A Letter From The Publisher, Aug. 27, 1973

Our recent cover story, "The Good Life in Minnesota," apparently came as a shock to French Journalist Pierre Billard. Writing in the newsmagazine Le Point, he explained that he was jolted not by "learning that the American Paradise is in Minnesota" but by "finding TIME devoting its cover and ten full pages [twelve in the U.S.] to the revelation." "TIME," he suggested, "has just invented a new kind of journalism . . . Cars that do not have accidents, planes that are not hijacked, rivers that are not polluted, politicians who are honest, couples loving each other without drama or complexes...

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