A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 29, 1979

When Dick Serafin left his TIME office in Chicago, the weather reports were forecasting only a light snowfall.

That prospect did not faze him at all. As TIME'S Chicago production and distribution manager, he is used to coping with the challenges of his city's winters. But Serafin awoke the next morning to find nearly a foot of snow on the ground, with more coming. "It was snowing so heavily," he recalls, "that I couldn't see the end of my block. I was completely surprised—and very worried."

Understandably so. Every weekend the pages of TIME are composed on film at Chicago's R.R. Donnelley &...

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