Let's Talk 2000
"The heartbeat of 2000 A.D. from cyberspace"
August 1, 1998, Volume
4, Issue 8, a monthly bulletin
Topics covered in this issue:
The Millennium Doctor Speaks
News from the Field:
Talk from the Forum:
New Millennial Sites:
The Millennium Doctor Speaks:
the pulse of 2000 A.D."
Day 500 until the arrival of the Year 2000 is upon us in less than three
weeks. Much of our news this month focuses on this milestone. The "Tree
Island Millennium Gathering," sponsored by three groups, is celebrating
this milestone with many peace activists in Klamath Falls, Oregon--see our
Then the Billennium(r) organizing committee, led by Mark Mitten is launching
two new web sites come August 19th. We have a report on one reproduced below,
which reveals consumer attitudes to the Millennium's turn. Y2K continues
to dominate news coverage of 2000, and could do well do so for the next
quarter, given the nature of the problem. But most people still have great
expectations for 2000 and want to make the millennium meaningful in their
Our web section reports on one religious groups which is non-apocalyptic
about the millennial transition---a rare breed given the "Armaggedon"
sensationalism raging in this century-end climate.
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News from the Field:
"Here is the
latest news on year 2000 efforts."
CONSUMERS POSITIVE ON THE MILLENNIUM
Chicago, July 21, 1998: The millennium is looming increasingly large in
the public consciousness according to the newly released "The Official
Millennium Survey." Commissioned by the Billennium Organizing
Committee, the study shows that more than three quarters of the people surveyed
(78%) have a very positive outlook on the millennium with 28% already viewing
it as a meaningful historical event.
Most people's plans for celebrating the millennium are not yet defined,
with only about 1/3 of adults and older teens reporting they are already
thinking that far ahead. The Official Millennium Survey surveyed participants
on the appeal of a broad range of celebration ideas ranging from The Best
of the Twentieth Century to Times Square 2000 to Disney's EPCOT Millennium
to ABC-TV's The Century to historical retrospectives to religious retreats
and global concerts. The results were striking and surprising. "There's
tremendous speculation over how everyone wants to celebrate something that
hasn't happened before," says Mark Mitten, President of the Billennium
Organizing Committee. "Now we know exactly how people want to do to
celebrate the Year 2000; and it's not what you might naturally assume,"
Mitten goes on to say, "People feel privileged to witness the millennium.
They want to be able to tell their grandchildren about what happened and
what they did." More than a quarter of the people polled (26%) are
already planning to do something special to celebrate the millennium. "There
is a growing sense the millennium will be a profound milestone in people's
lives, an opportunity to stop and start anew," says Mitten.
To make sense of what the millennium means to the average American and how
they want to celebrate, the organizers of The Billennium(r), The Official
Celebration of the Year 2000, recently commissioned The Official Millennium
Survey to answer millennium-related questions. The sweeping study
was conducted among 1,000 American households by National Family Opinion
Research, the nation's leading provider of insight into the needs, behaviors
with the largest panel of households and consumers in the world.
"Millennium fever is about to burst forth with a force that is likely
to shake even the most seasoned observers of the human behavior," says
Mark Mitten, president of The Billennium(r) The Official Celebration of
the Year 2000. "Few people will escape the impact, and with public
interest growing, corporate America is already looking for ways to capitalize
on celebrating the Year 2000," adds Mitten.
The study has identified seven segments of consumer behavior, each with
a distinctive perspective on what the millennium means to them and how to
celebrate it. These segments include Self Improvers, Global Intenders, Worry
Warts and Hype Haters among others. "It (the millennium) is extremely
complicated. By looking at people's attitudes, we get deeper insight as
to what their real interest in the millennium is," says Mitten.
