The letter was written by an unnamed 11-year-old girl who managed to predict video calling and conjured other technological advancements.
We all know about Nostradamus' predictions and how he had predicted a lot of major world events. But he was not the only one to be able to divine what the future held. As recently as 1969, a young girl has also been able to make quite a lot of guesses about what the future would look like. She may have been a few decades off but most of what she wrote in a letter has pretty much happened. The letter was accidentally discovered down the back of a sofa and is now giving us a lot of food for thought.
The letter was discovered by Peter Beckerton, from Peterborough, Cambridge, who was refurbishing an old piece of furniture for a client. It was dated February 23, 1969, and seemed to be a creative writing assignment to write about what the year 1989 would be like. The future was imagined by an 11-year old who managed to predict the age of video calling, reported The Mirror. Written in blue ink and cursive writing, the letter did not carry the name of the author but did have a lot of other imaginative things that only a creative mind could conjure. Most of it had to do with technological advancements.
The unnamed girl writes of a conversation she has with her future husband, “'Hello, dear,’ he said to me. ‘I’ve just got to ring up my friend on the telephone’. ’Well you’d better tidy yourself up a bit,’ I said. In 1969 the telephone was a square box thing with a resiver [sic] on top of it. But now it is still a resiver [sic], but you can see the people you are talking to, for there is a screen where you can see the people. It is a bit like a television." That sounds very much like Skype and Zoom where we can converse with people from any part of the world while looking at their images on a screen.
Beckerton's wife Rosa said this is one of the most interesting things her husband has ever recovered as part of his job. "When my husband showed it to me I couldn't believe it. I thought oh my god, look at this. It was just so interesting because looking at it today she's got a lot of her predictions kind of right - but in her childish innocent way, she thought it would all happen in ten years." She decided to share the letter in the hopes that the original author, who is probably now in her 60s, will see it. It would be great to see the person behind this rich imagination.
Girl’s letter from 1969 that was found down the back of an old sofa made spookily accurate predictions about the future https://t.co/V6BAfPjgj0— The Sun (@TheSun) February 3, 2021
The girl even had an outlandish idea about how in the future we would all get our meals from chewing gum. Although this did not happen in real life, it has a very Willy Wonka-esque suggestion. In the letter, she even wrote, “The year is 1980, the time is half-past moon dust. Here I am twenty-one years of age, sitting in a cushion of air. I remember when I was 11-years-old and I was at school, things have changed since then. For instance, the television has changed. In 1969 it was a square box with knobs in front of it. Now it is a big screen with knobs on your chair arm to switch it on and off.” All of these sound like a great idea for tech developers looking for new products to come up with. While we already have remote controls, getting to control your TV from the surface of your sofa sounds so much cooler.