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by Tom Iovino,

The Year of Big Changes

There’s an old expression that goes “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”

Never has that sentiment been more true than in the year 2001.

As we find ourselves in December, we turn to centuries-old traditions to mark the end of one year and the beginning of the next. We take out the same holiday ornaments, crank up the same holiday CDs, and load the same holiday screen savers on our Macs. We buy our new “365 Reasons to Hate Bill Gates” page-a-day calendars for our desks and try to figure out where Aunt Martha and Uncle Jed will sleep when they visit for a week.

But 2001 has been one of those years where we know we have changed from how we were back in January.

For me, the changes have been profound. I became a dad for the second time this past April. Yes, it’s true, that when you have two children the amount of work you have to do increases exponentially. It takes me four times as long to get out of the house than it did with only one child in tow.

And, I know each of us has changed after the events of September 11th. Never again will we take safe air travel, routine delivery of our mail, or even a peaceful walk on the beach or in the woods for granted. In so many ways, we are so fundamentally different than back in the early days of this year.

The high-tech world, including Apple Computer, has changed drastically as well. From products that hit the scene in a blaze of glory to those that fizzled out, Apple’s hardware and software lineups have been shuffled and remolded several times, creating a new landscape for computer buyers to navigate. And, the high-tech industry has seen some interesting twists and turns through the year as well. Looking back over the year, here are some notable highlights:

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Well, OK, I do have to admit that some things in the year 2001 fell short of expectations. After all, in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, we were supposed to be able to travel to the moon and beyond with a minimum of fuss. I guess that didn’t happen. Another issue I have with this year is that 2001 wasn’t released on the big screen as I had hoped.

Oh, well, Hollywood does continue to disappoint me. I guess that’s one thing that hasn’t really changed.

Here’s wishing nothing but happiness, peace, and prosperity for you in the upcoming year.

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Reader Comments (2)

anonymous · December 22, 2001 - 05:04 EST #1
You expected the movie "2001" to be re-released in theaters this year? Three reasons that didn't happen:
  1. Kubrik isn't George Lucas (it doesn't help that he died this year either)
  2. Revamping the effects in 2001 would be similar to painting over the Mona Lisa with a portrait of Pamela Anderson, beautiful but tacky (see reason #1)
  3. Nobody in the film industry is intelligent enough to pull it off properly
Tom Iovino (ATPM Staff) · December 26, 2001 - 08:33 EST #2
  1. Hey, I thought his death would help the movie's chances! After all, why not tribute the guy by airing what I think is his best work?
  2. You know, I don't think you would have to revamp the effects. Run it as is - even with the intermission!
  3. 100% Agreed!

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