Monday, January 6, 2014
6 January 2014
Rinko Kikuchi b. 1981 (47 Ronin, Pacific Rim)
Johnny Yong Bosch b. 1976 (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
Aron Eisenberg b. 1969 (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager)
Andrea Thompson b. 1960 (Babylon 5, Quantum Leap, Heroes: Destiny)
Mark Forest b. 1933 (Goliath and the Dragon, Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules, Hercules Against the Sons of the Sun, Colossus of the Arena)
Professor Toru Tanaka b. 1930 died 22 August 2000 (Last Action Hero, Alligator II: The Mutation, Darkman, The Running Man)
Not a long birthday list today, but it certainly has range. A Jaeger pilot, a Power Ranger, a Ferengi, a telepath, Hercules and a professional wrestler. Guess how many times I've typed that sentence in my life.
Many happy returns to all the living on the list and to Professor Toru Tanaka, BOOOOOOOO! (He was a bad guy wrestler, known in the business as "a heel". I'm sure he's used to it.)
In the year 2000!
Predictor: OMNI Future Almanac, published 1982
Prediction (actual Fortune 500 position in 2000 in parentheses): The top ten companies in the United States in the year 2000.
1] Warner-Amex Compunications Services (merged with Time #45, American Express separate at #71)
2] CitiCorp (#7)
3] AT&T (#8)
4] Exxon (merged with Mobil #3)
5] IBM (#6)
6] Mobil (Merged with Exxon #3)
7] General Motors (#1)
8] Cetus and Genentech (neither are Fortune 500 in 2000)
9] Time Inc.(merged with Warner #45)
10] Johnson & Johnson (#43)
Even more reality: Compunications?? Not a typo. “Compunications is a coined word to describe the fusion of computations with communications.”
They way overstated how much money was in biotech, but other than that, the list isn't awful. The top ten in 1982 was dominated by oil companies, seven out of ten. There was only one oil company in the top ten in 2000, there are four in 2013.
Here's who they missed in 2000.
2] Wal-Mart. This would have been a crazy guess to make in 1982. Wal-Mart was still just regional back then, not even on the Fortune 500. All the rest were top 100 companies back in 1982.
5] General Electric
Looking one day ahead... INTO THE FUTURE!
We get one last prediction from our Tuesday regular H.G. Wells, and you can be sure it will be pessimistic.
Join us then... IN THE FUTURE!