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Apr072009

Stupid Kids Imagine the Year 2075 (1975)

You know what's almost as fun as looking at past predictions of the future? Looking at what stupid kids thought the future would be like. Now, you may take issue with me calling these kids stupid, but this article is from 1975 and all these kids are in their mid-40s now. So take that kid-40-year-olds! Seriously though, the writer openly mocks these kids for their predictions. Stupid kids and their stupid visions of the future.

(Remember that the harsh commentary in parentheses is the author's, and not mine. Stupid kids.)

Kids' Letters Picture Life in Year 2075

By Patricia McCromack (UPI Education Editor)

The fifth grader pursed his lips and read once more a letter he'd just written to his great-great-grandchildren - whom he'll have little chance of seeing unless he lives to be 110.

The 10-year-old, writing to his descendants who will be going to school in 2075, reached in his pocket and pulled out a picture. He pasted it on the letter, picked up his pen and added:

"I know this is funny, but here is a picture of your great-great-grand dog. His name is Casey."

The letter-writing assignment at St. Vito's School, Mamaroneck, N.Y., was a creative writing project. Fourth and fifth graders, ages 9 to 11, participated.

An analysis of the letters shows what's on the pint-sized set's mind these days:

  • "I think in 100 years the world will be beautiful. The prices will be lower." (This child's got inflation on the mind and he's an optimist).
  • "You probably have a train that goes 2,000 miles an hour and gets from Mrs (sic) to Jupiter in hours. Boy, do I wish I was there." (This student better study his stars again. Or - maybe he knows something we don't know).
  • "You probably have automatic sidewalks everywhere. All you do is stand and the sidewalk moves. We have to walk back here in 1975 and boy is it boring." (This ungrateful child forgot to mention times mother drives her).
  • "You know, you are pretty lucky. You may have automatic tennis rackets that never miss the ball. We have to aim at the ball and then swing the racket. It's a pain when you miss the ball." (Penned, undoubtedly, by a student who just had a bad tennis lesson).

Many letters expressed concern for the happiness and well-being of those to follow. Consider these greetings:

  • "Have a good life. Take care of your mother and father and your sisters and brothers and grandmother."
  • "I am nine years old and I love you. And when I am dead, I want you to be good and love your mother."

These letters, written on cotton fiber paper so they'll last 100 years, aren't being put in a time capsule to be opened with great ceremony in the community in the year 2075.

They have been placed in the custody of the parents - for safekeeping and passing along.

They'll probably make it to their destination. You know how mothers hate to discard anything this precious.

From the August 2, 1975 Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI).

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Is there any obvious reason in the article for the writer's malicious-sounding commentary? Language like that sounds more appropriate for an editorial piece.

April 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLurker

Hey, I was a kid in the 1970s who's in his 40s now!

Wait a minute....

I remember doing the math during the US Bicentennial (see, I wasn't THAT stupid) and figuring out I would be 113 years old in 2076 (and 37 in the distant future year of 2000 AD).

Maybe I will live to see the Tricentennial. Or maybe I am still just stupid.

I predict by 2076 that people will still be voting for unqualified leaders based on their soundbites and appearance. Sadly I know this prediction is right.

April 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge Jetson

Hey, I was 20 for the Bicentennial and I set a goal back then of being around for the Tricentennial. Surely a lifespan of 120 in the year 2076 is not an impossible dream.

April 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Rebain

mean-spirited bitch

April 10, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteryadda

there won't be voting in 2076

April 17, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbob

The teacher's a bitch with no appreciation for anime. Galaxy Express 999 came out a couple of years after this was written. She obviously has little imagination.

I'm glad I did not have her for a teacher. I probably would have predicted all the George Jetson stuff. I wouldn't need to hear her tear it to shreds. Fuck her.

April 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterUltrawoman

Ms. McCromack, undoubtedly, wrote this after an unsatisfying evening with Mr. McCromack.

April 26, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwr3n

there will be more cowbells in the future!!

February 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGene

"You may have automatic tennis rackets that never miss the ball."

It's called Wii

February 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNora Charles

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