BUCKHANNON — Thirteen years ago, a professor at West Virginia Wesleyan College stood on the iconic yellow Roberto Clemente bridge in Pittsburgh, watching a giant clock tick down
to zero. A new millennium was about to begin.
Or, maybe, the world would end.
Pete Galarneau, a communications teacher at the college, huddled amongst the masses on New Years Eve in 1999, uncertain of just what Y2K would bring.
“There were a ton of people there; it was packed,” Galarneau said. “Everyone went silent as the clock went down. There was a thought of, ‘What happens if the lights do go out here?’”
Midnight came and went, but the lights stayed on, the computers kept computing and the much-hyped ‘end date’ passed with a whimper.
Still, the next would-be apocalypse was just around the corner, and Galarneau knew precisely what he wanted to do about it: write a book. Or three books.For the complete article see the 12-21-2012 issue.
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