Adolf Hitler was awarded the ‘Times Man (later, Person) of the Year’ award in 1938.
This award, given just one year before the outbreak of war – when it was already more than clear to most the way the penny was falling – shows an astounding lack of awareness that really beggars belief.
Hitler would later be joined by the esteemed company of fellow happy-go-lucky dictator Joseph Stalin (1942), hands still dripping red with Polish blood after the purges of the ’30s, and American funny man George Bush (2000 & 2004).
As far as the award goes as a measure of integrity, I’d say it is better not to have won it. But then I would say that, I have not won it; for some reason the good people behind the damn thing are yet to look my way…