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Groups/Objects of the Year vs Men of the Year

Groups/Objects Win, 5-1

Time Magazine has given its annual "Man," "Woman," "Person," "Machine," "Planet," of the Year award since 1927. This makes it older than the annual Oscar (movie) Award. Charles Lindbergh was the first of 77 award winners. In 1936, The Duchess of Windsor, Mrs. Simpson, became the first of four Women of the Year. In 1950 Time named not an individual but a group, "The American Fighting-Man" as its "Person" of the Year. Explaining their unique selection, Time's editors wrote,
The man of 1950 was not a statesman; Dean Acheson and his fellow diplomats of the free world had, in 1950, notably failed to stop the march of Communism. Nor was 1950's man a general; the best commander of the year, MacArthur, had blundered and been beaten. Nor a scientist, for science—so sure at the century's beginning that it had all the answers—now waited for the politicians (or anyone else) to find a way of controlling the terrible power that science had released. Nor an industrialist, for 1950, although it produced more goods than any other year in the world's history, was not preoccupied with goods, but with life & death. Nor a scholar, for the world of 1950 was surfeited with undigested facts, and sought its salvation not in the conquest of new knowledge but in what it could relearn from old old, old lessons. 1950's man might turn out to be the aging conspirator, Joseph Stalin but as the year closed, that dreadful prospect was far from certain; if he was winning the game and not just an inning, Stalin's historians would record that 1950—and all other years from the death of Lenin—belonged to him. Or 1950's man might turn out to be an unknown saint, quietly living above the clash of armies and ideas. Him, too, the future would have to find...As the year ended, 1950's man seemed to be an American in the bitterly unwelcome role of the fighting-man. It was not a role the American had sought, either as an individual or as a nation. The U.S. fighting-man was not civilization's crusader, but destiny's draftee. (Time Magazine: January 1, 1951 Issue)
In 2003, The American Soldier was selected for the second time as Time's "Person of the Year". Describing their choice, the editors wrote,
It is worth remembering that our pilots and sailors and soldiers are, for starters, all volunteers, in contrast to most nations, which conscript those who serve in their armed forces. Ours are serving in 146 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The 1.4 million men and women on active duty make up the most diverse military in our history, and yet it is not exactly a mirror of the country it defends. It is better educated than the general population and overweighted with working-class kids and minorities. About 40% of the troops are Southern, 60% are white, 22% are black, and a disproportionate number come from empty states like Montana and Wyoming.
Several individuals but no group has ever repeated as Time's selection. Franklin Roosevelt was "Man of the Year" three times (1932, 1934, and 1941).

This personal cosmic baseball game matches objects and groups who have won Time's annual award against a team of individuals who have been "Men of the Year" more than once.

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Awards by Year (1927-2003)







1927 Lindbergh, Charles
1928 Chrysler
1929 Young, Owen D.
1930 Gandhi
1931 Laval, Pierre
1932 Roosevelt, Franklin D.
1933 Johnson, Hugh S.
1934 Roosevelt, Franklin D.
1935 Selassie, Haile
1936 Simpson, Mrs. W.
1937 Kai-Shek, Chaing
1938 Hitler, Adolf
1939 Stalin, Josef
1940 Churchill, Winston
1941 Roosevelt, Franklin D.
1942 Stalin, Josef
1943 Marshall, George
1944 Eisenhower, Dwight D.
1945 Truman, Harry S.
1946 Byrnes, James F.
1947 Marshall, George
1948 Truman, Harry S.
1949 Churchill, Winston
1950 Fighting Man
1951 Mossadegh
1952 Queen Elizabeth II
1953 Adenauer, Konrad
1954 Dulles, John F.
1955 Curtice, Harlow
1956 Freedom Fighter
1957 Khruschev, Nikita
1958 De Gaulle, Charles
1959 Eisenhower, Dwight D.
1960 U.S. Scientists
1961 Kennedy, John F.
1962 Pope John XXIII
1963 King, Martin L., Jr.
1964 Johnson, Lyndon B.
1965 Westmoreland, William
1966 Young People
1967 Johnson, Lyndon B.
1968 U.S. Astronauts
1969 The Middle Class
1970 Brandt, Willy
1971 Nixon, Richard M.
1972 Nixon/Kissinger, Henry
1973 Sirica, John
1974 King Faisal
1975 U.S. Women
1976 Carter, Jimmy
1977 Sadat, Anwar
1978 Teng Hsio Ping
1979 Ayatollah Khomeini
1980 Reagan, Ronald
1981 Walesa, Lech
1982 The Computer
1983 Reagan/Andropov, Yuri
1984 Ueberroth, Peter
1985 Deng Xiaoping
1986 Aquino, Corazon
1987 Gorbachev, Mikhail
1988 The Earth
1989 Gorbachev, Mikhail
1990 Bush, George
1991 Turner, Ted
1992 Clinton, Bill
1993 The Peacemakers
1994 Pope John-Paul II
1995 Gingrich, Newt
1996 Ho, David
1997 Grove, Andy
1998 Clinton/Starr, Ken
1999 Bezos, Jeff
2000 Bush, George W.
2001 Giuliani, Rudy
2002 Whistleblowers
2003 The American Soldier
Roster players are in boldface.

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Personal Cosmic Game: Time of the Year Awards
Published: December 22, 2003