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January 17, 1990 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Naisbitt maneuvered the Jeep Cherokee carefully along snow-packed Colorado Avenue, pointing out landmarks with the pride of a city father. "The Opera House is that way and there's the Town Hall," he said. "We have a town marshal and a county sheriff because we're the county seat." "And we vote on everything," added his wife, Patricia Aburdene. "We even voted on whether to have a Grateful Dead concert here."
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March 29, 1993 | S. J. DIAMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
We predicted aging was gonna happen, we predicted herbs were gonna happen, we predicted foodaceuticals were gonna happen. . . . We predicted the four-wheel-drive vehicle based on fantasy adventure, backpacks, hiking boots, that whole Western thing. . . . We predicted Bill Clinton . . . low-fat eating . . . the company with a conscience, the corporate soul. . . . We just predicted everything.
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BOOKS
February 11, 1990 | Walter Russell Mead, Mead is a free-lance writer.
John Naisbitt makes Pollyanna look like Cassandra. He could find the brighter side of AIDS--or of nuclear war. Naisbitt thinks the '90s will be fabulous and the next decade better yet; one hopes he is right, but one doubts it. Philistine is a word not often used in our society, for perhaps the same reason that "mafioso" is rare in Palermo. But there is no other word for the sensibility that informs "Megatrends 2000," a book that manages to be wrong in spirit even when correct on matters of fact.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1990
"During the '90s the arts will gradually replace sports as society's primary leisure activity." --John Naisbitt, author of "Megatrends 2000," in Collectors' Digest
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 1990
"During the '90s the arts will gradually replace sports as society's primary leisure activity." --John Naisbitt, author of "Megatrends 2000," in Collectors' Digest
BOOKS
March 18, 1990
I'm deeply grateful for two Feb. 11 reviews: the Daniel O. Hirsch wrap-up of Edward Teller and his appalling accomplishments, and Walter Russell Mead's job on John Naisbitt. I knew I couldn't read Naisbitt, and that it was because I felt he was dead wrong somehow, but couldn't put my finger on it. That is, I smelled, but could not locate, garbage. Mead told me where it is. And God help us, we're run by people who buy it. FRANCES WEISMILLER SANTA BARBARA
NEWS
January 26, 1990
It seems to me that inanities like "Mega-Optimists" (Jan. 17) ought to be relegated to the astrology column where they belong. While people like the Naisbitts ("Megatrends 2000" authors John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene) try to put a veneer of respectability on their crystal ball by using computers to make their predictions sound like science, anyone who knows anything about computers or science knows that futurism is a con act. The reason people like the Naisbitts are popular is the same reason ancient kings hired prophets and modern rulers hire "experts."
NEWS
March 29, 1993 | S. J. DIAMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
We predicted aging was gonna happen, we predicted herbs were gonna happen, we predicted foodaceuticals were gonna happen. . . . We predicted the four-wheel-drive vehicle based on fantasy adventure, backpacks, hiking boots, that whole Western thing. . . . We predicted Bill Clinton . . . low-fat eating . . . the company with a conscience, the corporate soul. . . . We just predicted everything.
BUSINESS
March 8, 1990 | Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer
Tourism Conference: Instead of the usual meeting in Sacramento, the eighth Governor's Conference on Tourism will convene for three days starting Wednesday at the Disneyland Hotel. Gov. George Deukmejian, "Megatrends" author John Naisbitt and Disney Chairman Michael Eisner are scheduled to address the conference. Tickets for the three-day affair are available for $240 from World Forums Inc. in San Francisco. Phone: (415) 442-0224.
BUSINESS
November 6, 1995
The Future Is Orange: Author and futurist John Naisbitt will discuss Orange County's future and its link to the global economy in an economic outlook conference Wednesday presented by the Orange County Business Council. Nasbitt is a former executive with IBM and Eastman Kodak, and his books include "Megatrends" and "Global Paradox." Also speaking at the conference, which runs from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Anaheim Hilton and Towers, is Jan Mittermeier, the county's new chief executive.
BOOKS
March 18, 1990
I'm deeply grateful for two Feb. 11 reviews: the Daniel O. Hirsch wrap-up of Edward Teller and his appalling accomplishments, and Walter Russell Mead's job on John Naisbitt. I knew I couldn't read Naisbitt, and that it was because I felt he was dead wrong somehow, but couldn't put my finger on it. That is, I smelled, but could not locate, garbage. Mead told me where it is. And God help us, we're run by people who buy it. FRANCES WEISMILLER SANTA BARBARA
BOOKS
February 11, 1990 | Walter Russell Mead, Mead is a free-lance writer.
John Naisbitt makes Pollyanna look like Cassandra. He could find the brighter side of AIDS--or of nuclear war. Naisbitt thinks the '90s will be fabulous and the next decade better yet; one hopes he is right, but one doubts it. Philistine is a word not often used in our society, for perhaps the same reason that "mafioso" is rare in Palermo. But there is no other word for the sensibility that informs "Megatrends 2000," a book that manages to be wrong in spirit even when correct on matters of fact.
NEWS
January 26, 1990
It seems to me that inanities like "Mega-Optimists" (Jan. 17) ought to be relegated to the astrology column where they belong. While people like the Naisbitts ("Megatrends 2000" authors John Naisbitt and Patricia Aburdene) try to put a veneer of respectability on their crystal ball by using computers to make their predictions sound like science, anyone who knows anything about computers or science knows that futurism is a con act. The reason people like the Naisbitts are popular is the same reason ancient kings hired prophets and modern rulers hire "experts."
NEWS
January 17, 1990 | CONNIE KOENENN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Naisbitt maneuvered the Jeep Cherokee carefully along snow-packed Colorado Avenue, pointing out landmarks with the pride of a city father. "The Opera House is that way and there's the Town Hall," he said. "We have a town marshal and a county sheriff because we're the county seat." "And we vote on everything," added his wife, Patricia Aburdene. "We even voted on whether to have a Grateful Dead concert here."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1985 | Andy Rose \f7
Deductions, syllogisms and rebuttals will fly, city officials hope, when former U.N. Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick debates an as yet unnamed opponent at the Great American Talk Festival in November. Kirkpatrick's appearance, at a cost of $20,000, was confirmed Friday. Actor Orson Welles and author John Naisbitt ("Megatrends") have also agreed to exhibit their abilities to soliloquize, says Elise Young, city cultural events coordinator.
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