In 1980, I was seven years old and a student at Mannheim Elementary School in Mannheim, Germany. My teacher assigned a creative writing project in which we would predict what life would be like in the year 2000.
That was twenty years into the future, which seemed like an eternity to me. I thought about it for a few minutes and then I began writing.
The first thing I said was that I would probably be dead of old age by then. I also wrote about people having personal robots to do all the housework and having their own spaceships to travel to other planets for vacation.
Well, I am glad to say that I did not die of old age by the year 2000. However, I would like to have a personal robot and a spaceship.
I was resting on the couch, thinking about random things, and I started wondering…
What if someone sold all they had in 1999, so they could use that money to buy a fortified underground bunker, stocked with everything they would need for the next 20 years?
What if that person locked themselves in the bunker, during the last week of 1999?
What if that person was unable to get TV or radio signals, due to the extra layers of protection designed to shield them from the effects of nuclear war?
What if that person was afraid of what may have become of the world and since they were totally convinced Y2K would cause the collapse of civilization they stayed in the bunker?
What if after all these years that person found themselves running low on supplies and decided to leave the bucker in December of 2016?
They would probably become an overnight media sensation. They would be asked to do all sorts of interviews. They could write a book about their experiences and that book could be turned into a movie. They would be the brunt of numerous jokes. However, they would be making millions of dollars and they could just ignore the negative comments.
That’s how I think the story would go…