A Letter From the Publisher: Sep. 2, 1985

Along with the 55,000 letters TIME receives from readers each year come occasional gifts of photographs, artwork and embroidery. But none in recent months was quite as surprising as the 3-ft. by 5-ft. by 1-ft. crate that contained 1,000 colorful paper birds folded, largely from pages of TIME, in Japanese origami style.

The gift came from Tina Koyama of Seattle, who had crafted the birds as part of the Million Cranes project sponsored by Ploughshares, a local peace group. The project's aim, Koyama explained in an accompanying letter, was to send 1,000 paper cranes to each of 1,000 influential leaders around...

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