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In 1979 a strangely prophetic movie was written by Phil Proctor and Peter Bergman Starring John Ritter, Fred Willard, and Harvey Korman. "Americathon" was made 30 years too early–in 1979. John Ritter plays the president in a future America (1998) when we've run out of oil and cash. Among the hilarious–and insane–predictions for America 20 years into the future were that China would embrace capitalism and become a global economic superpower. Nike, then a fledgling little shoe company in Oregon, would become a multinational conglomerate. The USSR would collapse. People would buy expensive, specialty coffee drinks. And America would be deep in debt to foreign investors
Originally posted by CAPT PROTON
Just ask wiki...
Wow...looks like someone had a crystal ball....
Since the storyline was set 20 years into the future, several satirical forecasts were made. Surprisingly, several of them came true:
The People's Republic of China embracing capitalism and becoming a global economic superpower.
Cliques of Native Americans becoming wealthy (although in reality much of their wealth would come from the gaming industry, mostly from tribal casinos).
Nike becoming a huge multinational conglomerate (In 1979, their "Tailwind" running shoe was just starting to gain popularity).
Vietnam becoming a major tourist attraction among Asia's wealthy and powerful.
The continued existence and popularity of The Beach Boys in 1998.
The creation of a "Western White House" (In reality it would serve as a vacation home).
The collapse of the USSR.
The depletion of US crude oil production.
Jogging suits becoming fashionable as casual wear.
A panhandler asks for "$25 for a cup of coffee" — predicting expensive specialty coffee.
The televised boxing match between a mother and son predicts reality television
A Presidential family dynasty.
An America with a devalued dollar and heavily in debt to foreign lenders.
Originally posted by kidflash2008
reply to post by browneyedgirl8
The great Harvey Korman was in the movie. He had the best part in the movie. He did show up in many of the funniest movies of the 1970s, including my all time favorite "Blazing Saddles".