A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 30, 1957

NEXT week, for the 30th time since 1928, our cover will show the person chosen by the editors as Man of the Year. As most readers know, TIME's choice is based not on a popularity poll but on a single criterion: Who did the most in the year to affect the news for good or ill?

This year, as usual, many of you nominated your own candidates (see LETTERS). Among the nominees: Billy Graham, Governor Faubus, Laika, Jonas Salk, President Eisenhower, Bert and Harry Piel, Khrushchev, Nobel Prizewinner Lester Pearson, Mike Todd and two, symbolic nominees, the scientist and the American Negro.

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