You know the drill. Every year it starts a little bit early: the press releases, the articles, the low level buzz—mostly amid the publicists who write the press releases and the reporters who dutifully recap them. Yes, it’s Time‘s ‘Person of Year’ time again, and if the consensus mongers are to be believed, this year’s ‘winner’ might be that bitch who’s been ruining our lives since the new year.
No, not Paris Hilton: ‘Mother Nature.’
But do we really want Mother Nature to win? So many past ‘Person of the Year’ recipients take an immediate turn south as soon as they win: What if the same fate befalls Mother Nature?
We’ll selectively recap the last 78 years, accentuating the negative and eliminating the positive and you can decide for yourself:
· 1963: Martin Luther King, Jr. (Assassinated.)
· 1961: John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Assassinated.)
· 1938: Adolf Hitler (Suicide.)
· 1935: Haile Selassie (Deceased. Curiously beloved by fraternity members.)