A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 24, 1969

TIME'S Sept. 5 issue with New York's go-go Mets on its cover was hardly off the presses before the letters started pouring in. "I winced," groaned one New Yorker. "A TIME cover has so often been a hex. Let's hope the Mets survive your curse." Chuckled a Chicagoan, whose Cubs were then still in first place: "Many thanks for the 'kiss of death' cover story on the Mets." Shortly thereafter, the Mets swept a three-game series with the Cubs, and the rest is glorious history. Cartoonist Willard Mullin, who drew the original cover, shows...

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