To Our Readers: Dec. 20, 1993

The year was 1943 when Eugene Coyle, a 15-year-old Irish kid from the Bronx, joined TIME as a part-time copyboy. He liked the job, and he stayed. And stayed. Over the next 50 years, Gene became a smiling, unflappable presence in these corridors. His career as an art director and a production director spanned the revolution from lead type to the computer age, and his work has helped define the look and feel of the magazine. Most recently, as chief of makeup for TIME's international editions, Gene has supervised the production of as many as a dozen different versions of the...

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