A Letter From The Publisher: May 31, 1982

TIME's story ideas usually originate at editorial meetings in New York, or at weekly conferences in its bureaus around the world. These proposals, breaking news aside, tend to be savored for weeks, even months, before coming anywhere close to appearing in print. But, by the very nature of its business, TIME must react as quickly to the unexpected eruption of genius as to the demands of hard news. This can mean that the normal weeks of planning may be telescoped into a few days, with the whole meticulous preparation process taking on the look...

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