A Letter From The Publisher, Sep. 20, 1971

THE spine of the newsmagazine concept that TIME introduced is the presentation of news in clearly defined departments. Like any vertebrate structure, our format has had to be flexible. The editors, responding to the trend of events, have periodically dropped or merged old departments and started new ones. AERONAUTICS was part of the first issue, later was incorporated into a department called TRANSPORT, which eventually was absorbed by BUSINESS. BEHAVIOR and ENVIRONMENT appeared for the first time in 1969, when these subjects became too important to be reported satisfactorily within other sections.

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