A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 20, 1977

Closing night on a weekly magazine is always somewhat stressful, since events have a way of refusing to recognize deadlines. On Friday evening, as TIME prepared to close, two startling incidents occurred almost simultaneously. No sooner had word of James Earl Ray's escape reached our offices than some half a dozen correspondents were sent into action, and the editors in New York began preparations to put Ray on the cover. In Atlanta, Larry Woods immediately chartered a plane to get to the remote Brushy Mountain state prison, while Joe Kane and Jef McAllister of our Washington bureau drove all night to...

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