When I was a kid, we dreamt about someday owning a "flying car" like the ones we saw in cartoons. Back in those days, I also heard my dad warn that "someday we will have another depression, where the financial world just collapses overnight."
And even those many decades ago, I remember my parents, uncles and grandparents saying that "this country is moving towards socialism ... someday the government will be telling you what to say, what to eat and how to get your medical care." Well, guess what: The year of the "flying car" has arrived.
And I mean that quite literally. This week both a Dutch company and a U.S.-based manufacturer unveiled their versions of "flying cars." The Dutch version is perhaps more like the concept we saw on the cartoon "The Jetsons" or years later in the movie "Back to the Future," allowing for immediate take off from car to flying vehicle. The other, the U.S. version, allows one to drive on roads, find a comfortable small airstrip and take off as a plane. The U.S. version is already taking orders for commercial sales in the near future.
And with the fruition of the dream of the first real, if not likely primitive "flying car," one must reflect on what has happened to this nation since, let's say, the 1960s, when "The Jetson's" and the idea of cool things like the "jetpack" were popular.
Obviously there have been many good things, such as an end to segregation, and huge advancements in technology, communications and health care procedures, as well as many other aspects of life. But as I think back on those conversations that I would listen to on Sunday afternoons where my grandparents hosted loads of relatives and talk after lunch among the grown-ups turned to the issues of the day or stories of the past -- and, more importantly, predictions of the future -- I have come to realize that much which they just guessed about may well now be true.