Letters: Dec. 31, 1999


"The Person of the Century should be someone who held true to his beliefs and was prepared to fight for them." PAULA MOUNTAIN-AGAR York, England

This has been the century in which the voices of ordinary people were widely heard for the first time, the century of mass suffrage but also the century of mass suffering. Ordinary people died in the trenches, in a deadly influenza epidemic, went hungry in the Great Depression, brought Adolf Hitler to power and died in the death camps. The Person of the Century should be the common man, the unsung hero who encompasses...

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