A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 20, 1961

EVENTS happen, but news sometimes has to be discovered. And frequently the kind of trend that to each community seems merely a local manifestation takes on a different importance when seen as part of a national shift in sentiment. Such is the subject of shelters—a year ago the disdained preoccupation of a few earnest civil defense types; then the subject of morbid jokes (betokening an increased preoccupation) and now increasingly a topic of lively dinner table concern. This week TIME'S cover story is devoted to shelters, an impressive piecing together of a nation's bewildered discussion and preparation for what it once...

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