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Hedley Donovan had as much influence on the political coverage of
the magazines as Luce had when he was alive?
Oh no. No no no. No, as a matter of fact you could
really say that the Carter infatuation was nearly an aberration in
Hedley's general attitude. In general he was much more objective and
distant. Not, sort of, personally involved. Interested in
everything, but at no time showing any particular stripes of his own.
Anything that you recall about the 1980 election?
Yes. Drove me crazy. I felt that the choices were
becoming more and more difficult. Parenthetically I'm stepping back.
Carter appears again in 1979 with the caption, “Carter's Bold
Mission.” Another cover, Carter and Brezhnev. Of course presidents
always appear on the cover. “Carter at the Crossroads.” Plenty of
attention paid to him. We pay so much attention to presidents in
this country. You know, we've built up the presidency to such a high
point that we'll never have a president that satisfies us again.
Here's Jimmy Carter in 1980. I guess that's when he was running
All right. You wanted to move on to President then-elect
Yes. But you were saying that the choices had narrowed for you
personally in that election.
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