Only someone awakening today from a coma can’t name the most shocking event of 2016. Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States!
But Trump’s stunning victory (and the emerging drama about Russia’s meddling in our election process) wasn’t the only notable story of this tumultuous year. Here are some others:
Pokemon Go Craze: While the Brexit vote in England, Trump’s rise and other momentous events captured the world’s attention, many were blithely wandering around parks, beaches and malls capturing Pokemon creatures. Nintendo stock zoomed, as our collective IQs plunged.
Millions of Americans with eyes glued to their smartphones, totally oblivious to the world around them, seems a perfect metaphor for what happened politically in 2016. Then summer ended and people went back to school and work. Pokemon? What’s that?
Chicago Cubs Finally Win World Series: Women couldn’t vote. The Titanic wasn’t built. You couldn’t watch the games at home, because TV hadn’t been invented. That’s 1908__the last time the Cubs won the World Series before now. Since the oldest person in the United States is a 114 year old woman from New Jersey, that means there wasn’t a Cub fan alive and rooting for both championships. Maybe the NY Jets can win the Super Bowl again before we find ourselves in the same situation.
Second Avenue Subway Poised to Open: Speaking of long hoped-for events that took about a century to happen, how about that Second Avenue Subway? The MTA has until December 31st to keep its promise of the first three stations on the line (96th, 86th and 72nd Streets) opening in 2016. Hate to be a party pooper, but will that get anyone to work? When there’s a Second Avenue subway completed that can actually take us all the way downtown to our jobs, wake me up.
The Passing of Icons: “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Muhammad Ali floated away to heaven in 2016, and the world is worse for his passing. And I will miss seeing David Bowie happily roaming his adopted city of New York. Ali, Bowie, Prince, Arnold Palmer__ this was a particularly tough year for our sports and music icons. They will be missed.