A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 5, 1962

TIME'S annual choice of Man of the Year is generally kept a secret, even around the office, until the very last. But the man himself was told early in December. With the usual cheerful self-confidence of the Kennedy White House circle, almost the first response heard was: "Has anyone ever made it eight years in a row?" (The answer, of course, is no. Franklin D. Roosevelt made it three times; Churchill, Truman, Eisenhower, George C. Marshall and Stalin twice.) TIME'S criterion for its choice is the man who "dominated the news of that...

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