A Letter From the Publisher: Mar. 9, 1987

Near the end of each week Senior Writer George Church pursues a late-evening ritual. Up and down, up and down, Church slowly paces the corridor of the Nation section in his stocking feet, puzzling out his story, drawing together elements from a welter of reportage and weaving those parts into the firm, seamless narratives that have made his writing almost legendary at TIME. Every so often on these jaunts a thoughtful grunt escapes his lips and he smiles in satisfaction. He then heads quickly back to his computer terminal to tap out the results of his stroll in paragraphs of carefully...