A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 4, 1979

Even the deftest of writers might be excused for a little nervous clearing of the throat, perspiration on the palms and other involuntary manifestations of the trembles at the assignment: a cover story on Russell Baker, the humor columnist who writes so deftly himself that he won this year's Pulitzer Prize for commentary. But Contributor John Skow did not flinch. Says Skow: "I've followed Baker's column since he started it 17 years ago. You can tell merely by reading him that he's a very approachable man."

Skow approached Baker at his Nantucket Island retreat, where he found the columnist on his knees,...

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