A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 3, 1951

Dear Time-Reader

Every Tuesday afternoon at 4, the hum and clatter stop in TIME'S Letters department and the 15 girls there hold their weekly tea, usually with one self-conscious male guest. Recently I was the guest, having invited myself to announce that Marylois Purdy, acting head of the department for six months and the head researcher for TIME'S National Affairs department for six years before that, is the new permanent department head.

This is a department which once consisted of a single secretary, who took over the job TIME'S editors had done themselves from...

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