A Letter From the Publisher: Mar. 11, 1985

More than two decades ago, TIME inaugurated its Newstour, an event in which U.S. corporate, philanthropic and educational leaders take on the role of guest journalists, interviewing key personalities in nations that are in the news. A Newstour in 1978 covered 8,000 miles in the Middle East and Africa; three years later the destinations were Eastern Europe and the Middle East; in 1983, Mexico and Panama. TIME has also reversed the process: in May 1981 the magazine arranged for 22 leading European and South African businessmen to meet U.S. policymakers in Washington. Last week, in a similar exercise, TIME invited the...

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