Established in 1991 the Billennium Organizing Committee, The Billennium(r)
The Official Celebration of the Year 2000(tm) is the only global brand for
celebrating the millennium. Further information is available at http://www.billennium.com
For those who would like to take part in The Official Millennium Survey,
make sure to visit the official Web site, www.2000survey.com, with a projected
mid- August launch date. Source: firstname.lastname@example.org
MEALENNIUM IN WORKS FOR SEATTLE'S POOR
Syndy Ng, an international business major, has issued a call to local charities
and businesses in Seattle to help her and fellow students at the University
of Washington create a Mealennium Miracle for the city's poor on January
"If doesn't matter if you have formal clothes or not, you are welcome
to come to this meal if you are in need," says Ng. From April to May
'98, the Mealennium(tm) project team contacted potential sponsors all across
the Seattle area. Based on their research they came to the conclusion to
host their Millennium's Day dinners in local high school gyms. Ng claims,
"We will have white tablecloths, formal dining wear and waiters and
waitresses with the kindest, friendliest smiles."
Ng, who speaks both Cantonese and Mandarin, has already created a Mealennium(tm)
flag to symbolize the event. "I wanted this very meaningful event to
project an everlasting image in everyone's mind. This event is for people
of all races, no discrimination whatsoever." Ng's colorful flag depicts
people holding hands, around a food horn of plenty.
"Let history be made that in this world, there was for at least one
day, when everydoby had a heart, everybody worked together, and everybody
cared." The Seattle team is looking for volunteers from around the
world to create a Mealennium(tm) Miracle in their own city. Volunteers can
email Syndi email@example.com
or call 206-649-8771. After 2000, Ng plans to work
in marketing for a corporation in the Pacific Rim. Source: Let's Talk 2000,
TREE ISLAND TO BUILD MILLENNIAL MOMENTUM
The promise of a "New Century, New World" will be celebrated this
month at the Tree Island Millennium Gathering in Klamath Falls, near the
Oregon-California border. Organizers expect more than 100 peace and transformational
activists to "connect, celebrate and collaborate" in view of bringing
a deeper sense of community to the world's approaching millennium celebrations.
During the August 18 - 20th conference, artist Fred Stern will work with
the local Fire Department and large scale pumps to generate a natural rainbow
in the sky as large as 2,000 feet across, to dramatize the promise of peace
and global unity. The rainbow will be visible from the nearby Oregon Institute
"It is so exciting I can barely stand it!" claims Jeanie Curtis,
a volunteer preparing for the Tree Island event. "Its like a E ticket
at Disneyland." Planning for this spiritual "family reunion"
began last March, when Linda Grover, New York Times bestselling author,
completed a new novel about a mythical island in the heart of Kamath Lake.
For organizers, "Tree Island" is a symbol for the promise of "a
sustainable future through connection with a deep past and a heedful present."
In addition to the local "22nd Century Group" organizers, the
gathering will also be sponsored by the One Day Foundation of Santa Barbara,
CA and the Millennium Institute of Arlington, VA.
Dr. Hillel Schwartz firstname.lastname@example.org,
"dean" of year 2000 authors and senior fellow at the Millennium
Institute claims, "This grassroots conference is not about a single
idea, it is precisely about follow-through, namely, in what creative ways,
and through which avenues can the groups planning millennium events/programs
collaborate in next 18 months?"
As program chairperson for the gathering, Schwartz has planned a schedule
for the Tree Island Gathering to model that collaboration for the new century,
from sharing plans for the year 2000, creating a cumulative calendar of
events and projects, to celebrating Day500 before 2000 in the Klamath Falls
community through hands-on work parties to help children.
Next to First Night International, very few projects have tapped into the
power of people finding meaning during the millennial year of 2000 by hosting
working parties in their local community. Organizers hope this pattern of
work and play might shape the way people apply their millennial enthusiasm
in the months following New Years 2000. Information on the Tree Island Gathering
can be found at: http://www.treeisland.com
GLOW YEAR GLASSES EYE 2000
His friends know him as a character, always carrying something in his pocket
to thrill them. These days Marc Polish gets his big kicks by walking into
a dimly lit room with the numbers 2000 glowing from his glasses. "These
Glow Year Glasses have put a smile on everybodies face that have seen them,"
claims Polish email@example.com who
is a primary distributor of the molded plastic eye-wear.
Besides attention-starved folks, who would buy Glow Year Glasses for 2000?
