A Letter From The Editors, Nov. 13, 1978

It used to be said that in its early decades, TIME was staffed by poets or, at any rate, by writers who cared more about words than about news. Today we still venerate the word, and we still harbor some poets in our midst, but for a long time now they have been complemented by trained newsmen. One of the first of that breed to join the magazine was Eben Roy Alexander, who came to TIME in 1939 as a veteran reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. As managing editor from 1949 to 1960, he in a sense led TIME into...

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