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Y2K Family Survival Guide (1998)



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Credited cast:
Robert Bennett ...
Himself (archive footage)
Gordon Denniston ...
Greg Hallmark ...
Lee Holcomb ...
Himself, NASA
Steve Horn ...
Himself (as Representative Steve Horn)
Rick Ingraschi ...
Himself, psychiatrist
John Koskinen ...
Stephen Mansfield ...
Himself, associate pastor Belmont Church
Julie Wilson Marshall ...
Herself, attorney
Marshall Murdock ...
Himself - Host / Narrator
Jim Thacker ...
David Tiller ...
Joanna Whittaker ...
Ted Wright


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Live. Like. Squirrels.
12 May 2009 | by (CA, US) – See all my reviews

Do you remember the Y2K hysteria of the late 90's? Leonard Nimoy does.

As government officials and computer programmers were thinking about what to do when the century changed and all digital dates would roll over to 00's, the press made a big deal out of it. Some people got worried, as middle Americans are wont to do, and bought up lots of canned food, water, batteries, and other things you would need in the case of the apocalypse.... or if power was out for a few days.

Contributing to the hysteria, and possibly profiting off of it, were so-called experts in emergency preparedness. A group of them got together and made this video, and somehow convinced Nimoy to host and narrate it. Apparently, he was available.

I found this at a local video store in small-town Pennsylvania for 2 dollars, and I had to explore my curiosity. It ended up being one of the better bargain videos I've found. This video is perpetrating fear with the nonchalance of an office safety training short. Nimoy calmly explains that a disaster might be coming as cheap graphics tell you "people will die." With all the hindsight of knowing how uneventful January 1, 2000, was, you can have fun with this video. A few various "experts" are brought on, from an obscure congressman to a British military man who calls himself "the hand of man" or something cryptic like that. He gives some of the best extreme ideas, such as reusing water in many ways, and tells us that we must all "live like squirrels" in the case of emergency. Well said.

I hope there are more copies of this out there. It's worth a few bucks to have at your next gathering, sipping some drinks and wondering how someone could legitimately market this video. It's a hidden 90's treasure.

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