Publisher's Letter

updated 08/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/27/1984 AT 01:00 AM EDT

With summer fast ebbing, autumn will soon bring its own pleasures and treasures. And with our third annual Fall Preview, beginning on page 50, we offer a 13-page harvest of what's newsworthy and noteworthy in the months ahead. In charge of the roundup: Senior Editor Dick Lemon, 54, who masterminded the enterprise, beginning way back in June with what he calls "laundry lists." Eventually 13 PEOPLE bureaus from L.A. to Rome were enlisted, contributing more than 150 suggestions. Meanwhile 1,000-plus photos were being sifted by picture project editor Polly Martin, 27.

Even during his three-week July vacation in France's Burgundy district to visit his son Ted, 26, a wine-maker (elder son Ben, 29, is a New York actor), Lemon kept alert for ideas. "In the International Herald Tribune," he says, "I saw a one-inch story on the return of Doonesbury and decided to include it."

Riding herd on the six writers, three editors and six reporters assigned to the Fall Preview has earned Lemon the Clint Eastwood moniker "the Enforcer." But co-workers know this Yalie (class of '52) as a particularly genial man of impeccable credentials. A senior editor for the past year, Lemon cut his journalistic teeth doing the New Yorker's "The Talk of the Town" from 1954 to 1959, along with John Updike. For five years Lemon wrote TV and movie reviews and features at Newsweek, followed by five years at the old Saturday Evening Post before becoming editor of the Sunday Magazine at the New York Daily News. Married 32 years to Molly Robbins, an elementary school guidance counselor, Lemon has lived in Bedford, N.Y. for 27 years. The Providence, R.I. native enjoys tennis, riding in the West and local politics. In fact, as "the first Democrat elected to the Town Board in Bedford in this century," Lemon turned his eight-year experience into "the best piece I ever wrote"—"Confessions of a Small-Time Politician," which won him a coveted Page One Award.

With the Fall Preview closed, Lemon can confess his favorite season is summer. "I used to hate to see it end," he says, "but now I mind it less." After perusing the Fall Preview, we hope our readers can say the same.

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