A Letter From The Publisher, Jun. 9, 1980

One of the privileges of journalism is the license to learn from people who know, and exercising that license can take many forms. Periodically the editors of TIME conclude that a particularly complex issue or problem can best be plumbed by inviting the best and brightest minds from a number of callings to sit around a table and bounce-pass ideas at one another. Facts are shared, opinions are ventilated, brains are stormed and much coffee is consumed. The result is almost always that rarest and most vital of transmutations: information becomes knowledge, as TIME editors, writers, reporter-researchers and correspondents find that...

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