Celebrating 75 Years of U.S. News

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"The Straight-Talking Writer Who Started It All" [May 26-June 2] was a great trip down memory lane concerning the 75th Anniversary of U.S.News & World Report.

It reminds me of how fortunate we are to be living in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available for any citizen to access.

Larry Penner

Great Neck, N. Y .  

When my husband and I were married in 1953 we decided that we could afford one magazine subscription and chose U.S. News. It followed us to Memphis and San Diego during his U.S. Navy tour, Manhattan, Kansas for college on the GI Bill and finally back home to the Missouri Ozarks where we settled down to raise our family. As a young stay at home mother, U.S. News kept me connected to the wider world and made me think about issues outside of my limited environment. David Lawrence, in his eloquent commentary, helped me to identify and put to use my conservative values. I still have a Christmas message torn from the last page of an issue this Jewish editor penned many years ago. This year my husband and I celebrated 55 years of married life and this magazine has been like the third rail of our life together. Thanks for maintaining a high standard of ethical journalism that has enriched so many lives with knowledge.

Mary Ann Frazee

Mountain Grove , M o.  

Your article on David Lawrence brought back memories. My late father was one of your early subscribers back in 1948. I came across a stash of those issues while cleaning out the attic of my late parents' home in recent years. The article's picture of David Lawrence as a younger/middle aged man was a revelation; my only recollection of him was as an old man. In fact, I recall a newspaper ad for your magazine which said something to the effect of "subscribe to the magazine edited by the man who scooped the country on Grover Cleveland's death."

Leonard W. Williams

Sunnyvale , Calif.  

The May 26-June 2 issue featured Rick Newman's excellent article regarding Joe Galloway and his journalism on the war in Vietnam ["The Story Behind We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young"]. I raise only one point of semantics where Newman indicates that America was destined to "lose" the war. This loser mentality was started by Walter Cronkite following the 1968 Tet Offensive when he announced that America could not win this war. What Cronkite did not know when he made this announcement was that the Viet Cong had been totally destroyed and the North Vietnamese military suffered a historic defeat throughout South Vietnam. Instead of these military victories being the impetus to finish the war, the defeatist attitude simply emboldened the hippies and other antiwar politicos. President Johnson was so despondent he refused a reelection bid, and Nixon soon had his hands tied with war protesters in Washington. In 1972 when we had withdrawn most of our forces from Vietnam, the North Vietnamese launched another major ground attack—The Easter Offensive. Again, the Communists suffered a staggering defeat. By 1973, the American military was gone from Vietnam. The Communists were the only losers in the military battles. I agree that we did not achieve the goal of establishing a strong South Vietnamese government. But do not say the American military lost that war. The American military won every aspect of the war in Vietnam, and then, our political leaders abandoned that country to be taken over by the rag tag remnants of what was left of the North Vietnamese army.

Russell J. Fontenot

Cedar Park , Texas  

U.S. News for 35 years has been a habit of enlightenment for me. I join the other millions of readers encouraging you to stay the course and help us enjoy the literary freedom represented by the first two letters in your name. Congratulations for 3/4 of a century of service to mainstream America.

Tim Jordan

Cowarts, Ala.