A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 20, 1982

When President Lyndon Johnson demanded a researcher to help him prepare speeches, his talent scouts knew where to look. L.B J. hired former TIME Magazine Researcher Cecilia Dempster Bellinger, who had once worked in our Maps and Charts department. One day after she was on board the White House staff, the President, working hard on a text, was heard to shout out in frustration, "But Mrs. Bellinger won't let me say that!"

TIME editors and writers, before and since, know exactly what L.B.J. was complaining about: the often excruciating precision of the TIME...

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