"Millions of people," states Polish. "There are three markets,
first the diploma market--or anyone graduating in 2000 from middle, high
school, or college. Then there is the promotional market, whether of radio
stations, or an eyeglass chain with 2000 in their product name. Finally
there is the millennium market, anyone who wants a souvenir for New Year's
2000. This is the party favor for the biggest celebration in history!"
Individually packaged in a plastic bag with a header card and peg or J-hook
ready, the Glow Year Glasses are retail ready and can be ordered at a distributor
price of $2.00 in quantities of 48, dropping to $1.25 for quantities of
2,400. Companies can also have their name, logo or new millennium greeting
imprinted on the front of the glasses for a small charge. If you are interested
in Glow Year Glasses as a fundraiser for your year 2000 cause, view a picture
of them at http://www.pl8s4u.com/2000.htm
Source: Let's Talk 2000, firstname.lastname@example.org
THE MILLENNIUM IN THE MEDIA
Trademarking the millennium. (Year 2000 merchandising)(Brief Article) Tim
Carvell. Fortune, August 3, 1998 v138 n3 p44(1).
Whose problem is 2000? (analysis of federal laws and the year 2000 computer
date change problem) John Roberts II. The American Spectator, August 1998
v31 n8 p28(8).
Counting Down To The Year 2000. Michael Barrier. Nation's Business, August
1998 v86 n8 p29(1). Elec. Coll.: A20934433.
Hype-y new year: Ken Walker hopes to get rich off the year 2000 problem
- but not by fixing computers. (designer hopes to use the numbers 01-01-00
on various products )(Brief Article) Ben Pappas. Forbes, July 27, 1998 v162
Fixing millennial 'gaping holes.' (Year 2000 computer bug) (Brief Article)
Douglas Stanglin. U.S. News and World Report July 27, 1998 v125 n4 p32(1).
Y2K is months away, but sharks are circling. (computer industry dreads year
2000 computer bug lawsuits)(Brief Article) Declan McCullagh. Time, July
27, 1998 v152 n4 p14(1).
Year 2000 budgets shouldn't end in 2000. (Industry Trend or Event) William
Ulrich. Computerworld, July 20, 1998 v32 n29 pNA(1).
Keeping tabs on year 2000 globally. (Joint Year 2000 Council clearinghouse)
(Industry Trend or Event) Matt Hamblen. Computerworld, July 20, 1998 v32
What to wear when the future comes. (logo designed for the new millennium
by Larry Smith and James Iacobucci) Lisa Napoli. The New York Times, June
29, 1998 v147 pC4(N) pD4(L) col 5 (4 col in).
The official millennium bird feeder? (symbol from Millennium 321) (Company
Business and Marketing) (Brief Article) Computerworld, July 20, 1998 v32
World Catholics to pressure World Bank, IMF. (for forgiveness of poorest
nations' external debt) (Brief Article) Arthur Jones. National Catholic
Reporter, May 1, 1998 v34 n26 p11(1). Mag. Coll.: 93J6158.
Talk from the Forum:
"Here is a recap
of recent conversations"
THE UNIVERSAL SPIRIT OF 2000
Don Toppin is the co-chairman of the Great Millennium Campaign, email@example.com>,
in Toronto, Canada. As an educator, futurist, song-writer and lecturer,
he has been heralding the arrival of a better millennium since 1980. Here
is an essay he recently wrote in a continuing series.
2000! Two years to go! Yes! In only two years, or less, the magical moment
will arrive at 12 oclock midnight in Toronto, and at other time zones, before
Two years from tonight, the cosmic odometer will roll over and all the Nines
(1999) will change to Zeros (2000) and that thousand-year-old One (1000)
will change to a brand new Two (2000). The Third Millennium will begin on
January 1, 2001. It sounds simple!
But, as Time Magazine noted in 1992, the Millennium has a gravitational
pull that draws in the larger meanings. The Third Millennium represents
nothing less than the virtual death and rebirth of history.
This experience may be very wonderful, or very weird, or both. It has the
potential of becoming very great because the larger millennial vision can
embrace the Spirit of 2000 through thousands of people, events and projects
which have already changed history.
