Will the year 2000 be filled with flying cars or polluted air? Push-button lunches or the start of World War III? These were just some of the predictions made by fourth grade kids in 1976, who had trouble deciding if the future was going to be filled with high-tech gadgets or nuclear war. Or maybe both.
The July 4, 1976 edition of the Grand Prairie Daily News in Texas published letters written by fourth grade kids that were addressed to the year 2000. Getting American kids to write letters to the future in the mid-1970s was an incredibly popular exercise. These examples give us a peek at not only the tech-filled dreams of tomorrow, but a country struggling with unemployment, pollution, and political corruption.