A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 20, 1980

Science Editor Fred Golden first met Carl Sagan, this week's cover subject, in 1969, when TIME did a story on possible earth contamination from the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission. Golden, who had just come to the subject after writing for the World section, was eager to develop a list of specialists he could count on for expert advice and story ideas. He struck gold with Sagan and his gift for putting complex ideas into compelling language. Golden remembers him as a "very accessible and articulate young scientist who had a marvelous ability to get quickly to the heart of an issue—an...

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