A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 26, 1976

Last week at a luncheon in New York's Hotel Pierre, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the American Society of Magazine Editors held the eleventh annual National Magazine Award presentation. A Special Award in the Field of Public Service was presented to TIME for last year's Bicentennial issue, "Independence!," the most popular issue in the magazine's 53-year history. Four days earlier, TIME had won the national Headliners Award for this same July 4, 1776, issue. Both honors came as Senior Editor Otto Friedrich, who edited our first Bicentennial special, was plunging into the closing stage of preparation for the...