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It’s not the end of the world

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, October 17, 2015
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Recently I got a quad-fold brochure with this title, in bold, in all caps: “A STRONG LIKELIHOOD THAT OCTOBER 7, 2015 WILL BE THE END OF THE WORLD.”

Since it is Oct. 17, and you are still reading this column, we know that was incorrect information.

It claimed that judgment day was May 21, 2011, the day God stopped saving people. Oct. 7 was the day God would destroy all the people he did not save.

Luckily, we went ahead and planned stories past that date so we weren’t caught off guard when the end of the world didn’t come, and we still had to produce a paper.

Monday, Oct. 19, is an important date, but many people probably won’t realize it. That’s the first day of early voting in the Nov. 3 election.

It might be easily overlooked, since none of the seemingly hundreds of candidates running for president will be on the ballot (that’s next year), but we still have some important ballot items, including seven propositions for state constitutional amendments. We’ve covered all that information in a story in this issue.

I just hope voters exercise their right to vote. These “off-year” elections don’t usually draw many voters, meaning a very small portion of our population will be making the decisions for the rest of us.

For kids (and plenty of adults, too), the important date of Oct. 31 is coming up quick. Halloween is on a Saturday this year, so we won’t have to deal with the seemingly unique Wise County issue of what night trick-or-treating is on.

It will indeed take place on Saturday.

Wednesday’s date of Oct. 21, 2015, might have significance to film buffs. That is the date that Doc and Marty arrived “into the future” from 1985 in the movie Back to the Future Part II.

Yeah, I’ve seen all those movies a few times. I’m a sucker for time travel films.

They didn’t quite get the flying cars right, but one prediction they made still has a chance to come true. Marty sees a news report that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2015.

The Cubs, you see, haven’t won a World Series since 1908, and they haven’t even played in a World Series since 1945. But this year, they are playing the New York Mets in the National League Championship Series with a chance to advance to the World Series.

What would be the odds of that happening? Maybe the same as someone inventing a flying DeLorean.

The Cubs will not be opposed by my team, the Texas Rangers, who despite being up two games to none in their American League Division Series, lost the series to the Toronto Blue Jays.

That one hurts.

But hey, it’s not the end of the world, right?

Brian Knox is the Messenger’s special projects manager.

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