A Letter From the Publisher: Mar. 4, 1985

Before setting out to report this week's cover story on Texas Oilman T. Boone Pickens, Senior Correspondent Frederick Ungeheuer did some preliminary interviews. "Everyone I talked to," he says, "told me, 'One thing about covering Boone--you'll enjoy yourself.' And they were absolutely right." Ungeheuer retraced Pickens' life from its beginnings in Holdenville, Okla., to his early days as a geologist and wildcatter in the Southwest's Anadarko Basin, to Denver, Houston, Wall Street and Amarillo, Texas, his present home and headquarters.

For more than a week, Ungeheuer observed Pickens at work. Traveling with Pickens was part of the fun. "He uses a...

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