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    So this happens to be my 2,000th "official" post (even though it would have been a few more, once upon a time) - hallelujah!

    As I have now clocked up 2,000 posts on the DYR meter with this very post, I thought that I would start a new thread about, appropriately enough, the year 2000 when it always seemed to be in the future when we were growing up.

    The tabloid newspapers still had this "Tomorrow's World" feel towards the year 2000 as late as 1995, saying that a lot of technology would be in existence and a lot of things predicted during the latter half of the 20th century. Even as a 1980s child, the year 2000 was still a long way off - well, 1978 was a long time up to the mid 1980s for obvious reasons.

    That year was seen as a yardstick or even a deadline as to achieving something - when Hollywood actor George Burns appeared on Des O'Connor Tonight in 1992 at the age of 96, my late father said that he will live to be 100, while my late mother said that he will live to see the year 2000 - my father was correct as he died a few weeks after his 100th birthday in 1996. The Queen Mother's life was also used as a yardstick to measure time as we knew that she was 86 in 1986 for example.

    But what about 2000 from, let's say, a 1984 perspective? Did the thought of approaching the year 2000 seem scary to yourself, and that anything after 2000 seem "out of bounds" and into another dimension? Then we had those space series and parodies that by 2000 we would be in the space age, but it wasn't quite like that when we eventually got there. Space 1999, anyone? 2001 - A Space Odyssey? Perhaps George Orwell had missed a trick by choosing an earlier year such as 1984.

    What about those who lived in the 1950s and 1960s and viewed 2000 from back then? I know that in the final three decades in which is the scope of this forum, they were decades which got us prepared for the year 2000. After six decades of imperialism in the 20th century, along come the 1960s where one starts to break away from the conservative ways of life inherited from the start of that century. And then we had colour television, decimalisation, and all that - life started to be familiar to us. Just like the Millennium Bug, I thought that the dates stopped at 99 and couldn't go any further - what was to happen after that? Since 2000 I have always written dates with the year in four digits rather than just the final two which I actually did up until 1999.

    At school in the 1980s, it felt that the 1990s was in the future but in a more reachable fashion. When we had a go at writing our own horoscopes in class I wrote that "I will have lots of luck in the 1990s". The teacher actually commented that I would probably have a long time to wait, even though it was written in 1989!

    So what did you think about the year 2000 being in the future when you were around growing up back in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s - did you have any goals to achieve by then such as be a millionaire or something?
    I am now in my 40s (just in case anyone asks).

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    Well one thing is my target was to move out get my own place by year 2000 which i did do


    growing up in the 70's 80's the year 200 was such a long way away to me im a mid seventies baby

    growing up here in n.i. Through the yrs i wanted to see peace here from the ira by the year 2000 which i think was achieved well it was not as bad as it had been thru 7o's and 80's thankfully.

    JUST TRYING TO SURVIVE TO THE YEAR 2000 WITH BOMBS GOING OFF REGULAR IN MY CHILDHOOD NOT JUST FROM THE IRA BUT OTHER PARAMILITARY GRPS WAS SOMETHIN
    G I GLAD I DID.
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    For a long time before the millennium a lot of things had 2000 as part of the name to make them sound futuristic, some of which were dated by the time the 21st century started.
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    I remember sitting in junior school in the 70s and thinking how far away the year 2000 would be, that i'd be "well old" (30), and probably married with a kid and we'd living on the moon.......

    Back to the Future had a very different view of 2015 than the actuality, same with the original Blade Runner with 2019, although we've still got 6 months to go so who knows!

    I remember a local club changed its name to TOTS2000 to seem futuristic, that got changed later because it didn't age well as a concept.

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    On the extras of the Back To The Future DVD box set the makers admit they were never going to get 2015 correct so deliberately played up the wow factor.

    The 1980s Cafe scenes get funnier every time at watch it, as they managed to pick on so many of the right things that are remembered about the decade even before it ended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
    So this happens to be my 2,000th "official" post (even though it would have been a few more, once upon a time) - hallelujah!

    As I have now clocked up 2,000 posts on the DYR meter with this very post, I thought that I would start a new thread about, appropriately enough, the year 2000 when it always seemed to be in the future when we were growing up.

    The tabloid newspapers still had this "Tomorrow's World" feel towards the year 2000 as late as 1995, saying that a lot of technology would be in existence and a lot of things predicted during the latter half of the 20th century. Even as a 1980s child, the year 2000 was still a long way off - well, 1978 was a long time up to the mid 1980s for obvious reasons.

    That year was seen as a yardstick or even a deadline as to achieving something - when Hollywood actor George Burns appeared on Des O'Connor Tonight in 1992 at the age of 96, my late father said that he will live to be 100, while my late mother said that he will live to see the year 2000 - my father was correct as he died a few weeks after his 100th birthday in 1996. The Queen Mother's life was also used as a yardstick to measure time as we knew that she was 86 in 1986 for example.

    But what about 2000 from, let's say, a 1984 perspective? Did the thought of approaching the year 2000 seem scary to yourself, and that anything after 2000 seem "out of bounds" and into another dimension? Then we had those space series and parodies that by 2000 we would be in the space age, but it wasn't quite like that when we eventually got there. Space 1999, anyone? 2001 - A Space Odyssey? Perhaps George Orwell had missed a trick by choosing an earlier year such as 1984.

    What about those who lived in the 1950s and 1960s and viewed 2000 from back then? I know that in the final three decades in which is the scope of this forum, they were decades which got us prepared for the year 2000. After six decades of imperialism in the 20th century, along come the 1960s where one starts to break away from the conservative ways of life inherited from the start of that century. And then we had colour television, decimalisation, and all that - life started to be familiar to us. Just like the Millennium Bug, I thought that the dates stopped at 99 and couldn't go any further - what was to happen after that? Since 2000 I have always written dates with the year in four digits rather than just the final two which I actually did up until 1999.

    At school in the 1980s, it felt that the 1990s was in the future but in a more reachable fashion. When we had a go at writing our own horoscopes in class I wrote that "I will have lots of luck in the 1990s". The teacher actually commented that I would probably have a long time to wait, even though it was written in 1989!

    So what did you think about the year 2000 being in the future when you were around growing up back in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s - did you have any goals to achieve by then such as be a millionaire or something?
    Great thread here George mate and a very interesting topic! I can recall 2000 and the last few 90s years like yesterday to be honest

    2000 was very hyped I felt and people saying computers would crash and never recover on1/1/00 due to the date system, but of course it was a myth and quitemade up and over-hyped I think

    My 2 main memories of 2000 are Mel and Ian's Wedding on eastEnders on Millenium Eve and Bradford defying every concievable odd to stay in the Premier by beating Liverpool and relegating the masters of escapeology (Wimbledon) from the Premier who everybody thought had no right to be there at all

    I recall Wimbledon "sinking like a ship" falling in those last few weeks of 1999/00 until they just got stuck in the quicksand as if it was yesterday and I recall exactly where I was upon reading that Egil Olsen had left after taking over from Joe Kinnear and thinking "is this real, for Wimbledon - the masters of such fete" and the same for Bradford staying up I recall that day (or afternoon) exactly too

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    I faintly recall a programme which must have been from 1970, where the presenter referred to how things would be "in 30 years' time", i.e. 2000. That is the extent of that memory!

    Of course, the upcoming year 2000 took on extra significance closer to the time with regard to Y2K...
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    I remember seeing clips of a news of a future show made in the 1970s, which featured Richard Baker, who was also interviewed about it.
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