A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 27, 1975

During the Great Depression Americans flocked to amusement parks to hear swing bands and to moviehouses to watch battalions of Busby Berkeley chorines sing We're In the Money. Hard times, it seems, called for escape. For half a century, TIME'S People section, with its glimpses of the famous and infamous, has offered readers escape from news of assassinations, wars and economic woes. Today, though recession is crimping the style of many of their subjects, Staff Writer Gina Mallet and Reporter-Researcher Amanda Macintosh, our People section's Sherlock Holmes and Watson, carry on the department's tradition.

Macintosh and Mallet spend several nights a week...

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