A Letter From the Publisher: Jun. 2, 1986

Any TIME cover story requires probing into the psyche and background of the newsmakers it features. This was especially true in the case of this week's cover subject, Governor Mario Cuomo of New York, who is preoccupied by philosophy and ethics as well as politics. Covering him prompted reporters and writers to brush up on theology and study his ethnic heritage in addition to scrutinizing his record and analyzing his speeches.

"I observed Governor Cuomo half-a-dozen times over the course of a few months," says Staff Writer Richard Stengel, who wrote the main story. "He's funny and engaging, a person of...

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