Television networks were filled with specials and there were magazines filled with pictures of the last 10 years. Welcome to the new decade!
But not so fast, say some.
This all has to do with the Gregorian calendar. It is named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582.
Now let me say at the outset, that I believe in Jesus Christ and am one of his followers. But, the truth is that Jesus was not born on Dec. 25. That’s because there wasn’t a December on the calendar at the time of his birth. In fact, he was probably born in the spring, because shepherds would not have sheep grazing in the wintertime.
Also, Jesus was not born in 1 AD. Bible scholars place the time of Jesus birth at somewhere between 6 BC and 4 BC. This is based on historical references in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. The truth is that no one knows the real birthday of Jesus, because there is no recorded date of his birth.
Pope Gregory’s calendar moved the celebration to Dec. 25 because there were other celebrations at the time, such as the pagan celebration of the winter solstice.
There are all sorts of theories on the anno Domini, which translates as “year of our Lord,” not “after death” as some like to say.
The Gregorian calendar also worked out the issue of leap years to keep us on track with our orbit around the sun.
I’m not so concerned with when the decade ends as I am the year we are now observing. We used to say that writing 2020 on checks would take a couple of months of adjusting. But nobody writes many checks these days.
The combination of 20/20 is an indication of visual acuity. I take a couple of pieces of glass to get me back to 20/20. I wish my crystal ball would give me a glimpse of what’s to come.
All the stuff that seemed so futuristic has either happened or seems a bit dated. Think about this, the Robinson family who went up in space in the Jupiter II was supposed to have launched in 1997.
However, it was supposed to be two years from now, 2022, when George Jeffery Jetson is born.
I don’t know if any of the stuff that was supposed to exist in Orbit City has been invented yet.
Dick Tracy, the cartoon detective, had a watch that would transmit and receive pictures. We really didn’t have those until a few years ago.
I asked my Brenau class the other day what their parents or grandparents would be most in awe of in today’s technology. They said the various electronic gadgets that let us see one another face-to-face in real-time video.
I think some people might be amazed in what’s on television. The daytime programming was once dominated by commercials for detergents that would deliver whiter, brighter clothes.
Now, they are dominated by lawyer commercials that promise to get you more money from a car wreck.
By the way, that’s still a car that operates on the same principles as the ones from years ago.
Hurry up, George Jetson, I need my flying car.
Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear on the Sunday Life page and on www.gainesvilletimes.com.