Time Magazine’s People Who Mattered for Year 2009
After naming Ben Bernanke as Person of the Year for 2009, the magazine released the runners-up and its annual lists of People Who Mattered and Fond Farewells for the same year.
The runners-up for the Person of the Year title are: One, Commander of the Afghanistan Forces General Stanley McChrystal; Two, the Chinese Workers for achieving the long-shot dream of 8% annual economic growth that made China the fastest growing major economy; Three, US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for handling three major issues in a divided house that includes climate change, economic stimulus package and health care reform; and Four, the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt.
For the People Who Mattered, the list varied from politics, to entertainment to sports, even technology. Outspoken Adam Lambert, awards-on-the-roll Taylor Swift, now divorced couple Jon and Kate Gosselin, box-office breakers Robert Pattinson and Kirsten Stewart, late night stars Jay Leno and David Letterman, seven division title holder Manny Pacquiao, mistress beaten Tiger Woods, Yankee Alex Rodriguez, latino Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor, embattled world leaders Hamid Karzai, Manuel Zelaya and Roberto Micheletti, US President Barack Obama, potential US Leader Sarah Palin and the guys behind Twitter, considered social norm trend setters.
The magazine then listed the people whose deaths created a global impact, ensuring that they would be remembered fondly. Among them, King of Pop Michael Jackson, Charlie Angel Farrah Fawcett, actor Patrick Swayze, theater disciple Natasha Richardson, legendary broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite, long-term serving US Senator Ted Kennedy and former Philippine President and world democracy icon Corazon Aquino, who incidentally is Time Magazine’s 1986 Person of the Year (at that time, the title was Woman of the Year).