ABC Millennium Coverage (2000) Part 11


SOMEBODY HAD WRITTEN ONCE THAT TIMES SQUARE WAS AT ONCE, EXOTIC EROTIC, CHAOTIC, SOMETIMES IDIOTIC, BUT NEVER DULL. IT WAS, INDEED, A NIGHT TO REMEMBER.>>Jennings: THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I TURNED AROUND A ALL THE TIME HAD GONE. THERE WERE SO MANY PEOPLE HERE TO NIGHT IN SO MANY DIFFERENT SIDE STREETS, I SUSPECT THEY’RE STILL MAKING THEIR WAY HOME. FOUR YOUNG MEN ARE RIGHT DOWN BELOW ME. LET’S HEAR FROM THEM. WE ORIGINALLY MET THEM IN PENNSYLVANIA STATION AND THEY CALL THEMSELVES “SPANK.”>>HELLO, NEW YORK CITY. HELLO TO THE WORLD. SPANK WOULD LIKE TO WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND A HAPPY 2000. ♪♪ ♪ IT’S NEW YORK, HELLO, IT’S NEW YORK ♪ ♪ SAY WHAT? ♪ ♪ IT’S NEW YORK, HELLO, IT’S NEW YORK ♪ ♪ NO, I CAN’T FAKE IT ♪ ♪ NO, I CAN’T FAKE IT ♪ ♪ I GOT TO BE REAL ♪ ♪ SOME PEOPLE NEED POSITIVE ACTION ♪ ♪ SOME PEOPLE NEED SATISFACTION ♪ ♪ SOME PEOPLE NEED STIMULATION ♪ ♪ SOME PEOPLE NEED ORGANIZATION ♪ ♪ NO, I CAN’T FAKE IT ♪ ♪ THAT’S THE DAY, YOU SAY ♪ ♪ NO, I CAN’T FAKE IT ♪ ♪ I GOT TO BE REAL ♪ ♪ IT’S NEW YORK ♪ ♪ HELLO, IT’S NEW YORK ♪ ♪ HELLO, IT’S NEW YORK ♪ ♪ HELLO, CAN’T FAKE IT ♪ ♪ WHEN THE NIGHT ♪ ♪ HAS COME ♪ ♪ AND THE LAND IS DARK ♪ ♪ AND THE MOON IS THE ONLY LIGHT YOU SEE ♪ ♪ OH, I WON’T BE AFRAID ♪ ♪ NO, I WON’T BE AFRAID ♪ ♪ JUST AS LONG AS YOU STAND, STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ DARLING, DARLING, DARLING ♪ ♪ STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ OH, STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ YES, STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ WHEN THE SKY, OH, YEAH, SOME TUMBLE AND FALL ♪ ♪ AND THE MOUNTAINS SHOULD CRUMBLE TO THE SEA ♪ ♪ I DON’T CRY ♪ ♪ I WON’T SHED A TEAR ♪ ♪ JUST AS LONG AS YOU STAND BY■ ME ♪ ♪ AND DARLING, DARLING, STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ YEAH, STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ STAND BY ME ♪ ♪ OH, YEAH, SOME TUMBLE AND FALL ♪ ♪ AND THE MOUNTAIN SHOULD TUMBLE TO THE SEA ♪ ♪ YEAH, YEAH ♪ ♪ I WON’T CRY ♪ ♪ I WON’T CRY ♪ ♪ I WON’T SHED A TEAR ♪ ♪ AS LONG AS YOU WHAT’S THE STRENGTH
OF A DOLLAR? MONEY IS ECONOMIC ENERGY. WHEN DISTRIBUTED, IT HAS THE POWER TO FUEL
ALL MANNER OF ENTERPRISE. SINCE 1855, DOLLAR BANK HAS
INVESTED BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN MILLIONS OF LIVES AND THOUSANDS OF BUSINESSES
IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA– CREATING A CURRENCY OF GROWTH
AND OPPORTUNITY. THAT’S THE STRENGTH
OF A DOLLAR. ARE WE GOING SOMEPLACE NEW? THE FUTURE REPRESENTS
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR US, OUR CUSTOMERS, AND OUR REGION. WE’RE HEADED
IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE’RE THE PORT AUTHORITY, AND TOGETHER WITH YOU,
