1999-12-11 / Letters

Simple Arithmetic

Dear Editor;

Last February I sent you an article on the "New Millennium." In short I said "Whether you believe it or not, next year, year 2000, is not the new millennium but only the last year of the second millennium. At a cost of being boring with my tedious repetitions I say the year 2000 will only complete the second millennium. The new one, the third millennium, will start only on January 1, 2001. Have we gone mad?

I know we need a calculator to add 4 + 4 but I would never believe there are people, some in high authority, sad to say it, do not know that a millennium equals to 1000 years and the year 2000 will only complete the second millennium not start one. Gallileo, Einstein and other luminous people must be turning in their graves. Stop the nonsense now. Next year, the year 2000, should be advertised as the last year of the present millennium, not as a new one and yes, let us celebrate it, after all, the last year of a millennium comes only every 1000 years and, like all the big events, should be properly celebrated.

Please publish this letter or the previous one. I dare anyone to prove me wrong. As Ripley would say, "believe it or not, these are the facts, the true facts, man." This was last February. Time has gone by now.

The first of the year is upon us. They still advertise the New Year as the start of the new millennium. On t.v., on radio, everywhere you go you will see a "count down to the new millennium" (sic) The Daily News is offering (at a price, of course) a December 31, 1999 and a January 1, 2000 copy of the paper in a variety of commemorative "Millennium Edition Packages" to "Roll into the next Millennium" (sic).

I almost gave up on the millennium theory. I felt I was all alone, one against all. Then I heard that my doctor, Peter Galvin, like me, believes also that it is simple arithmetic. I felt better. Now I know someone agrees with me. Then Laura, from the newspaper "Oggi" with "I agree with you 100 percent," but "unfortunately we are the minority."

Last Sunday I heard Andy Rooney, the witty man on "60 Minutes" asking himself "Are we gone crazy? Everybody is ready to celebrate the new millennium next year. Don’t these people know that 1999 +1 equals 2000 and two thousand only complete the second millennium and does not start one? You must wait another 365 days to January 1, 2001 to start the celebration, to welcome the new millennium."

Woo, why did it take you so long? Now we have four people that agree and believe in the same theory. Finally, I do no feel alone anymore. Now we can proudly say you saw it in The Wave first.



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