A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 17, 1983

Journalism's unpredictable demands can occasionally fray the nerves of the staunches! individuals, but TIME'S staffers have learned to take the unexpected in stride. Boston Bureau Chief Barry Hillenbrand was lunching in "your above-average greasy spoon" in Boston's Back Bay when he learned by phone that he had been assigned to report a cover story on James Levine, the internationally acclaimed music director of New York City's Metropolitan Opera. Levine was 4,000 miles away in Austria conducting at the Salzburg festival. Could Hillenbrand, who had reported major TIME stories on such subjects as...

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