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Whatever of the Year

For this week's prompt, write a story or a scene that involves someone or a group of people—or even something, given that personal computers were once awarded the title—doing something so historically or culturally significant that they could be named Person of the Year. Your honoree(s) could be entirely fictional, or an actual figure or group who has been awarded the title in the past.

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Today (Dec. 26) in 1982—upon the release of its January 1983 issue—TIME magazine dubbed the personal computer the "Machine of the Year." TIME's Person of the Year tradition began in 1927 with Charles Lindbergh for completing the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic earlier that year. Until 1999, the Person of the Year was usually specifically called "Man of the Year" or "Woman of the Year," though 2017 isn't the first year in which a group of people was chosen, and in one other case it wasn't a person at all ("The Endangered Earth" as the 1988 Planet of the Year).

The Prompt: Write a story or a scene that involves someone or a group of people—or even something, given that personal computers were once awarded the title—doing something so historically or culturally significant that they could be named Person of the Year. Your honoree(s) could be entirely fictional, or an actual figure or group who has been awarded the title in the past. The full list of past winners can be found here.

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