The Y2K hype builds momentum |

The Y2K hype builds momentum

Rick Chandler

Getting tired of all the Y2K/millennium hype? One can hardly turn on a

television, click on a radio or boot up a computer without being hit with a barrage of year 2000 material.

So how about a little light reading to pass the time?

Don’t look now, but there isn’t enough time between now and Jan. 1, 2000, to read all the Y2K material that is currently rolling off of the presses.

Always on top of the trends, book retailers were possibly the first to jump onto the Y2K bandwagon – and the printed word takes a back seat to no other medium when trumpeting the year 2000.

Here’s a nice little offering with which to curl up in front of the fire:

“The World’s Last Dictator,” by Dwight L. Kinman.

“In this book, the author maintains that the year 2000 will bring us to one world government, like the bible predicted,” said Lauretta Bourough, who was one of the many booksellers on hand at the Year 2000 Expo at the San Jose Convention Center recently.

“Basically the premise is that the year 2000 will be the time that the

anti-Christ will rule,” she said. “He will rule for a seven-year period,

after which time God will set up his own kingdom on earth.”

Kinman is a survival teacher who has been predicting the coming of the horned one for quite some time, and is now making hay with his new book – which is a fairly hit item on the retail book circuit.

“I’ve read it,” Bourough said. “Actually, it’s kind of creepy.”

But nothing seems to be too offbeat for Y2K book fans – those who prowl the Y2K Expos, gun shows and book fairs, and even their local supermarkets, for the latest millennial titles.

“We sell our books at grocery stores, supermarkets and the like,” said

Bourough, who had a display of about 200 books on hand at the San Jose Expo. “We also sell books at Christian Schools and book fairs. Y2K titles are very popular right now.”

But it is not simply Y2K/computer titles which are flying off of the shelves.

Books on angels, bible prophecy and the supernatural are also big sellers in the waning months of 1999.

“We also sell a lot of joke books,” said Melissa Wright, a bookseller from Olympia, Washington who occupied the booth next door to Bourough’s. “All this Y2K stuff is so serious, that people want to laugh. Our joke books are always the first to sell out.”

The biggest Y2K-related book on the market, according to officials at, is still “Time Bomb 2000” by Ed Yourdon – practically the bible of the Y2K culture.

But another very popular book is “Y2K: the Millennium Bug,” by Shaunti

Feldham. Feldham, founder of The Joseph Project, offers “a balanced Christian response and timely resolutions for the Y2K problem.”

“She’s our fearless leader,” said Ken Cost, who was hawking the book among other Joseph Project items at the Expo.

Among those other items was “Countdown Y2K” – a Christian magazine directed at year 2000 issues. Among the articles in the latest edition were: “What to do with Y2K Information Overload,” and “Y2K: The Russian Awakening.”

There are a number of like magazines to be had, mostly available for order on the Internet. But books seem to be the hottest printed item.

Tim Lattaye is the author of a popular five-part “end-time series,” which includes titles such as “Left Behind” and “Soul Harvest.”

Y2K family preparedness books are also brisk sellers. Also, books on Y2K from the Mormon perspective.

“As I understand it, Mormons are required to store up to two years of food at all times, regardless of Y2K,” Bourough said. “So there is a great interest in books on food storage.”

Said Wright: “People are hungry to know what to do. There’s a lot of anxiety out there.”

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