WE’RE MOVING FORWARD. CAN WE COME WITH YOU?>>Jennings: OUR NEXT MIDNIGHT IS IN MOUNTAIN TIME. WE’LL BE GOING BACK TO BARRY SERAFIN. SO MANY TRIBES COMING TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE THEIR HISTORY AND TO LOOK AHEAD AND TRY TO INCULLATE THEIR CHILDREN WITH A SENSE OF HISTORY. THERE IS THE CITY WHO NEVER HAD A FUTURE AND ALWAYS HAD A FUTURE THAT’S LAS VEGAS.>>WELCOME BACK TO THE STRIP. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, POLICE SAY THIS IS ONE OF THE QUIETEST FRIDAY NIGHTS THEY’VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME. THE POLICE CLOSED THE STRIP AT ABOUT 9:00, ALMOST THREE HOURS LATER THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED. THAT’S ONE MEASURE THAT THIS NEW YEAR’S ISN’T LIVING UP TO THE ORIGINAL EPIC EXPECTATIONS. ABOUT 150,000 PEOPLE ARE ESTIMATED HERE ON THE STRIP NOW. 500,000 WERE EXPECTED AT ONE TIME. THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY IS DOWN ABOUT 85%, ONLY UP TO 85%. NOW, I GUESS I AS ONLY 18, WHEN PAUL ANKA WAS ONLY 18, WAS THE FIRST TIME HE PLAYED LAS VEGAS. HE WAS THE ULTIMATE TEEN IDOL. HE HAD HITS “DIANA,” AND “PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER.” HERE IS AN AVERAGE DAY IN THE LIFE OF PAUL ANKA IN 1961. WATCH THIS. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ PEOPLE SAY LOVE’S A GAME ♪ ♪ A GAME YOU JUST CAN’T WIN ♪ ♪ PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER ♪ ♪ WHISPER IN MY EAR ♪ ♪ OOH, BABY ♪ ♪ WORDS I WANT TO HEAR ♪ ♪ BABY ♪ ♪ PUT YOUR HEAD ON MY SHOULDER ♪>>PAUL ANKA IS WITH ME NOW. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.>>HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU, CONNIE.>>HOW DID YOU MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM TEEN IDOL TO SONGWRITER AND YOU LASTED LONG AFTER YOUR CONTEMPORARIES FADED.>>I THINK ONE IMPORTANT ITEM WAS THAT I WAS A WRITER. EVERY TIME THERE WAS A NEW TREN, I WAS ABLE TO WRITE AROUND IT. IF I WASN’T READY FOR MYSELF, I WAS DOING “THE LONGEST DAY,” OR “MY WAY.” THE WRITING ASPECT KEPT ME AWAY FROM THE PACK.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T KNOW THAT YOU WROTE “MY WAY” FOR FRANK SINATRA.>>THAT’S RIGHT. I BROUGHT IT TO HIM ABOUT 100 YARDS FROM HERE. CAESAR’S PALACE. I WROTE IT IN NEW YORK ON A RAINY NIGHT. IT WAS JUST FOR HIM. I SPENT SOMETIME WITH HIM IN MIAMI WHERE I WAS WORKING AND I PLAYED IT TO HIM OVER THE PHONE. I MADE A DEMO AND BROUGHT IT OUT TO HIM. MY PRODUCER WAS ALSO HIS PRODUCER. I PLAYED IT FOR HIM. TWO MONTHS LATER, HE CALLED ME. HE SAID, I WANT YOU TO HEAR THIS. HE PUT THE PHONE UP TO THE SPEAKER AND I HEARD IT FOR THE FIRST TIME. I STARTED CRYING! I HAD FIVE KIDS TO PUT THROUGH SCHOOL.>>YOU KNOW, THERE ARE SO MANY OF US WHO HAVE BEEN SINATRA FANS FOR SO LONG, BUT YOU WERE REALLY A KID AND YOU WERE TAGGING ALONG WITH THE RAT PACK, WEREN’T YOU?>>THAT’S RIGHT. I STARTED IN LAS VEGAS IN ’58. I OPENED FOR SOPHIE TUCKER. THEN I WENT TO THE SANDS HOTEL WITH SINATRA WAS. I HANG OUT WITH HIM AND SAMMY AND I WORKED THE HOTEL AND I HUNG AROUND WITH THEM IN THE STEAM ROOM AND ALL THE FUN SPOTS AND LEARNED A LOT OF BAD HABITS AND A LOT OF GOOD HABITS.>>YOU PROBABLY WEREN’T EVEN OLD ENOUGH TO GAMBLE.>>THE FIRST TIME I WAS THERE, I WAS IN THE ALLOWED IN THE CASINO. THEY WOULD TAKE ME IN THE BACK WAY.>>YOU KNEW ELVIS AS WELL?>>YES, HE STARTED HERE AT THE HILTON RIGHT AROUND THE END OF HIS CAREER. HE WOULD COME OVER TO CAESAR’S AND WATCH ME WORK. HE WOULD SIT IN THE BACK FOR SOME REASON. WE’D COME BACKSTAGE AND GO, PAULIE, I LOVE THAT SONG, “MY WAY.” I SAY, ELVIS, IT’S NOT YOUR KIND OF SONG. HE SAID, IT MEANS SO MUCH TO ME. NEAR THE EN, HE RECORDED “MY WAY” AS ONE OF THE LAST RECORDS.