A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 4, 1976

Like 90 million of his fellow Americans, Jim Walsh of Royal Oak, Mich., sat down with his family last Thursday night to watch the first Ford-Carter debate on their 21-in. color TV. But, unlike their neighbors, the Walshes had invited a stranger into the family room of their suburban home. Both Jim and Pat Walsh were undecided about whom they would vote for on Nov. 2. So Detroit Bureau Chief Edwin Reingold asked if he could join them for the debate, to report firsthand on their reactions to the candidates.

Jim Walsh was one...

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