Millennium anxiety: will the sun rise, and where?
I remember first hearing the phrase “millennium anxiety” way back in 1989, from a man who made his money by predicting the future for business. “Clever,” I thought, never dreaming of the wild west show that the turn of this century would become. Six months before the big day, there is already a dispute about the “first sunrise”.
The battle is raging about who gets to see the first sunrise of the new age. According to news reports, Mount Hakepa on New Zealand’s Pitt Island, (500 miles southeast of the mainland) is the place to be for the dawn of the year 2000. The battle, of course, involves money and television broadcast rights, and is between the New Zealand government and international TV networks.