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Time magazine was first published March 3, 1923, with a goal to report news that would keep the “busy man” informed.In 1927, the magazine selected its first “Man of the Year” – a tradition believed to have started when editors were looking for a story to run during a slow news week. The idea was also an attempt to remedy the editorial embarrassment for not having aviator Charles Lindbergh on its cover following his historic trans-Atlantic flight. Later that same year, a cover story featuring Lindbergh as the “Man of the Year” served both purposes: copy for the magazine and patching up the earlier snub.In 1999, the title was changed to “Person of the Year” in an effort to be more inclusive. However, the only women awarded the title were those recognized as The Whistleblowers (2002) and Melinda Gates (jointly with Bill Gates and Bono in 2005). Previously, four women were granted the title as individuals, adapted as “Women of the Year” – Wallis Simpson in 1936, Madame Chiang Kai-shek in 1937, Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 and Corazon Aquino in 1986.Time magazine has not only honored individuals but also classes of people, including the Hungarian Patriot in 1956, U.S. Scientists in 1960, Twenty-Five and Under in 1966, The Middle Americans in 1969, American Women in 1975, The American Soldier in 2003 and You in 2006.Since the list began, every U.S. president has been “Person of the Year” at least once, with the exception of Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover and Gerald Ford. Franklin D. Roosevelt is the only person to have received the title three times (1932, 1934 and 1941). Choosing a “Person of the Year” is no easy task, and Time magazine has had its share of criticism for a few of its picks. Controversy arose when men like Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin were each named “Man of the Year.” The distinction is supposed to go to the person who has most affected the course of the year. So, although it’s only three months into 2010, Streetwise addressed this question: “If you could choose a person or group of people to be named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” who would it be and why?”Source: and

Colorado Springs
Waste management workers. I worked in waste management for six years and with the “green wave” it seemed the environmental problems fell on waste management people and pressure to develop a solution. What I think instead (is that) the waste management companies should work with the manufacturers to come up with a solution rather than have it have fall solely on the shoulders of the waste management guys. They put up with a lot.

Robyn Smith
Colorado Springs
Single parents. My mom was a single parent and I saw how hard it was for her to try and manage everything. Most parents are working two jobs and on top of that trying to juggle babysitters and trying to raise your kids right to keep them out of trouble. Doing all of that as a single parent is hard.

John Gonzales
Drew Brees. I would pick him for the cover because he went to a team that was really down and turned them around. He should run for president – serious!

Teresa Fischer
American soldiers. My dad did 32 years, and he’s a hero. He’s done it all. Been there, lived it.(As a side note Time magazine did honor the American Soldiers on their 2003 cover).

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