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The time has come to get serious about educating my neighbors about Y2K. Could you please tell me what you think is the very best, most persuasive, single piece you've read. Note that most of my neighbors are elderly folks.


-- Franklin Journier (, December 08, 1998



The Year 2000: Social Chaos or Social Transformation?

and (a much longer piece, but it's comprehensive)

Ed Yardeni's Netbook

Good luck...

-- Scott Johnson (, December 08, 1998.

Thanks, Scott. Those are a bit too long, unfortunately. I need about 5 pages max.

-- Franklin Journier (, December 08, 1998.

I need one or more too. Kevin, oh Kevin, where are you?


-- Diane J. Squire (, December 08, 1998.

5 pages? !!!

Is there even one person on this forum who "got it" through reading 5 pages?

(Well, maybe Leo did...)

-- Tom Carey (, December 08, 1998.

Franklin: Go to: http:/ On the right hand side of the page is this link: "Just Some Quotes" It is excellent for showing DGI's and DWGI's that there are some important people who take y2k very seriously. You might begin your conversation by asking if they've heard about this "y2k thing?" You know, kinda slip them into it. Then tell them that you don't know what to think about it, but you are beginning to get somewhat concerned because it's not just a bunch of survivalists or kooks who are saying it could be serious. 'I found this information today, and it kinda worries me' you say, as you hand them the paper. After some discussion you then say, 'Well, I think it might be a good idea to get in some extra food and water....just in can't hurt.' I've had great luck with this strategy. Basically, I approach them with the attitude that I don't know any more about this than they do. Once I have gotten their attention and co-operation I begin "finding" more articles on the internet, which I deliver to them. I have a high sucess rate with this method. One lady expects her y2k updates weekly! Best of luck to you.

-- Alive in 2001 (, December 08, 1998.

TRY: Alan's Y2K Pages -- Home Page (quotations & links):

TRY: Awakening to Y2K (Michael Brownlee, Cogenesis Journal) THE BEST. Of all the many hundreds of articles I have read about Y2K, this one is THE BEST general introduction to the subject. Period. This guy has an incredible gift for taking in the vast complexity and detail and ambiguity of the issue, and reducing it all to a pithy, readable, and altogether sensible summation. Truly outstanding. And to top it off, the spin is positive, with an emphasis on the transformational potential of Y2K (hence this item is also listed on my Y2K-as-Gift/Transformation page). SECOND BEST: Brownlee's What You Need To Know About Y2K, an excellent companion item. These are the two items that I am reprinting for friends.

-- Alan Lewis (, December 08, 1998.


with the chevrons the url becomes invisible!

here it is:

(good quotations)

-- Alan Lewis (, December 08, 1998.

The best summary article I've seen on Y2K is this one that was in a June, 1998 issue of "U.S. News & World Report":

Best report on Y2K progress (or lack of it) in foreign countries:

Best recent mainstream article on the U.S. government falling behind:

-- Kevin (, December 08, 1998.

Tom, was that a personal attack?

I became a GI, btw, when I read an article in the newspaper that made me want to go online and check some facts for myself. Within 6 hours I was convinced that something serious was going to happen. It wasn't any one article.


-- Leo (, December 08, 1998.

Tom, I got it laying in bed one night! (Ha, ha, not what your thinking). Was listening to the radio and zoned in on Gary North talking about Y2K. That was 16 months ago, and I haven't stopped preparing since. Talked to a few people but they didn't get it. But my mother who is 75 get's it and one sister. Neither of them are worried because my mother will be with me and my sister is ready except for her shot gun. She just joined the NRA and one of the members is going to teach her how to shoot. Her husband is an IRS agent and he's scared of guns, go figure!

-- bardou (, December 08, 1998.

I agree with Scott Johnson on giving the non-beleivers "The Year 2000 Social Chaos or Social Transfprmation" Its about 17 pages but it is excellent. I have converted every person that I have given this to. It wakes up there common sense so to speak.

-- flierdude (, December 08, 1998.

The best single thing that I have used successfully is the chart at the following link. It is one page and goes right to the heart of what concerns many folks the most - their money. Check it out. If it works for you also (as an introduction to Y2K) then be ready to follow up with other info. In case the hotlink doesn't work, the URL is

Bank Chart

-- Rob Michaels (, December 08, 1998.

Actually, I "got it" after visiting only a few sights - it merely depends on how honest you want (or are in the habit of being) with yourself. One article, that, although not the perfect "summary" but would be good to print is Yourdon's "Shouting Y2K in a Crowded Theatre." It helps push the the one's who get it, but are trying not to. I believe it was very instrumental in bringing a friend of mine on board.

-- Christine A. Newbie (, December 09, 1998.


You can find links to some of the best Y2K articles at this URL:

-- Kevin (, December 13, 1998.

At the risk of seeming immodest, might I suggest the article I wrote for the current issue of Worth magazine? See it online at

-- Erik (, December 14, 1998.

Alan, you have a very good Y2k website, thank you!

Link to Alan's Y2k Page is:

This site is not super-fancy or over-engineered, and Al has put a lot of thought into writing a paragraph with a balanced perspective on each of his links. This is a Y2k website done right!

-- Jon (, December 15, 1998.

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