A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 7, 1953

This is the season when the editors of TIME begin considering candidates for TIME'S Man of the Year — the person, man or woman, who dominated the news of the year and left his mark, for good or ill, on history. Picking the Man of the Year for the first January cover has been a TIME tradition since the first week of January 1928. Then the choice was clear: Charles Augustus Lindbergh, the young man who on May 20-21, 1927, soloed the Atlantic in 33 hrs. 30 min. and captured the admiration of the entire world.

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