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story. Even cover stories were invented to cover up the real cover.
Of course everybody every year keeps guessing at who it will be, and
making suggestions right up to the last minute.
Who decides, though, ultimately? Who's the committee?
Oh, in final analysis it comes down to the managing editor
and the editor-in-chief. But there are so many other voices that are
heard in the process that you'd have difficulty in saying that
specifically it was one person or another who made the decision.
Did you push for a particular Man of the Year at any year?
Oh I have--I'm trying to remember when. In some years
it's so obvious that you wouldn't even want to waste your breath.
Like this year it was obvious that it had to be Cora--Cori [Corizon]
Aquino of the Philippines. I don't even know whether there was any
discussion about any other candidate. As I surveyed the horizon, it
didn't seem to me there was any body else.
Was it called Man of the Year?
It was Woman of the Year. No no, we haven't made her in
to a man! On the other hand I suppose in 1979 when it was Deng
[Xiaoping], I can't remember the conversation but there probably were
alternatives. You know, whether it should be Deng [Xiaoping] or
whether it should be Khomeini at that point, or what. But, you know,
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