The Spirit of 2000 is with us and has been for many, many years. (e.g. Mankind
2000, Vision 2000, etc.) The Spirit of 2000 has flourished in such mega-concepts
as Healthy Cities, East/West Relations, Destruction of Land Mines, etc.
It represents the power of anticipatory thinking and planning which is positive
We are surrounded by influences which are changing us. We in turn are influencing
the changes. In fact, that is why we should celebrate and give thanks. It
is a miracle that humankind has not been destroyed.
Although the magic of the Year 2000 has been recognized for some time, the
recognition of the collective psychology power of foresight, vision and
hope as cultural force on a global basis is only recent and still rare.
Even now the social costs of fear (the opposite of hope), are rarely understood,
although trillions of dollars are devoured by fear each year. An explosion
of understanding is needed. The Year 2000 will surely create and enhance
understanding at many levels.
Never before has the opportunity existed to link words, thoughts, and hopes
with the six billion inhabitants of the global village. Everyone should
have the opportunity to participate and share.
Since communication is global, the social atmosphere can rise quickly. Indeed
environment and health have become the two main issues according to public
opinion polls. Environment and health are also two issues on which people
can take action immediately.
Awareness, through such concepts as foresight and vision, magnifies the
metaphysics of hope. As hope increases, attitudes and behaviours become
more positive, more productive and less costly. As group consciousness increases
the social costs of fear decrease.
The process is already under way. The information-knowledge network is growing.
The interconnections are vast. Awareness is rapidly expanding. Scope and
excellence are becoming visible.
At this moment, we modestly envision earth-encircling Great Millennium Global
Singalongs on January 1, 2000 to celebrate peaceful progress. Then, one
year later, on January 1, 2001, we will welcome the Twenty First Century
and Third Millennium which already has the option of becoming truly great.
We are already an informal network of autonomous people and organizations
who are involved in what has been called The Most Far-Reaching Initiative
in Human History. Relevant discussions and conferences have been happening
for years. The parts are coming together.
All human beings on Earth, whether they know it or not, are already involved
in the shaping process for better or worse. Clearly worse could be fatal!
However, since this is the first Millennium for the electronic global which
transcends boundaries and barriers, a positive vision is justified. Before
the advent of 1000 AD some forecast the arrival of the Kingdom of Heaven
while others forecast the Apocalypse and the End of the World.
This time it is highly valid to forecast an end to a world of madness and
ignorance and the arrival of a Great Millennium of peace, well-being, understanding
and harmony. Seeds have already been planted which are beginning to sprout.
Although no one can do everything, everyone can do
something. Individually and collectively, we can make our own unique
gifts to posterity.
New Millennial Sites:
new sites in cyberspace"
AFTERLIFE:"The Ultimate Hereafter Game on CD-Rom"
From the makers of Star Wars comes this "SimCity" like world-building
strategy simulation, where players build the heaven and hell of an alien
world and assist wayward "souls" to their final resting places.
Pennies from Heaven pay for construction. As souls arrive, players must
zone and develop areas for the seven deadly sins and their respective virtues;
balance divine/demonic work forces and anticipate terrestial disasters.
Poor management releases a devasting visit from the The Four Surfers of
LIVING PRESENCE: "Fulfilled Prophecy and Eschatology in the
This Christian ministry interprets the "last days" as events in
the first century to demonstrate how the New Covenant which Christ brought
restored the Living Presence of God among humanity. This preterist web site
includes on-line articles as well as an overview of seminars, books, tapes
and journals which can be ordered on realized eschatology.
THAT WACKY MILLENNIUM! "Stuff That Happened from 1001 C.E. to
To wrap up the Second Millennium, creative thinker Roger M. Wilcox offers
his take via a chronology on the Days Gone By.
THE MILLENNIUM IS COMING! "Cosmic Disaster in 2000 or Failed
Head astronomer John Mosley, from the L.A. Griffith Observatory challenges
millennium predictions by astrologers, psychics, and doomsayers with astronomical
observations. Special attention given to the "Jupiter Effect,"
Nostradamus in 1999, and Richard Noone's 5/5/2000 catastrophe. This article
was reprinted in Skeptic magazine, originally published in Planetarian,
the Journal of the International Planetarium Society.
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