From the Managing Editor: Jan 1 1990

"I know it's Gorbachev. Who else could it be?" How many times we have heard those words in the past few months from friends and colleagues -- even a few competitors -- trying to guess our annual secret. While the choice of the Soviet President may not astonish many readers, one aspect of the decision was a bigger secret than usual. Among ourselves, we referred to it as "the D factor." Instead of naming Mikhail Gorbachev Man of the Year for 1989, we decided to designate him Man of the Decade. The only precedent for such a departure from the Y...

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