A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 3, 1983

For the past 55 years, TIME's Man of the Year covers have depicted real individuals or, on four occasions, a symbolic representation of a group of people: G.I. Joe (1950) the Hungarian Patriot (1956), the Young (1966) and Middle Americans (1969). Several human candidates might have represented 1982, but none symbolized the past year more richly, or will be viewed by history as more significant, than a machine: the computer.

Throughout 1982, TIME chronicled the computer revolution, both by devoting three covers to it and by introducing in April a new Computers section....

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