From The Managing Editor: Jun. 15, 1992

Most journalistic careers are counted out in words. Yet mere words do not begin to measure Bill Smith's contribution to TIME in his 3 1/2 decades at the magazine. He wrote thousands of articles, including more than 50 cover stories, on subjects ranging from British elections to Middle East wars and African coups. His 1972 biography of Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere, We Must Run While They Walk, was a highly regarded study of African politics in transition. But when he died of cancer last week at 62, Bill left a legacy few can match in this competitive, high-pressure profession: a reputation...

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