>>HE WAS AN ECCENTRIC GUY, WASN’T HE?>>HE GOT A LITTLE CRAZY THERE. I WOULD VISIT HIM IN HIS HOTEL ROOM AND HE HAD SHOT THE WALL UP WITH A PISTOL AND SHOT OUT THE TELEVISION SET.>>HE DIDN’T LIKE ROBERT GOULET?>>HE HAD A THING ABOUT ROBERT AT THAT TIME. HE SHOT THE TV SET. I KIND OF LISTENED. MEANWHILE, HE HAD ALL THE WINDOWS TAPED UP. HE DIDN’T WANT THE SUNSHINE IN HIS ROOM. HE NEVER SAW THE DAYLIGHT.>>WE HAVE TO THROW IT BACK TO OUR ANCHORMAN. YOU KNOW HIM WELL, PETER JENNINGS IS FROM CANADA AS WELL.>>HE’S A FELLOW CANADIAN. WE WERE BORN A FEW MILES FROM EACH OTHER. I HOPE’S PROUD OF EACH OTHER. HE’S A GOOD GUY.>>HE’S DONE A GREAT JOB. PETER, I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU’RE STILL AWAKE.>>PLEASE TELL PAUL HE’S ONE OF THE MOST ENDEARING PERFORMERS I KNOW. I THINK I LEARNED TO DRINK IN HIS DAD’S RESTAURANT.>>HE SAID HE LEARNED TO DRINK IN YOUR RESTAURANT.>>MY FATHER’S RESTAURANT.>>THAT’S WHAT YOU SAID, I’M SORRY. THE CROWD IS GETTING LOUD.>>THANKS VERY MUCH. IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU. HE REALLY IS ONE OF THE MOST ENDEARING PERFORMERS. HE WAS A WRITER ALL THESE MANY YEARS. I WANT TO TALK MORE WITH CONNIE CHUNG. BEFORE YOU WENT DOWN THE LAS VEGAS — ARE YOU STILL THERE?>>YEAH.>>Jennings: I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT THE CONVERSATION WE HAD WHEN BOTH OF US WERE REALIZING HOW MUCH LAS VEGAS REPRESENTED IN TERMS OF THE UNITED STATES. IT WAS GAMBLING AND DIVORCE AND THE HOOVER DAM WHICH MEANT SO MUCH TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PLACE. WE BOTH THOUGHT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A HUGE CROWD DOWN THERE TONIGHT. I WONDER WHY NOT?>>YOUR LAST PART –>>Jennings: WE BOTH THOUGHT THERE WAS GOING TO BE A HUGE CROWD TONIGHT. YOU POINTED OUT THERE ISN’T. I WONDER WHY NOT?>>YOU KNOW, I THINK THAT EVERYTHING WAS OVERBLOWN. THE HOTELS HAD MARKETED THESE ROOMS THAT WERE GOING TO COST $4,000. THE TICKETS WERE TO BARBRA STREISAND’S PERFORMANCE TONIGHT, $2500. AND I THINK PEOPLE WERE JUST NOT GOING TO PAY THAT KIND OF MONEY. WEDDINGS WHICH OCCUR HERE EVERY NEW YEAR’S EVE, IT’S THE SECOND MOST POPULAR NIGHT FOR A WEDDING. VALENTINE’S DAY BEING THE FIRST. MANY OF THE CHAPELS CLOSED DOWN. THE ONLY ONE THAT DID WELL TONIGHT WAS THE ELVIS CHAPEL. 30 COUPLES GETTING MARRIED AT MIDNIGHT WITH ELVIS OFFICIATING. THIS CROWD HAS BEEN VERY, VERY CIVILIZED. WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANY TROUBLE. THE POLICE SAID THAT EVERYTHING IS IN ORDER. THEY WERE READY WITH RIOT GEAR, WITH GAS MASKS. WE’LL BE TALKING TO THE MAYOR LATER. HE’S QUITE A COLORFUL CHARACTER HIMSELF. HE HAD SPENT A LOT OF TIME AS A SUCCESSFUL LAWYER FOR ALLEGED MOBSTERS. HE’S A VERY FUNNY MAN. YOU’LL ENJOY TALKING TO HIM.>>Jennings: CONNIE, THANKS VERY MUCH. AGAIN, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT EMERGED OUT OF OUR CONVERSATION, THANKS VERY MUCH, CONNIE. THE LAS VEGAS IS THE LARGEST AMERICAN CITY FOUNDED IN THIS CENTURY AND IT IS, I THINK, IN THE LAST 12 OR 13 YEARS, I’VE FORGOTTEN, THE FASTEST-GROWING CITY IN THE UNITED STATES. WE’LL BE BACK IN A MOMENT. HOW DO YOU ENHANCE A V8 ENGINE
THAT PRODUCES 245 HORSEPOWER? A CHASSIS THAT CAN HAUL
UP TO 2,000 POUNDS? OR BRAKES THAT HAVE
4-PISTON CALIPERS? SIMPLE.
