Steve Jobs has a way of being in the company of the chosen. Even after his death last month, this man did it again. TIME has nominated Steve Jobs for its coveted ‘Person of the Year’ award. If he ends up winning then in the history of last 84 years Steve jobs will be the first man to win it posthumously. He was nominated by Brian Williams, the famous anchor of the NBC Nightly News.
According to Williams, Jobs almost changed the way we look into things, he gave us the spirit that you could look at a plastic or a piece of wood and move your finger, that something new was possible. Steve jobs, according to Williams represented the spirit of change, which is why he remains his nominee.
In the year 1927, the main idea behind these awards, was to cover up the embarrassment of not having Charles Lindbergh on its cover after his historic Trans-Atlantic flight. It was decided that there would be a cover story on Charles Lindbergh as well.
Over the years, it has been awarded as an honor and pride to people who made their presence felt in different fields. And the title was changed from Man of the Year to Person of the Year. However, it may raise a few eyebrows when we say that in 1938, Adolf Hitler was awarded with this award. When it was awarded to Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, there was a huge public outcry. Since then TIME magazine have kept away from awarding disputed figures.
In 1999, TIME magazine named Albert Einstein as the Person of the Century. Mahatma Gandhi and Franklin D Roosevelt were declared runners up.
The year 2010 belonged to Mark Zuckerberg when he was awarded with the title. This year as his friend Steve Jobs is nominated, it’s yet to be seen if he wins it finally or not. But we all know, Jobs would be one happy man up there in the heavenly abode watching his name being announced as the winner.
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