TIME.com This Week DEC. 24 - JAN. 6

DEC. 24 - JAN. 6

PERSON OF THE YEAR To capture Rudy Giuliani bestriding his beloved, altered skyline, photographer Gregory Heisler--who has shot seven previous People of the Year--wanted to set up on the roof of Rockefeller Center's General Electric Building. Unfortunately, the roof has been closed for years, insurance problems proliferated, and the weather would not cooperate. Heisler, at left, in hat, finally prevailed and built a wooden platform leading to a ledge hundreds of feet above the street. "Some of the mayor's security people were nervous for him," says Heisler. "But he just yelled, 'Wow!' and bounded up to hit his mark."

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