A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 12, 1983

As chief architect of one of the world's largest, most influential news enterprises, TIME's co-founder and editor Henry R. Luce (1898-1967) was profoundly aware of the astonishing growth and power of the U.S. press in the 20th century. In 1947 he said, "Today nearly every American's mind—and soul—is directly and daily affected by the press." Luce believed that journalism had a dual purpose: "A service first ... of news and comment on public affairs. And second, a service of culture, a service of food for the imagination and the feelings and sensitivities of...

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