A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 9, 1978

Correspondent James Willwerth has covered war in Saigon and peace (almost as harrowing) in the streets of New York City. Last week he was on his new beat in Hollywood, but his subjects were presumably still tough: Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood. "Covering illusion, I suspect, is going to be just as confusing as reporting reality," says Willwerth. Part of the confusion came from spending a few days with Reynolds. The flashy-flip, skirt-chasing, tire-burning macho hero of Semi-Tough, and a score of other cinematic excursions, proved to be a "semi-shy, urbane homebody." It...

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