ADD ABOUT 6 POUNDS OF STEEL. TOYOTA TUNDRA.
MOTOR TREND TRUCK OF THE YEAR AND 4-WHEEL & OFF-ROAD
MAGAZINE’S 4X4 OF THE YEAR.>>Jennings: THAT’S LAS VEGAS, THE CELEBRATION IS YET TO COME. IN MOUNTAIN TIME AND OF COURSE, IN SAN FRANCISCO, WE’LL BE GOING OUT TO SAN FRANCISCO WHERE THE EMPHASIS HAS BEEN INTERESTING FOR THIS PARTICULAR CENTURY. THE CITY INFLUENCE IN UNION SQUARE, THERE IS GOING TO BE MUCH MORE ON SPIRITUALITY THAN UNDER ANY OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES ON A NEW YEAR’S EVE. ON OUR WAY OUT THERE, LET’S STOP IN NASHVILLE AND LISTEN ONCE AGAIN TO FAITH HILL. ♪ I CAN FEEL THE MAGIC FLOATING IN THE AIR ♪ ♪ BEING WITH YOU GETS ME THAT WAY ♪ ♪ I WATCH THE SUNLIGHT DANCE ACROSS YOUR FACE ♪ ♪ AND I’VE NEVER BEEN THIS SWEPT AWAY ♪ ♪ ALL MY THOUGHTS JUST SEEM TO SETTLE ON THE BREEZE ♪ ♪ WHEN I’M LYING WRAPPED UP IN YOUR ARMS ♪ ♪ THE WHOLE WORLD JUST FADES AWAY ♪ ♪ THE ONLY THING I HEAR IS THE BEATING OF YOUR HEART ♪ ♪ AND I CAN FEEL YOU BREATHE IT’S WASHING OVER ME ♪ ♪ AND SUDDENLY I’M MELTING INTO YOU ♪ ♪ THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE BABY ALL WE NEED IS JUST TO BE ♪ ♪ CAUGHT UP IN THE TOUCH SLOW AND STEADY RUSH ♪ ♪ BABY ISN’T THAT THE WAY THAT LOVE’S SUPPOSED TO BE ♪ ♪ I CAN FEEL YOU BREATHE JUST BREATHE ♪ ♪♪ ♪ IN A WAY I KNOW MY HEART IS WAKING UP ♪ ♪ AS ALL THE WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN ♪ ♪ CLOSER THAN I’VE EVER FELT BEFORE ♪ ♪ AND I KNOW AND YOU KNOW ♪ ♪ THERE’S NO NEED FOR WORDS RIGHT NOW ♪ ♪ CAUSE I CAN FEEL YOU BREATHE WASHING OVER ME SUDDENLY I’M MELTING INTO YOU ♪ ♪ THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO PROVE BABY ALL WE NEED IS JUST TO BE ♪ ♪ CAUGHT UP IN THE TOUCH THE SLOW AND STEADY RUSH ♪ ♪ BABY ISN’T THAT THE WAY THAT LOVE’S SUPPOSED TO BE ♪ ♪ I CAN FEEL YOU BREATHE JUST BREATHE ♪ ♪ CAUGHT UP IN THE TOUCH THE SLOW AND STEADY RUSH ♪ ♪ BABY ISN’T THAT THE WAY THAT LOVE’S SUPPOSED TO BE ♪ ♪ I CAN FEEL YOU BREATHE JUST BREATHE ♪ ♪ I CAN FEEL THE MAGIC FLOATING IN THE AIR ♪ ♪ BEING WITH YOU GETS ME THAT WAY ♪♪ [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jennings: UNACCUSTOMED AS I AM TO THIS CLOSE ASSOCIATION WITH PEOPLE IN THE ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS, FAITH HILL IS NEW COUNTRY. BUT IT WAS INTERESTING TO SEE THAT SHE ESTABLISHED A FAMILY LITERACY FOUNDATION IN HONOR OF HER ILLITERATE FATHER. AS EVERY ONE OF HER CONCERTS, SHE URGES FANS TO DONATE BOOKS IN THIS OR ANY OTHER COUNTRY, ILLITERACY IS ONE OF THE GREAT CURSES THAT BEFALLS PEOPLE AND LOTS OF FAMOUS PEOPLE, NOT LEAST OF WHOM MRS. GEORGE BUSH, HAVE LED LITERACY CAMPAIGNS AROUND THE COUNTRY FOR ALMOST A DECADE OR MORE NOW. IT’S NICE TO SEE THAT FAITH HILL DOES THE SAME THING. CAN WE GO STRAIGHT TO SAN FRANCISCO? GOOD. TO UNION SQUARE IN SAN FRANCISCO WHERE JUDY MULLER IS STANDING BY AND WHERE SHE TOLD ME EARLIER, SO IT’S YOUR LINE I’M ABOUT TO STEAL, THAT SPIRITALITY HAS WON OUT OVER SPIRITS.