A Letter From the Publisher: Dec. 22, 1986

In this holiday season, TIME takes a look at the myths and legends of childhood that have managed to survive even into this electronic age. We examine the ways in which those cartoon dolls He-Man and She-Ra are descended from Hansel and Gretel, and how the dragons and tin soldiers of old have evolved into today's plastic dinosaurs and G.I. Joes. But it is not only the myths that endure: often, traces of childhood still lurk beneath the tough hide of adults. This holds true, we found last week, even when those grownups work for TIME. Editors, writers and reporter-researchers often...

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