A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 31, 1973

As TIME'S 94 correspondents round the world can readily testify, 1973 was an unusual year with many challenges. But in the course of pursuing stories for the magazine, correspondents had some offbeat adventures. Hong Kong Bureau Chief Roy Rowan, for instance, was in Peking to cover a reception given by the Chinese for visiting Ethiopian dignitaries last February. Rowan was jogging early one morning when a bearded man leaned out of a taxicab and frantically ordered him to stop. The man was a French television cameraman who had been assigned to record the first signs of the American presence in Peking...

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