>>THAT’S RIGHT. HERE IN CALIFORNIA WHERE RELIGION AND REVELRY ARE NOT MEOWUALLY EXCLUSIVE CONCEPTS, THE FAITHFUL HAVE BEEN MIXING IT UP HERE IN UNION SQUARE. BEHIND ME, CECIL PPLS OF THE GLIDE MEMORIAL CHURCH HAS BEEN PREACHING AND THE GLIDE MEMORIAL ENSEMBLE ACCOMPANYING HIM AND THE CROWD IS GETTING WORKED UP. IT’S BEEN QUITE AN INTERESTING EVENING BECAUSE THE CROWD MARCHED HERE FROM THE CHURCH. BEFORE THAT, IT WAS RELATIVELY EMPTY. I THOUGHT PERHAPS NOBODY IS GOING TO SHOW UP. ALL OF A SUDDEN, THEY POURED IN.>>Jennings: THERE IS A STORY HOW SPIRITALITY WON OVER SPIRITS AT LEAST IN UNION SQUARE.>>ORIGINALLY, THE ST. FRANCIS HOTEL, RIGHT BEHIND ME, HAD PLANNED TO PUT A HUGE MARTINI GLASS, NEON MARTINI GLASS ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING. AT MIDNIGHT, A GIANT OLIVE WAS GOING TO SLIDE INTO THIS GIANT MARTINI GLASS. THE FAITHFUL DIDN’T THINK THAT WAS COMPATIBLE WITH THE SPIRITUAL MESSAGE AND THEY FOUGHT THE MARTINI GLASS. THEY WENT TO THE MAYOR AND SAID, NO BIG OLIVE.>>Jennings: WILLIE BROWN, THE MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO, HAS RECENTLY BEEN RE-ELECTED ONE MORE TIME, WHICH IS NO SURPRISE TO ANY PART OF THE COUNTRY. SURELY, SPIRITUALITY IS NOT THE ONLY THEME OF THE EVENING IN SAN FRANCISCO?>>WELL, THERE ARE LOTS OF THEMES HERE. IF YOU LOOK AROUND, THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLY BOUNTIFUL YEAR FOR THE BAY AREA. SILICON VALLEY, EVERY MAJOR ADVANCE IN TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN TAKING PLACE. A LOT OF FORTUNES AS WELL. THAT HAS IMPTED THIS AREA. A LOT OF LIFE COMING IN. A LOT OF NEW JOBS. ALSO, A LOT OF PROBLEMS. MORE TRAFFIC, MORE PEOPLE, HIGHER RENTS. EVERY GOLD RUSH HAS ITS DOWN SIDE.>>Jennings: YOU COVER CALIFORNIA FOR US, THE CHANGING FACE OF CALIFORNIA IS ONE OF THE GREAT MARKS OF THE END OF THE CENTURY AND THE ADVENT OF THE NEW ONE.>>THAT’S RIGHT. ONE OF THE THEMES IS DIVERSITY. CALIFORNIA IN THE LAST DECADE OR SO HAS SEEN AN INCREDIBLE CHANGE SOMEWHERE IN THE ’80s, WHITES NO LONGER WERE A MAJORITY IN CALIFORNIA. A LOT OF AINGSS, A LOT OF LATINOS MOVING INTO CALIFORNIA AND BECOMING POWERFUL BLOATING BLOCS POLITICALLY. THERE HAS BEEN A LOT OF RELISTTANCE TO THAT AS WELL. WE’VE SEEN ANTI-IMMIGRATION, ANTILINGUAL. IT’S REFLECTING THE STRAINS ON THE POPULATION.>>Jennings: IT SEEMS SURPRISINGLY CALM BEHIND YOU, THOUGH.>>IT HAS BEEN CALM. I WAS LISTENING TO CONNIE SAY LAS VEGAS DIDN’T SEE THE KIND OF CROWDS THEY WERE EXPECTING. THAT’S TRUE HERE AS WELL. THEY WERE EXPECTING 15,000 PEOPLE HERE IN THE SQUARE AND I WOULD GUESS IT’S MAYBE A FEW THOUSAND. PERHAPS PEOPLE WERE A LITTLE FEARFUL. LAST YEAR IN UNION SQUARE, THEY HAD A LOT OF TROUBLE. IT WAS NOT A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE AT ALL. WINDOWS WERE BROKEN. SOME OF THE STORES HERE HAVE BOARDED UP THEIR WINDOWS AS THOUGH THEY WERE EXPECTING THE SAME THING.>>Jennings: IT SEEMS SO INCONSISTENT WITH THE MOOD WE’VE FOUND ELSEWHERE. WE’LL COME BACK AND CELEBRATE YOUR MIDNIGHT WITH YOU. OUR COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE IN JUST A MOMENT. ITS POWER CREATES
