A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 10, 1958

AMONG the reporters who received — the citation (above) at Cape Canaveral Missile-Testing Center last week was William R. Shelton, longtime resident of central Florida. As TIME'S stringer since 1953, Bill Shelton watched missile progress from the beaches and rooftops near the Cape, reported time and again the dramatic story of missilery's growth. Now, as TIME'S Florida correspondent, Shelton was well-primed to provide background and play-by-play action that ended last week with the glow of a new star in the skies. While Shelton covered the Cape launching of Explorer, Washington Correspondents Ed Rees and Sherwin Badger sweated out the rocket shoot...

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