Dick Maynard Column December 31, 2009

Looking ahead after a backward glance at 2008

Prognostications. Somewhere in the columning bible is a commandment dictating no scribe worth his salt lets the year’s final week pass without his or her offering a take on what to expect in the year ahead. Are the “picks to click” ever correct? Who knows? I can’t remember last week’s subject. How would one expect a reader to keep track of prognosis from a year ago?

However, before venturing forth a guesstimate of events possibly to occur next year, let’s look back to the final Milieu of ’07.

Were any of my expectations wrong? “Is the Pope from Germany?” Of course I had some misses. Last year’s final Milieu suggested the next president would be Hillary with Obama as her veep. As the world is aware, Obama came out on top and in granting political favors, the president-elect worked out a plan with Bill Clinton whereby Hillary would be out of the country for long stretches of time.

Another prediction from last year — that the law of averages dictated that at sometime during 2008 a cogent thought would appear in The Daily Sentinel’s “You Said It” column — could not have been more incorrect.

Under the theorem stating even a blind pig finds an occasional acorn, a couple of last December thoughts were on the money. One, that during the summer, the main topic of conversation would be, “I can’t remember it ever being this hot” became a nightly staple of local TV weathercasts detailing the number of consecutive days we had gone above the 90-degree mark.

It was also predicted the networks would declare a winner in the presidential election within two minutes of the California polls closing, and the discussion would immediately turn to the Republican candidate in 2012. In that regard, Sarah Palin (she was Sarah who? last December) did not disappoint.

So what’s the Milieu call for ’09?

In the battle to replace the Illinois governor, all interested parties will claim to be the candidate of “change.” What they mean by “change” is that unlike their predecessors in office, they won’t get caught.

In August, a minimum of five Denver sports writers will predict this year the Broncos will go to the Super Bowl.

Using the logic that 1 million monkeys typing on 1 million keyboards for an infinite period of time will eventually write the great American novel, during 2009, Rep. Barney “Motor-mouth” Frank will say something that makes sense.

At some point in time during 2009, an article espousing the belief that major market daily newspapers are making a comeback will be given a big play in the nation’s press. For this article to receive the respect it deserves, it should run adjacent to a column on the increasing popularity of Tommy Dorsey type “big band” music and how “ice-boxes” and “washboards” will once again become favorite home appliances.

It’s also predicted that at sometime during ’09, my computer’s spell-check will recognize both Barack and Obama as words.

As much as one hesitates to tempt the gods of fate, here goes. The Milieu predicts 2009 will be a better year than ’08. Don’t you dare blurt, “It could be worse?” Fate gods love a challenge.

Happy New Year.


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