A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 12, 1976

During the course of his reporting for this week's cover story on TV soap operas, TIME Correspondent Leo Janos joined two of the actors on NBC's Days of Our Lives, Susan Seaforth Hayes and her husband Bill, for lunch at a Hollywood restaurant. "A well-known movie star was seated across from us," Janos recalls. "Within 15 minutes of our arrival, the Hayes' were besieged by autograph seekers. I watched the movie actor's face. At first he was simply puzzled, then he was piqued. Finally he became incensed. No one had paid him any attention, and I could tell he had no...

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