A Letter From The Publisher, Jan. 1, 1973

IN the 45 years since Charles Lindbergh appeared on TIME's cover as the first Man of the Year, the annual search for his successors has been eagerly joined by our readers. Among the hundreds of letters that arrived this month in behalf of the man or woman who most changed the year's news, whether for good or ill, were votes for Washington Redskins Coach George Allen, Feminist Gloria Steinem and former Beatle John Lennon.

While astronauts, scientists and religious leaders have all succeeded Lindbergh through the years, those with the most impact on news have usually been the world's — and America's...

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