A Letter From The Publisher, May 22, 1972

IF Omaha's grade school children made the final selection of TIME'S next Man (or Woman) of the Year, Richard Nixon would be the choice, but he would have some competition from Wife Pat, Adviser Henry Kissinger, the astronauts and an assortment of surprise contenders including Elvis Presley, Howard Hughes, Willie Mays and the Tooth Fairy. These were among the picks of youngsters in grades one through eight who participated in an unusual exercise in art and opinion sampling. We invited pupils who visited the recent TIME Cover Art Show in Omaha to submit their candidates. Each child was required to illustrate...

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