A Letter From The Publisher, Feb. 18, 1974

During the past calendar year a record 81,807 letters to TIME crossed the desk of Letters Chief Maria Luisa Cisneros. Letters about Nation stories led the lists, as always, and our Watergate stories attracted the most attention. A January 1973 profile of a little-known former CIA agent named E. Howard Hunt attracted a trickle of mail from seven readers. In subsequent months G. Gordon Liddy, L. Patrick Gray, John Dean and James McCord would all appear on TIME covers, and the response to Watergate would grow to a flood of 23,000 letters. Wrote one critic of the President, "When the whole...

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