A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 19, 1984

All presidential elections are extraordinary in their fashion, as have been TIME'S efforts to cover them over the past 60 years. But no special election edition of the magazine has approached the dimensions of this week's issue. It contains 45 pages of election stories, almost twice as many as any such issue in the past. It offers an unprecedented 59 pages of color. It is one of the largest issues TIME has ever published, and it is a record advertising issue.

As has become traditional for our presidential election coverage, TIME went to press four days earlier than usual, and will keep...

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