A Letter From The Publisher, Jul. 25, 1977

Covering a crisis like last week's blackout in New York is a special challenge for newsmen—particularly when they themselves are affected by the emergency. When the lights went off and the elevators stopped moving at 9:34 Wednesday night, a few staff members were still in the Time-Life Building in midtown Manhattan. Some stayed on through the night, finishing stories by emergency lighting; others walked down as many as 26 flights of stairs to the dark, crowded street below. Among those in the building was New York Bureau Chief Laurence Barrett, who immediately began phoning correspondents to deploy them around the city:...

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