And the Winner of 'Person of the Year' Is...
MELISSA BLOCK, host:
Time magazine just named its Person of the Year, a tradition dating back to 1927. That's the year Charles Lindberg was Time's very first pick. He just completed his solo New York to Paris flight.
Mr. CHARLES LINDBERG: I landed with the expectancy and the hope of being able to see Europe. It was the first time I'd ever been abroad, and I was not in any hurry to get back.
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BLOCK: There have been humanitarian picks. In 1930, for example, Gandhi was the top choice. Totalitarian dictators have been a Person of the Year - Adolf Hitler in 1938. Joseph Stalin made it twice in 1939 and 1942.
MICHELE NORRIS, host:
Groups have been named as well. In 1966, it was all young people. In 1975, U.S. women. And one bit of linguistic trivia, here. It was 1999 that Time's Man of the Year became Person of the Year.
Commentator Bill Langworthy is this year's choice, along with a few other people.
BILL LANGWORTHY: I was shocked when I saw Time's Person of the Year cover. I was expecting a humanitarian or world leader, but instead saw a computer and the word you. Yes, you, it reassured. You control the information age. There were so many deserving people this year, so I was surprised, as well as humbled, to learn that the Person of the Year was, in fact, me.
Fortunately, I had prepared a brief acceptance speech, because you just never know.
Wow, I can honestly say I didn't expect this - JFK, MLK, now me. And to think a year ago, I was running Windows 98 with an infected hard drive, and had three friends on MySpace, including Tom.
I could never have been P of the Y without a lot of help. I like to thank the Numa Numa guy, okaygo, Chad Vader and lonelygirl15. I also would like thank everyone who downloaded my mash up of Panic at the Disco versus Lauden Wainwright III.
I'd be remiss if I didn't say a word about the other nominees - Al Gore, loved your movie. I watched it on a file-sharing site, then burned DVDs for all my friends. Kim Jong-Il, I really thought you had me when you detonated that nuclear device. There's always next year.
As you've read on my blog, my road to Person of the Year was not without a few bumps. I dropped almost 300 bucks on a Zune that was supposed to connect me to new music and friends. It might have if anyone else had actually bought one.
I also lost my job when I spent three days camped out at a Best Buy chasing a PS3. But as my fellow POTY Winston Churchill once said, victory at all costs.
Now, as I joined the company of popes and presidents within the immortal pages of Wikipedia, I'm reminded that my work is far from done. There will always be witty IMs to compose, and A-Team parody Webisodes to produce. There will always be camera phone pictures to Photoshop, and more guitar hero songs to unlock.
In conclusion, I want to thank you for making me your Person of the Year, not only because it is a great honor, but chiefly because it will look really cool on my facebook.com profile.
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BLOCK: Writer Bill Langworthy lives in Los Angeles.
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