A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 22, 1984

No one was more surprised than TIME Correspondent Jack E. White when he was tapped as a panelist for last week's debate between Vice-Presidential Candidates George Bush and Geraldine Ferraro. White was at his parents' home in Washington when he was informed by TIME'S news desk that League of Women Voters' President Dorothy Ridings was phoning to try to enlist him. White accepted the invitation with alacrity.

In a sense, he has spent the entire year preparing for the event. During the primeries, White helped cover all three of the major candidates...

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