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PRIVATELY? SURE. EXCUSE ME. I’M SORRY TO HAVE TO
TELL YOU THIS… ( room quiets ) BUT, YOUR CREDIT CARD,
MR. HILL… WHO RESIDES AT
2965 PINE STREET… HUSBAND TO CAROL… FATHER TO JIM AND DIANE… MR. HILL, WHO HAD AN ITCHY RASH
ALL OF LAST SUMMER… AND DOESN’T HANG UP
THE BATHROOM TOWELS… YOUR CREDIT CARD,
MR. HILL… HAS BEEN DECLINED. WHAT IF A CREDIT CARD COMPANY COULD SEND YOU
AN EMAIL REMINDER BEFORE YOU REACHED
YOUR CREDIT LIMIT? DISCOVER CARD CAN DO JUST THAT. THANKS. Hmmm… A FRIENDLY CREDIT
LIMIT REMINDER. THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING MORE
TO DISCOVER.>>Jennings: IF MY E-MAIL IS ANY EXAMPLE TODAY, WE’VE ALL LEARNED SOMETHING TO GATHER WITH US A LITTLE WAY. I THINK — I NEVER KNEW UNTIL BARRY SERAFIN WENT OUT TO THUNDER IN THE DESERT THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT RECOGNIZES 557 INDIAN TRIBES IN THE COUNTRY, A GREAT MANY OF WHICH ARE IN ALASKA. MANY OF THOSE TRIBES HAVE GATHERED IN TUCSON, OUT IN THE MIDWEST — SORRY, OUT IN THE WEST TODAY TO CELEBRATE THUNDER IN THE DESERT AND BARRY SERAFIN IS THERE STILL THERE. BARRY?>>PETER, YOU’RE LOOKING AT THE CELEBRATION THAT’S LEADING THE WAY UP TO MIDNIGHT HERE. THIS IS A TRADITIONAL ROUND DANCE, AND EVERYBODY IS INVITED IN, NATIVE AND NONNATIVE. THIS IS A DANCE WHICH IS MEANT TO SIGNIFY UNITY AND HAPPINESS AND HEALING AND SETTING ASIDE BAD TNGS. IT’S A DANCE THAT TRADITIONALLY HAPPENS ABOUT THIS TIME OF THE YEAR EVERY YEAR. BUT THIS, AS YOU CAN SEE, IS QUITE AN EVENT. LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE MOVING AROUND ON THIS BIG CIRCLE OUT HERE, NATIVE AND NONNATIVE. THIS EVENT IS NOT JUST FOR NATIVE AMERICANS. EVERYBODY IS INVITED. AND EVERYBODY IS GOING TO BE DOING THIS RIGHT UP THROUGH MIDNIGHT, WHICH IS RAPID ILY COMING UP HERE IN TUCSON.>>Jennings: BARRY, HOW FAR ARE YOU FROM THE CIRCLE?>>WELL, I’M ABOUT 15 FEET AWAY, PETER.>>Jennings: WELL, YOU’RE A MAN OF THE WEST. ARE YOU ON A WIRELESS MICROPHONE? Y DON’T YOU GO AND JOIN US AND TALK US THROUGH.>>WELL, I’VE ACTUALLY BEEN INVITED TO –>>Jennings: OH, GO ON.>>– JOIN IN THIS DANCE, AND I MAY DO IT ONCE I’M OFF CAMERA.>>Jennings: I WON’T FORCE YOU TO DO IT. HAS IT BEEN A SUCCESSFUL GATHERING, YOU THINK, OF NATIVE AMERICANS?>>PETER, I THINK IT REALLY HAS BEEN. IT STARTED OFF KIND OF SLOWLY TODAY. ONE THING WE DID NOT TALK ABOUT EARLIER IS ALTHOUGH THIS IS A NEW YEAR’S EVENT, IT’S ALSO A TEN-DAY EVENT. SO THIS IS DAY ONE OF TEN DAYS. AND I THINK IT’S JUST GOING TO PICK UP STEAM, AND IT COVERS NINE ACRES HERE. THERE’S AN ENCAMPMENT OF ABOUT 20 TEPEES. