From The Publisher: Sep. 9, 1991

TIME often serves as a chronicler of history. But sometimes we are reminded that the magazine has a rich history of its own. Recently, for instance, Lieut. Commander Stephen White found a plaque in a Navy storeroom in Yokosuka, Japan. "Bill Chickering Theater. In Memory of William Henry Chickering," it read. "TIME War Correspondent Killed in Action Aboard the U.S.S. New Mexico. Luzon, P.I. January 1945." He wrote to Paul E. Wilson, a professor of naval science at the University of New Mexico, who contacted us. Intrigued, we went to the Time Inc. archives and retrieved the memory of a fine...

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