A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 4, 1954

Every TIME reporter expects to encounter unexpected hazards in line of duty. But few of them have a story to match the recent experience of TIME'S part-time correspondent Bob Collins, a reporter on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The story began on a Friday afternoon when Reporter Collins returned to his office and found a TIME query asking him to attend a press conference held by a visiting president of a large company. The conference had ended two hours earlier, and Collins was unable to find anyone to brief him sufficiently on what happened at the conference. He decided to put in a...

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