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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Y2K Gurus Quit Before Dawn 2000




NEW YORK -- They have devoted months and sometimes years to raising consciousness about potential year 2000 computer disruptions. Now, many of the most prominent worriers are folding their tents.


Jay Golter and his fellow advocates at the Northern Virginia Year 2000 Community Action Group wrapped up their group efforts with a "New Year's Eve" party on Dec. 18.


Peter de Jager, the Canadian programmer who became a year 2000 Paul Revere in 1993, said he would be on the interview circuit through next weekend. But Year2000.com, the popular Internet site he set up with the Tenagra Corp., is already on the auction block at eBay.com.


"The crusade part of this is just about over," said Edward Yardeni, a Wall Street economist who still believes there is a 70 percent chance that year 2000 breakdowns will usher in a worldwide recession. "Now it's just a matter of what happens. There's no point in being alarmist anymore."


Apparently, though, it is time to send in the clowns. As the rollover approaches, enough people are paying attention for comedians to shift into full gear. De Jager can hope the rising urge to laugh at year 2000 may help sales of one of his sideline ventures, a year 2000 cartoon book called "The Bug Stops Here."