A Letter From The Publisher: May 21, 1984

"To say that the news of the Soviet withdrawal from the Summer Olympics deflated our Los Angeles staff would be a considerable understatement," says Bureau Chief Benjamin Gate. "Like the athletes training to compete for the medals, we have been preparing our coverage for more than a year: beats were assigned, sources developed and operational plans drawn." Gate heard the unhappy announcement on cable TV last Tuesday morning while he was at home downing a glass of Instant Breakfast. As he made ready to redeploy the bureau's staff, TIME correspondents and stringers around the world were also responding,...

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