To Our Readers: Jun. 2, 1997

When Michael Duffy was hired as a TIME correspondent in 1985, he couldn't believe his good fortune. "Are you sure you're not making a big mistake?" he asked the deputy chief of correspondents. An odd question to put to one's new boss, but then Duffy has never been a stickler for convention. Working first in TIME's Washington bureau as Pentagon correspondent, then as a political reporter covering both the Bush and Clinton presidencies, Duffy developed a reputation as a maverick with a knack for finding the unturned stone in even the most thoroughly trodden beat--most notably in 1986, when he broke...

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