Sunday, May 24, 2009

Prophetic


A classmate loaned me a bound volume of every copy of the student newspaper printed during our high-school years in the Chicago suburbs. It offered the proverbial trip down Memory Lane.

Our journalism teacher regularly invited professionals to speak to her students. One such visitor was Richard James, then a 10-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal. The student paper’s article on James’ visit concluded this way:

Looking at newspapers from a technical standpoint, Mr. James sees the newspapers of the future as very different from those of today. “Who knows?” he smiled. “It might be delivered electronically to everyone’s home!”

He made the statement in February 1971. Who's smiling now?

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