A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 7, 1977

TIME correspondents move around as often as diplomats; the average tour of duty in any one bureau is about three years. The reason: to bring a fresh eye and newly tuned ear to their reporting. In the past few months a full dozen of them have switched locale and sometimes climate, language and hemisphere as well. David Aikman probably faces the stiffest challenge at the moment —establishing a new Eastern European bureau in a 100-year-old farmhouse in West Berlin. He calls it "a forced learning process in the simultaneous skills of driver, messenger, clerk, telex operator and office manager."...

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