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Tuesday
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).

Previously on Paleo-Future:

Wednesday
Jan022008

Little Robots (1933)


This rendition of a robot from the comic Tillie the Toiler ran in the October 16, 1933 Wisconsin State Journal (Madison, WI).

See also:
Mammy vs Robot (Charleston Gazette, 1937)
Donald Duck's "Modern Inventions" (1937)