"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)

"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
"John Scully's" comic strip that has a farewell every day (drawn and written by Ruben Bolling)
September 19 is the last post for this blog. Thanks to all my readers!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

29 January 2013


Prediction

1955 San Francisco replaces the cable cars with moving stairways.

from The Roads Must Roll by Robert A. Heinlein, published 1940

Reality: Sci fi writers love the moving sidewalk and moving road, but "moving stairway" is just another way of saying escalator.

Cable cars are cool. Escalators are dull. They would have to take up sidewalk space instead of road space. You think tourists are going to wait in line to ride escalators from Market Street to Fisherman's Wharf?

Ahh, hellz no, as we say in Oakland.

There is no way San Francisco would ever give up part of its unique flavor for such a boring idea.

Looking one day... INTO THE FUTURE!  

John Elfreth Watkins envisions a high speed railway system linking East Coast to West, making a trip from New York to San Francisco in less than 24 hours ... in the year 2000!

Join me then... IN THE FUTURE!

4 comments:

  1. John Prine sang it best-
    "We are living in the future
    I'll tell you how I know
    I read it in the paper
    Fifteen years ago
    We're all driving rocket ships
    And talking with our minds
    And wearing turquoise jewelry
    And standing in soup lines"
    We are standing in soup lines

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  2. Excellent quote. Thanks for stopping by and I hope to hear from you again... IN THE FUTURE!

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  3. I think I am in the past. At least it seems like I've lived this day before.

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  4. Zombie Rotten, no! Do not despair. This is the first day k55f5r commented on this blog, so this day is subtly different from whatever day it reminds you of in the past.

    Crisis averted!

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