A Letter from the Publisher: Oct. 20, 1986

Reporting the news is rarely a Monday-through-Friday job, and TIME often goes to extraordinary lengths to cover late-breaking events. By any standard, however, last weekend's Reagan-Gorbachev meeting in Reykjavik posed a challenge. It was a big story, of course, big enough for TIME to send eight reporters and five photographers to Iceland. The meeting, moreover, was set to conclude early Sunday afternoon, well past the hour that TIME's presses normally start to roll.

Printing deadlines can be set back, and they were. But to ensure that the magazine reached its readers with the smallest possible delay, all aspects of the process,...

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