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF BOOTHS AND TABLES WHERE VARIOUS CRAFTS ARE ON DISPLAY. JEWELRY, WEAVING, POTTERY, PAINTING, ONE OF THE INTERESTING THINGS, PETER TO ME HAS BEEN AT THE OTHER END OF THIS RATHER SMALL PARK, IT’S ABOUT A NINE-ACRE PARK, THERE’S BEEN A CONCERT GOING ON WITH CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, NATIVE AMERICANS PROVIDING THE MUSIC, BUT IT’S ALL KIND OF CONTEMPORARY, THE KIND OF MUSIC YOU’VE BEEN HEARING FROM OTHER PLACES TONIGHT. AND ALL DAY LONG, AND ALL EVENING LONG, THE AUDIENCE AT THAT END OF THE PARK HAS BEEN QUITE SMALL, AND THE AUDIENCE HERE FOR THE TRADITIONAL DANCES AND MUSIC HAS JUST BEEN BUILDING AND BUILDING. SO I THINK THAT AMONG NATIVE AMERICAN, THERE’S STILL A GREAT DEAL OF FEELING FOR THEIR TRADITION AND THEIR CULTURE.>>Jennings: AND BARRY, WE’RE NOT GOING TO KEEP YOU FROM IT. AND WHILE I DON’T WANT TO SAY FOR A SECOND THAT WE HAVEN’T ENJOYED EVERY GLITZY MOMENT EVERYWHERE WE’VE BEEN IN THE MOMENT TODAY, PARIS PARTICULARLY, LONDON WAS FANTASTIC, BUT THERE IS A WONDERFUL, WONDERFUL SIMPLICITY ABOUT SEEING THIS IN TUCSON, ARIZONA, TONIGHT. WHICH REMINDS US, AS I THINK PEOPLE AT HOME ARE PROBABLY REMINDED, A LOT OF PEOPLE WANTED TO BE TOGETHER ON THIS PARTICULAR NEW YEAR’S EVE AND WANTED TO SHARE A MORE INTIMATE EXPERIENCE. AND I DON’T THINK WE HAVE SEEN ONE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD TODAY THAT HAS BEEN MORE INTIMATE AND SIMPLER THAN THIS ONE. THANKS, BARRY SERAFIN IN TUCSON, ARIZONA. PLEASE JOIN THE ROUND DANCE. NOW, LET US GO TO COLORADO. HE WAS BORN IN BROOKLYN. HE SINGS THE MILLENNIUM IN. IN DENVER, COLORADO, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, NEIL DIAMOND. ♪ THEY NEVER WOULD OH, NO, NO ♪>>HOW WE DOING, GANG? [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>YEAH, YEAH, JOIN IN WITH US AS WE DO IT TOGETHER. OUR LAST CHORUS. ♪ SWEET CAROLINE GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEM SO GOOD ♪ ♪ SO GOOD SO GOOD SO GOOD ♪ ♪ I FEEL INCLINED TO BELIEVE THEY NEVER WOULD ♪ ♪ SWEET CAROLINE ♪♪ [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ■ [ APPLAUSE ]>>ALL RIGHT. WELCOME, AMERICA, TO DENVER, COLORADO! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] YES, SIR. WE ARE HAPPY TO BE HERE TONIGHT TO WELCOME THE REST OF THIS COUNTRY TO THE MILE HIGH CITY. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] THE FOOTHILLS OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. WE’D LIKE TO DO A SONG NOW THAT TOUCHES ALL. WE’RE GONNA ASK YOU TO COUNT DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS SONGS TO OUR NEW MILLENNIUM. [ APPLAUSE ] THIS IS THE STORY OF FREEDOM AND THE YEARNING AND THE HUNGER AND THE PASSION AND THE DREAM THAT HAS TAKEN SO MANY OF US HERE TO THIS COUNTRY TO THIS PLAC TO THIS WORLD CALLED “AMERICA”! