A Letter From the Publisher: Jan. 7, 1985

Ever since Charles Lindbergh was named TIME's first Man of the Year 57 years ago, the selection of the man, woman or even, for 1982, Machine of the Year (the computer) has been the result of a long and thorough process. Senior members of the editorial staff and bureau chiefs around the world submit their nominations, which are then reviewed by Managing Editor Ray Cave and Time Inc. Editor in Chief Henry Grunwald. The criterion remains constant: the Man of the Year is the person who, for better or worse, has most significantly influenced the events of the past twelve months.

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