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Will I Live to See the Year 2000?

Jan 04, 2020 02:55PM ● By Ed Helmick

Annually, when the calendar rolls around to a new year, I am reminded of asking my parents if I would live to the year 2000.

I was probably about 10 years old, so that would have been 1954. At that time, there were a lot of newspaper and magazine articles on rockets and space travel. Stories that captured this kid’s imagination about lunching man made moons called satellites, space stations orbiting the earth and travel to the moon.

It was forecast that a lot of amazing things were going to happen by the year 2000. For a 10-year-old in 1954 the year 2000 was a long way away. My parents explained that I would be 56 years old and very likely to see the year 2000.

Now, as we enter the year 2020, I wonder if anyone my age ever wondered, as I did, if they would see the year 2000. I was fascinated with airplanes and space travel and growing up in the 1950s and 60s was the era of aviation records of faster, higher, and further.

I had no idea how beneficial this advancing technology would become. Today, we have come to expect navigation by GPS. When I travel in the back country, out of cell phone coverage, I carry a satellite phone for emergency use. I read the other day there are more than 800 satellites circling the earth including a manned space station. Our nation just created a U.S. Space Force. I am thankful I am alive and well to see all this. I have lived during the best of times.

However, at age 75, when I look at the larger picture of our nation, I am concerned about the moral decay our country has been experiencing. I am concerned about religious persecution that seems to be growing. I appreciate our Christian values that this nation was founded on.

At my age I have seen a of lot history and as a pilot I have traveled throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. I am glad I have settled in rural Utah County. Not only is it a beautiful area, it feels safer than many other places in this country, and I appreciate the values and patriotism of our community.

I am looking forward to the year 2020 and now ask myself will I see the year 2030? I certainly hope so and I will do my best to be there. (Helmick is a Serve Daily contributor.)