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Letters by 4th Graders to the Year 2000 (1976)

The July 4, 1976 Grand Prairie Daily News (Grand Prairie, TX) published letters written by 4th graders, addressed to people of the year 2000. Just as the newspaper did, I've left the spelling and grammatical errors. Because if we've learned anything at the Paleo-Future blog, it's that kids are stupid.

We'll begin by looking at letters by young Laurie Smith, Yolanda Tejeda, and R.C. Brown. These kids really hit all the major futurism topics of the 20th century: robot maids, moving sidewalks, flying cars, meal pills, push button everything, education through television, socialism, and candy. Lots of candy.


Dear Janice,

In the year 2000 I think that cars can fly in the air as fast as they want to without using gas. You can get whatever you want, including candy. Houses will be way up in the sky. You can have robots to do the housework for the mothers. Instead of walking, the the sidewalks will move for you.

Your friend,

Laurie Smith


Dear John,

In the year 2000 I think thay kids will be taught at home on their T.V. The army will be using lazor guns. Cars will be like spaceships and the strreetlights will be on long tall poles. Another means of transportation will be push buttons. Select where you want to go, push a button, step through a door, and you'll be where you wanted to be.

Food will be in tablet form, put on water on the tablet and your food will be on your plate.

Sincerely yours,

R.C. Brown


Dear Laurie,

I think in the year 2000 the earth will be much more polluted than it is.

I also think that we will have no more school, and cars can go as fast as they want without getting a ticket.

The government will pay every person as much as they want without them having to work. I also think we will be out of energy for stores or anything that uses fuel in the year 2000.


Yolanda Tejeda


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Yolanda Tejeda's letter is proof of another Paleo-Futuristic lesson: people in the '70s thought the world was doomed.

July 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob

In the year 2000, microcomputers will be really popular but they won't be called microcomputers anymore. Also, they'll be really, really small... As small as a paperback book or even smaller.

Something called an "Enternet" will make computers extremely popular with a lot of common folk. The "Enternet" will allow people to talk to other people & exchange pictures, music & computer games, all in real-time.

Cars will get incrementally better but there will still be no flying cars. People will still hate each other so there will still be wars. People will still have egos so there will still be wars.

Oh, and we get lots of candy.

July 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

"The government will pay every person as much as they want without them having to work."

That's what you think socialism is?


July 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Is that not a child's idea of socialism? I don't think most children could quote Marx.

July 5, 2009 | Registered CommenterMatt Novak

"streetlights will be on long tall poles" - whoa, Nostradamus, take it easy. Spaceships and lazors I can believe, but streetlights on poles? That's just too radical to accept.

July 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterazinyk

why would anyone want to be put streetlights on poles? we bury them in the ground

July 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbob

Where on earth did you find these? They're fantastic.

August 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremma

Of course cars can go as fast as they want without getting a ticket. If there are no fuel reserves, they couldn't possibly go fast enough to break the speed limit.

August 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterder daus

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