A Letter From The Publisher: Apr. 25, 1983

This week's cover story on the oldest member of the U.S. Congress, Florida Democratic Representative Claude Pepper, 82, was reported by Washington Correspondent Hays Gorey, a veteran political reporter who nonetheless admits to some initial misgivings about the assignment. "When I started interviewing Pepper," says Gorey, "I had in mind the stereotype of the aged: I feared that Pepper would repeat himself, that he would have forgotten things. I thought that I would have to look up dates for everything he talked about. How wrong I was. Pepper can reel off dates, names...

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