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December 6, 1999 | Associated Press
The U.S. official responsible for Y2K readiness said Sunday he is confident there will be no catastrophic computer breakdowns, but is concerned public reaction to any small problems could provoke economic crises. "If we got a panic we could . . . create a shortage of all sorts of things as we go forward--either food, gas [or] pharmaceuticals," John Koskinen, the White House Y2K coordinator, said on CNN's "Late Edition."
October 18, 1999
Regarding Ashley Dunn's "Oddsmakers Make Millennium Bug a Longshot for Online Wagers" (Oct. 4): The Y2K problem and the millennium change are two very distinct events. This article both reports on, and adds to, our muddled understanding of this. As for online bets for Jan. 1, contrarians can be assured a winning wager that on New Year's Day the millennium will not change and that it will still be the 20th century. Computers, of course, only know what they are told. Too many may know it is the 19th century on Jan. 1. GEORGE E. GODWIN Rowland Heights
January 4, 2000 | Associated Press
Al Gore helped lead the federal response to Y2K, but that doesn't mean his own Internet operations went bug-free. The computer glitch took a tiny bite out of Gore's campaign Web site. The glitch came inside his "virtual town hall," where a message from a supporter was dated Jan. 3, 19100. When 1999 became 2000, some computers decided that the year following 1999 is 19-100.
December 9, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at
At tourist destinations around the world, New Year's celebrations have failed to live up to expectations, and things are no different in Orange County, at least on non-Disney turf. As a consequence, discounting has begun. One example is the Waterfront Hilton, a four-diamond hotel in Huntington Beach, where unbooked rooms remain plentiful with less than a month until Y2K. The hotel has cut the minimum price for a two-night millennium stay from $1,999 to $850, a spokeswoman said.
March 9, 1999 | Reuters
Early results looked good in a Wall Street test for signs of the millennium bug, which some experts believe threatens to crash computers around the world on Jan. 1 because of a software glitch. The Securities Industry Assn., the trade group organizing the test, said Monday that results from Saturday's dry run were "better than expected," but the real test is yet to come.
October 30, 1999 | Associated Press
Major phone companies are sending an unusual New Year's plea to their customers: Don't pick up that phone! They fear millions of people will check for a dial tone just after midnight on Jan. 1 to see whether their phone service survived the Y2K bug. Add them to all the folks who ring in the New Year by calling family and there's a potential for a telecommunications traffic jam. Some callers who pick up their handsets might hear nothing or get a fast busy signal.
May 25, 1999 | From Reuters
Most Americans believe the year 2000 computer problem will have little or no effect on their finances or their local cash machine come Jan. 1, a recent survey shows. The upbeat report by research company Gallup comes as U.S. banks and financial companies--some of the best-prepared companies to face the year 2000--reassure customers that their banking systems will be working after Dec. 31.
June 15, 1999
As part of a campaign to remind people that there are 200 days before 2000, the Federal Reserve's Los Angeles branch honored a Los Angeles fifth-grader for his color drawing of the "Millennium Bug." Four Los Angeles Unified School District schools participated in the Design the Millennium Bug contest. Nearly 40 fifth-grade students submitted their pictorial interpretations of the Y2K problem, which some think could lead to massive computer breakdowns once the new year begins.
As anxiety swept the country last year about the frightening fallout from the 2000 computer glitch, sales of freeze-dried products soared at AlpineAire Foods. "In the summer of '98 it went bonkers," recalled Rod Allen, sales manager at AlpineAire, a leading freeze-dried food processor based in Rocklin, Calif. "Our sales tripled."
January 17, 1999 | Patt Morrison
Think of it: for all those centuries of our human past, we believed that the power to bring mankind to grief and ruin lay in the hands of gods or God, wrathful or dispassionate. Flood and fire and earthquake and drought were the tools of forces or deities, not ourselves. Only since World War I, a tick ago on the cosmic clock, have we held in our own hands the power of our own efficient end.
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