A Letter From the Publisher: Apr. 25, 1988

Associate Editor Stephen Koepp still likes Pirates of the Caribbean best. "As a kid growing up in Wisconsin, whenever I went to Disneyland, I was always yearning to get out of the boat and join the pirates." As writer of the main story in this week's cover package on the burgeoning Disney empire, Koepp was able to revisit Disneyland and Pirates of the Caribbean, and, of course, childhood. He reports, "Once more, I wanted to climb out and join the pirates."

For Koepp and the other TIME journalists who produced this week's cover stories on the Walt Disney kingdom of movies,...

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