A Letter From The Publisher: Nov. 14, 1983

Journalists are fond of the saying that they write the first draft of history. But on some 20 occasions in the past four decades, TIME's editors have determined that a historically significant individual merited a journalistic "second draft" to assess his contributions and character in light of of, contemporary events, opinions and scholarship. In this week's cover story, 20 years after John F. Kennedy's death in Dallas, Senior Writer Lance Morrow tries to distinguish between the 35th President's accomplishments and the en during myths. Observes Morrow: "The past inhabits us and defines us...

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