From The Publisher: Jun. 14, 1993

Good things -- from democracy in South Africa to major political interviews -- are often long in the planning. In May of last year, deputy managing editor John F. Stacks, while lunching in Manhattan with Johannesburg bureau chief Scott MacLeod, hatched the idea of conducting paired interviews with Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk. The sessions, Stacks reasoned, might be not only newsworthy but historic.

Returning to his post in South Africa, MacLeod swung into action to set up the interviews. He was hoping for a milestone to make the timing of the story most meaningful, and after last week's multiparty...

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