A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 19, 1962

NOT in a long time have the editors of TIME received so much mail from readers as they have over Pietro Annigoni's cover portrait of President Kennedy as Man of the Year. The issue was also one of the biggest sellers on the newsstands in a long time. The verdict of the readers who wrote to us is running against the portrait—although (as our letters column shows) there is another group of readers, initially shocked, who end by praising.

At the White House the diplomatic silence was broken by Caroline Kennedy, asking her father: "Daddy, where did you get those spooky eyes?"...

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