From the Managing Editor: Nov 20 1989

This week I am borrowing the space that usually belongs to my colleague, TIME's worldwide publisher Bob Miller, because I want to share with you my excitement over the issue in your hands. We journalists take much of our job satisfaction from the sense that we are constantly recording history as it is made, each day and each week. Last week history came pounding over the wires into our offices and then out to the presses with unusual drama and clarity.

Tuesday's elections gave us America's first elected black Governor, Doug Wilder of Virginia. That event, along with an analysis of...

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