A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 3, 1969

IF journalists are not as cynical as ' they are often given blame — or credit — for being, they are nonetheless among the least surprised and most prepared of people for the possibilities of both disaster and triumph in human affairs. That, after all, is their business. As TIME'S editors saw it, last week's flight of the Apollo astronauts overshadowed —even if, in the long view of history, it did not cancel out — many of the most compelling events of the year. In just 147 hours, it transformed the pioneers of lunar...

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