It seems as if it were only yesterday, and yet it was now eight years ago.
It thrived in the news and scared some of us to you-know-what in a time before the Supreme Court decided a presidential election, and folks were taking airplanes and purposely flying them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Paul Pressler's plans for the fourth restroom in Tomorrowland?
A valid guess certainly, but no.
Y2K died eight years ago today. Actually, at midnight New Year's morning in each time zone.
For years before that, dire warnings filled the airwaves that when the clock struck midnight 2000, we'd all be returned to raggedy wretches with a carriage of mice and pumpkins a la Cinderella.
It had to do, in simple terms, with the computer chips controlling every aspect of life reading '00' as 1900 instead of 2000. Somehow or other, everything with a computer chip in it or a part of its delivery (meaning most everything made) would simply stop working. Evening that battery bunny was sweating it.
And I remember the millenium shows tracking new year's across the world, and we all crossed fingers to make sure all the lights were working.
So after all these years I still wonder, and maybe yiu too. Did the lights stay on because of a lot of money and research spent to fix the problem, or was it all just an elaborate hoax of some kind?
Or do you even remember, Y2K, which died essentially eight years ago, today.