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Y2K. The year that brought us a contested presidential election, a subway World Series, and fears of a major computer catastrophe, also brought us four million new babies. We found eight of them, all entering fourth grade at F.E. Bellows Elementary School in Rye Neck, and asked about toys, the web, and the economy.

 

Tom Bermingham

What do you want to be when you grow up? An explorer.
What’s your favorite website? Poptropica.com.
What are you thankful for? My life.
Do you know what the economy is? Yes. A lot of people work in it and I think it’s doing really bad right now.
If you were the president, what would you change about our world? I would lower taxes, get people to start saving the environment, be nice, and do the stuff you’re supposed to do when you’re president, which I don’t really know.
What’s the best thing about being a kid? You don’t have to do much.
What’s the hardest thing about being a kid? Being bossed around by parents and older siblings.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever learned? That each year an average human swallows about four spiders—they crawl in your mouth while you’re sleeping.
If you could have a wish come true, what would it be? World peace.

  

Eloise Smith

What’s your favorite movie? The Last Mimzy.
What’s your favorite grown-up food? Octopus sushi.
If you could be any person beside yourself, who would you be and why? I’d be the President of the United States because I like working with other people, like my friends, and I like talking a lot.
Describe your perfect day. I’d go swimming or go to Japan and eat sushi a lot.
If you could change one thing about grownups what would it be? How they have to go to work all the time.
What’s the hardest thing about being a kid? Doing tests that I’ve barely studied for if I’ve lost the worksheet.
If you could have a wish come true, what would it be? That I could go back many years ago and meet my dad’s mom and dad.

 

Emily Michaels

 

What’s your favorite sport to play? Either soccer, tennis, or swimming—I can’t decide.
What do you want to be when you grow up? A children’s book writer.
What is the best present you ever received? My radio.
If you were the president, what would you change about our world? I would probably ask people to walk to places that are close so you don’t make as much pollution.
What’s the best thing about being a kid? You get to have a lot of toys and grownups usually don’t have a lot of toys.
What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever learned? I like learning about different countries like Japan. I learned about the bullet train that only takes about five seconds to get from place to place.

 

Bobby Craig

 What do you want to be when you grow up? A football player.
How old is old? About eighty-eight.
Do you know what the economy is? No.
If you could be any person beside yourself, who would you be and why? My friend John because he’s nice.
What’s the best thing about being a kid? You get to have fun.
What’s your most prized possession? My autographed baseball by Steve Finley when he was on the Arizona Diamondbacks.
If you could have a wish come true, what would it be? No school.

 

 

 

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