Predictions for the Biggest Headlines of the Future

A group of newspaper men and journalists predict the biggest headlines in the years to come.

LEADING NEWSMEN PICK BIGGEST HEADLINES OF THE FUTURE

In an exclusive poll taken by The People's Almanac, we posed the following question to a select list of the leading newspaper and television editors, reporters, columnists, and commentators in the U.S.:

"What would you consider the three greatest news stories that could happen in the world in the foreseeable future?"

To stimulate the imaginations of those participating in the poll, we added the following:

"The three greatest news stories of the foreseeable future? Our staff discussed the question and found innumerable possibilities. Some examples: Conclusive evidence that Jesus lived; Absolute cure for cancer announced; Woman becomes president of the U.S.; Terrorists with own nuclear bomb make demands; United States of Europe established; Loch Ness monster captured; Advanced form of life found on another planet; Proof that JFK was assassinated by conspirators; Factual evidence that Shakespeare did not write his plays; New low-cost form of energy invented.

"You may find one or several of these among your greatest news stories of the future. Or they may suggest to you different stories that you would consider to have far more import or news value."

Tabulation of the replies added up to the following consensus.

5 Greatest News Stories of the Foreseeable Future

1. JESUS RETURNS TO EARTH

2. ADVANCED FORM OF LIFE DISCOVERED ON ANOTHER PLANET

3. PERMANENT PEACE COMES TO THE WORLD

4. NUCLEAR WAR LEADS TO ANNIHILATION OF MOST PEOPLES

5. A NEW LOW-COST FORM OF ENERGY IS INVENTED

Newsmen Who Voted

Jack Anderson (United Feature Syndicate); Robert J. Cochnar (Newspaper Enterprise Association); Paul Conroy (San Jose Mercury); Marvin E. Garrette (Richmond Times-Dispatch); Sidney Goldberg (North American Newspaper Alliance); Fred Kinne (San Diego Tribune); Clayton Kirkpatrick (Chicago Tribune); Jack Kisling (Denver Post); David Laventhol (Garden City, N. Y., Newsday); Warren E. Morrell (Los Angeles Herald Examiner); Edwin O. Park (Indianapolis News); Richard S. Salant (CBS News); T. J. Simmons (Dallas News); John S. Walters (Florida Times-Union/Jacksonville Journal); Sidney Yudain (Washington, D.C., Roll Call).

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