POST OFFICE: GET YOUR "OLD MILENIUM" STAMPS NOW!greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
One of my personal objectives in life is to avoid, and I will go to great lengths to do so, having to enter the post office. My personal best is 96 days. Prior to this morning I was on a streak that had reached 84 days. My dream of surpassing my previous personal best has now been dashed. However, since my last visit, the post office has added a new "marketing" touch.
As I was standing in the usual "25 minute line," slowly making forward progress from the "outer lobby," I noticed something I thought quite ironic.
It would appear that this particular post office is actively marketing stamps of the twentieth century. To do this they have positioned on the wall, glaringly - and in bright red lights, a countdown clock. This clock, together with pictorials featuring "stamps of the sixties, stamps of the seventies," etc., is a horizontal digital display, starting with "days" and ending with hundredths of seconds, and is, in real time, counting down the time to the new millenium.
Its effect is one of a warning, though it has nothing to do with Y2K. Its apparent purpose is to remind the viewer that time is running out to purchase stamps of the current millenium. I suppose the presumption being made is that after 01/01/00, one will no longer be able to do so.
Perhaps that is the marketing plan, with or without assistance from Y2K......
-- Dave Walden (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 17, 1999
". . .Its all part of "Celebrate the CenturyTM" (CTC), the most ambitious and creative stamp program ever offered by the Postal Service.
"For the first time, the public will play a major role in determining the stamp subjects that will become a permanent record of the passing millennium," says Postmaster General Marvin Runyon, adding that CTC is also the first official American celebration for the century thats about to come to a close. . ."
-- Not Going (Postal@to.day), June 17, 1999.
lest we forget, the century ends 12/31/2000. Not 12/31/1999.
-- J (email@example.com), June 21, 1999.