A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 25, 1968

A JACKIE KENNEDY watcher from way back, Boston Bureau Chief Gavin Scott was understandably skeptical about the story in the Boston Herald Traveler. After all, he says, "when I was in Madrid I covered a Jackie-and-Garrigues scare; when I was in London it was a Harlech scare." Now some headline writer seemed to be marrying Jackie off to Aristotle Onassis. Though the story sounded dubious, Scott was cautious enough to check it out. Soon he was on the phone to New York alerting the editors to this week's late-breaking cover story.

Within hours, TIME correspondents were going after the story in...