Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

What Do We Call The Next Decade?

Stan Freberg here. Well, we're coming up on the year 2000, right? And what are we going to call the first decade of the next century? Be right back. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg here. Well, as this century hobbles to a close, we'll be bidding adieu to the 90s. Not only that, we'll be saying goodbye to them...ahem...

But if people marvel at the greed of the 80s and think what they will about the politics of the 90s, now we come up to the year 2000. A new young century. The millenium.

Fine. But as we hit 2000 and 10, what will we be calling the previous decade? The "zeros"? And by the way, will the year "007" be a great year for a revival of 007 movies?

But seriously, what shall we call the next decade--the "Os"? The "Ooohs"? Never mind the computers of the world, which will all be thrown off-kilter when the date comes up "2000"--I've warned about this before.

Since the computer was invented in the latter part of this century, programmers just always used the last two digits of the year--95, 96, 97. Okay, so far; but now comes 2000. The computer will take the last two digits, "00," not recognize it, assume it must be "1900," and go back 100 years, when there were no computers!

We've never had to deal with this before, you see. Imagine computerized airlines, nuclear missles...better yet, let's not think about all that. Just try to enjoy a decade we can call something: the 90s.

Stan Freberg here.

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