A Letter From The Publisher: Aug. 17, 1962

SOME people reach the cover of TIME on the spur of a sudden event; others are chosen at the capstoning moment of a long career. Still others belong to a category of "cover-worthy" candidates whose familiar names are continually under consideration, but for one reason or another in the random play of the news, never make our cover.

Senator Harry Byrd's case is an unusual one. It has been 27 years since he last appeared on TIME'S cover, and yet in the intervening years he has been continually in the news and rarely out of...

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