To Our Readers: Dec. 25, 1995

FOR CORRESPONDENT Karen Tumulty, the voyage to this year's Man of the Year cover began 14 months ago in an eight-seat commuter plane flying from Oklahoma City to Rochester, Minnesota, with a colorful but still relatively obscure U.S. Congressman named Newt Gingrich. Tumulty had just joined TIME's Washington bureau from the Los Angeles Times and was assigned to follow the Representative from Georgia who had suddenly grabbed the national spotlight by leading a conservative charge that took even his Republican Party compatriots by surprise. As one of just a few reporters on the road with Gingrich, Tumulty watched as he conducted...

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