A Letter From The Publisher: Sep. 3, 1984

The nation's two major political parties dominated the news last week: Republicans celebrating the Reagan renomination in Dallas and Democrats concerned with the Ferraro family finances. In each case, TIME interviewed the principals out of the limelight, in surroundings that encouraged both spontaneity and frankness.

New York Bureau Chief John Stacks first covered Geraldine Ferraro last spring, when she was still a Queens Congresswoman. For this issue, he and Correspondent David Beckwith talked for an hour with the vice-presidential candidate and her husband John Zaccaro. Recalls Stacks of the reunion: "Less than four...

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