A Letter From The Publisher: Jul. 29, 1966

MUCH is said and read these days about the young and the old, but the long, productive middle years draw little attention. High time then, the editors decided, to take a look at the middle-aged as a group.

The very phrase used to have a pejorative connotation, a suggestion of decline. But a surprising number of people were willing to admit that they belong in the category, and to talk frankly about their lives and those of their friends. We defined middle age as ranging from 40 to 60. Although she barely qualifies, Actress Lauren Bacall, 41, struck the editors as a...