. William Barry Wood Jr. (May 19), some old-TIMErs recalled that Wood had appeared on TIME'S cover as a star quarterback more than 20 years ago (Nov. 23, 1931). I wondered what had become of a number of other cover subjects of past years who seem to have dropped from the public's sight.

Wood, who represented the rare combination of All-America athlete and Phi Beta Kappa student, was captain of Harvard's football team when he made the cover. Another TIME story a year later showed that he was...

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