A Letter From The Publisher: Dec. 24, 1984

The videocassette recorder is 1984's I machine of the year." So says Reporter-Researcher Peter Ainslie, in a smiling reference to TIME'S designation of the computer as Machine of the Year for 1982. Ainslie has a point: in his extensive reporting for this week's cover stories on the video revolution, he learned that VCRs are outselling personal computers by 1½ million units this year. The revolution has touched all those involved in preparing the cover package. "A new video store seems to open every month in a New York neighborhood," says Ainslie. "Some of...

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