A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 9, 1962

Except for the politicians and world leaders whose actions make headlines, and whose newsworthiness is obvious, the choice of what face shall appear on the cover of TIME is a process in which any number can and do play. Our correspondents all over the world put forward candidates from their areas; writers in art or music or sports bring up names. And once a week, in their only regularly scheduled get-together, the senior editors of TIME assemble for Cover Conference.

In informal and candid talk, they hear the case for one man against another, discuss the rising or falling of this or...

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