New Year's Challenge:
Who will you be at 23? In the year 2030
In 1962 two cartoonist tried to envision what life would be like in 2062…
“The Jetsons” first aired on September 23, 1962. It debuted as the first program broadcast in color on ABC-TV. (Only a handful of ABC-TV stations were capable of broadcasting in color in the early 1960s.)
Discuss the idea of black and white television with your student!
“The Jetsons” was designed to reflect what life would be like in the future.
George Jetson lives with his family in the Skypad Apartments: his wife Jane is a homemaker, their teenage daughter Judy attends Orbit High School, and their early-childhood son Elroy attends Little Dipper School. Housekeeping is seen to by a robot maid, Rosie, which handles chores not otherwise rendered trivial by the home's numerous push-button Space Age-envisioned conveniences.
George Jetson's workweek is typical of his era: an hour a day, two days a week. His boss is Cosmo Spacely, the bombastic owner of Spacely Space Sprockets. Jetson commutes to work in an aerocar that resembles a flying saucer with a transparent bubble top. Daily life is leisurely, assisted by numerous labor-saving devices, which occasionally break down with humorous results. Despite this, everyone complains of exhausting hard labor and difficulties living with the remaining inconveniences.
The program would spend the next two decades on Saturday mornings, with subsequent runs on CBS (1964-65 and 1969-71) and NBC (1965-67; 1971-76; 1979-81 and 1982-83). Beginning in the late 1960s, The Jetsons also began airing simultaneously in syndication.
The Jetsons is one of the few series to have aired on each of the Big Three television networks in the United States. The Jetsons predicted accurately that there would be video chatting, talking alarm clocks, robotic vacuums, the Terrafugia flying car model, dog treadmills, smart watches, personal tanning beds, and flat-screen tv.
What do you think life will be like in 2030—when you are 23?
Our students will be creating projects around the year 2030 and display what their lives will be like at age 23. We want them to see into the bright future.