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Dateline 1979: Predictions for the end of the 20th century


Those of us who recall 1979 will remember that the state of the nation's economy was the dominant concern. NOt since the Depression was the nation plagues by widespread economic fear. Steep oil price increases, gas shortages, the fall of Shah in oil-rich Iran (which proceeded to hold Americans hostage under a hostile regime), and concerns about the safety of nuclear energy all contributed to a sense of paranoia.