A Letter From the Publisher: May 19, 1986

This week's cover stories mark a turning point in the life of a singular generation. The rebellious kids of the '60s who stoutly declared they would "never trust anyone over 30" are themselves now turning 40. Contemplating this occasion, TIME's own aging Baby Boomers and their elders thought it provided a unique opportunity to reflect not only on the idiosyncrasies of a generation but on the many changes and tensions over the past several decades of American life. (

The main architects of the cover stories admit that they saw themselves all too often in much of the reporting that poured...

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