40 years ago today - Oct 11, 1976
Wendell J. Ashton, Managing Director of Public Communications for the Church, states in an interview: ". . . public communications is not a matter of reacting, but of taking the initiative in dealing with the public and particularly with the news media. So, since 1972 we've been trying to take the initiative in letting the world know the Mormon people for what they are and for what they stand. We now have approximately 1,000 people in church service as public communications coordinators and directors who are making contacts with the news media."