A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 11, 1978

When Sue Raffety was attending high school in Blackwell, Okla., in the 1950s, she and her classmates wore heavily caked makeup and ruby-red lipstick. "It looked like hell," recalls Raffety, "and hurt our skin. At the time, however, we thought we were glamorous." Like many women, Raffety has done, well, an about-face on cosmetology, and today she prizes those products that help foster a fresh, natural appearance. As the senior reporter-researcher in the Economy and Business section, Raffety suggested and worked on this week's cover story about one of the cosmetics industry's largest retail companies, Revlon, and its president, Michel Bergerac.

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