From the Publisher: Feb 13 1989

We have two kinds of correspondents here at TIME: those stationed in bureaus across the globe, and you, our readers, who are often illuminated, amused or just plain alarmed enough by a TIME story to write us. A case in point: our issue naming the endangered earth Planet of the Year. As of last week, the story has drawn 1,687 letters, the largest outpouring of mail for a Man of the Year issue since TIME selected the Ayatullah Khomeini in 1979.

"The story definitely struck a chord," says Nancy Chase, who, along with fellow reporter-researcher Megan Rutherford, helps select and edit...

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