Andy Secombe b. 1953
Many happy returns of the day to Mr. Secombe, best known to genre fans as the voice of Watto in the Star Wars films.
In the Year 2000!
Prediction: People will be able to watch entertainers in the privacy of their own homes, seeing their image projected on a wall and listening to the audio over the telephone.
Predictor: Postcards produced by Hildebrands German Chocolate Company in 1900.
Reality: While this is the first time I've presented a prediction of this kind on the blog, it is not the first time this was predicted. We will see this idea recur several times as we get more of the Victorian futurists checking in. I haven't presented any of the work of Edward Bellamy yet - just waiting for exact dates he predicted to roll around - but he has a very similar prediction in his book Looking Backward:2000-1887. The only addition is the projection of the image.
It should be noted that radio did exist in 1900, several people having patents for working wireless transmission, the best known names among many today being Marconi and Tesla. On the other hand, the telephone was then being used by the public, while radio broadcasts were still a few years off.
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
A very different look at the Year 2000, this time in a prediction from the 1970s. Are you on Team Frankenstein or Team Machine Gun Joe?
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!