A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 14, 1970

IN nearly six years as a correspondent for TIME, Peter Forbath has reported the civil war in Cyprus, the Viet Nam War, the Six-Day War in the Middle East and the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia. So it was with some trepidation that Forbath, now posted to the New York bureau, set out to help report this week's cover story on John Fairchild, publisher of Women's Wear Daily and ardent promoter of the controversial midiskirt. "I'm rediscovering America," says Forbath. "I found the fashion world more alien to me than Africa, Southeast Asia or Eastern...

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