Our 50th Year Icon

Dear Reader,

Fifty years. That’s about how long it takes a single acorn that’s found purchase in favorable soil to grow into an oak that’s nearly six stories high — its trunk too wide to wrap your arms around, its shade enough for a whole cheerleading squad. It’s the time it took humanity to go from piloting the first aircraft to breaking the sound barrier. It’s the average lifespan of an Asian elephant, an orangutan, a bald eagle, and an American in 1905. And it’s how long it’s taken The Sun to transform from a hand-stapled, xeroxed journal, sold for twenty-five cents on the streets of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, into the forty-eight pages you now hold in your hand: a steady growth charted across 565 issues.