A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 4, 1963

TIME'S choice of a Man of the Year seems, in retrospect, an obvious extension of our practice of singling out a man each week to put on our cover. But not until TIME was nearly five years old did it occur to the editors to proclaim a hero it described as "the most cherished citizen since Theodore Roosevelt" as Man of the Year. In those vividly irreverent days, TIME, in the midst of much praise, noted Charles A. Lindbergh's large feet, and ruefully recorded: "Eleanor Glyn avers he lacks It."

Next year, TIME recorded that "the doings of Walter P. Chrysler, already...

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