To Our Readers, Feb. 20, 1995

Soon after he took his post at Time in 1993, managing editor James R. Gaines expressed a desire to set up a meeting with Fidel Castro. Last August negotiations between Time and Cuban officials began in earnest, and Time Inc. chairman Reginald K. Brack requested a meeting as well. On Feb. 1, with an agreement near, Gaines and Brack traveled to Havana, accompanied by Time International managing editor Karsten Prager, chief of correspondents Joelle Attinger, deputy chief of correspondents Richard Hornik and Miami bureau chief Cathy Booth.

For two days the Time delegation was bounced back and forth among Cuban bureaucrats,...

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