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ FAR, WE’VE BEEN TRAVELING FAR WITHOUT A HOME ♪ ♪ BUT NOT WITHOUT A STAR ♪ ♪ FREE00 ONLY WANT TO BE FREE WE HUDDLE CLOSE ON TO THAT DREAM ♪ ♪ ALL THE BOATS AND THE PLANES THEY COME INTO AMERICA ♪ ♪ NEVER LOOKING BACK AGAIN ♪ ♪ THEY COME INTO AMERICA ♪ ♪ OH, HOME SMS SO FAR AWAY ON A TRAVELING LIGHT TODAY ♪ ♪ IN THE EYEF THE STORM IN THE EYE OF THE STORM ♪ ♪ HOME? TO A NEW AND SHINY PLACE FREEDOM’S LIGHT BURNING WARM FREEDOM’S LIGHT BURNING WARM ♪ ♪ DREAMS DREAMS EVERYWHERE AROUND THE WORLD ♪ ♪ THEY COME INTO AMERICA EVERY TIME FLAGS UNFUL ♪ ♪ THEY COME INTO AMERICA ♪ GOT A DREAM TO TAKE A FLAIR THEY COME INTO AMERICA ♪ ♪ GOT A DREAM THEY COME TO SHARE THEY COME INTO AMERICA ♪ ♪ THEY COME INTO AMERICA THEY COME INTO AMERICA ♪ ♪ THEY COME INTO AMERICA THEY COME INTO AMERICA TODAY, YES ♪ ♪ TODAY, YES TODAY, YES ♪ ♪ TODAY, YES ♪>>10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 2, 1! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪ TODAY ♪ ♪ TODAY ♪ ♪ TODAY ♪ ♪ YEAH! ♪♪ [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jennings: MIDNIGHT IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYBODY IN THE ROCKIES. NEIL DIAMOND SPEAKING IN THE HEART OF DENVER AND CARRYING US INTO YET ANOTHER MIDNIGHT. CALIFORNIA IS YET TO COME. WE’LL BE BACK IN JUST A MINUTE. ? EVERY REGION HAS A
FINANCIAL FOUNDATION… ON WHICH CAREERS AND
ASPIRATIONS ARE BUILT. SINCE 1855, DOLLAR BANK HAS INVESTED
BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN MILLIONS OF LIVES AND
THOUSANDS OF BUSINESSES IN WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA. AND BY REMAINING INDEPENDENT,
WE’LL CONTINUE… FOR MANY LIVES AND
BUSINESSES TO COME. THAT’S THE VALUE OF A DOLLAR.>>Jennings: I’D LIKE, IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT BEFORE, TO TAKE A BRIEF VISIT TO OUR CONTROL ROOM, BECAUSE OUR CONTROL ROOM AND OUR DIRECTOR ROGER GOODMAN AND OUR STAFF AND PRODUCERS HAVE TAKEN US THROUGH 34 OF THE 39 TIME ZONES IN THE WORLD SO FAR TODAY AND EVERY ONE OF THOSE MONITORS — ABSOLUTELY WELL DONE. EVERY ONE OF THOSE MONITORS REPRESENT SOMEPLACE WE HAVE VISITED OR YET TO VISIT TODAY. WE BEGAN IN THE PACIFIC, DON’T ASK ME HOW MANY HOURS AGO, BUT QUITE A GOOD HOURS. AND WE’RE COMING UP TO THE EDGE OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN FROM THE UNITED STATES AT THIS HOUR. AND THROUGHOUT THIS JOURNEY TODAY, WE HAVE SEEN AND TRIED TO GET VERY CLOSE TO PEOPLE’S HEARTS. AND HERE IS SOMETHING ELSE THAT WE’VE MANAGED TO GET PUT TOGETHER. THIS IS CALLED THE GLOBAL HEARTBEAT PROJECT. ANTHIS IS PERHAPS WHY THEY INVENTED THE WORD CACAPHONY. ♪ EVERY 1,000 YEARS THERE’S A NIGHT LIKE THIS ♪ ♪ EVERY ONCE IN 1,000 YEARS THERE’S A MOMENT ♪ ♪ AS THE RHYTHM STIRS THE SENSES LOOK BACK ON ALL IT’S BEEN ♪ ♪ OPEN YOUR EYES AND REALIZE ♪ ♪ THERE’S A NEW DAY ABOUT TO BEGIN ♪ ♪ THERE’S A TEMPLE OF A LIFETIME THAT EVERYBODY HEARS A RHYTHM YOU’RE WAITING FOR ♪ ♪ 1,000 YEARS ♪ ♪ TONIGHT AND FOREVER THERE’S ANOTHER CHANCE ♪ ♪ FOR THE WORLD TO COME TOGETHER FOR ANOTHER DAY ♪ ♪ ANOTHER DAY ANOTHER CHANCE TO DO IT RIGHT ♪ ♪ ANOTHER CHANCE IT’S NEVER TOO LATE ♪ ♪ TO CELEBRATE CELEBRATE ♪ ♪ CELEBRATE CELEBRATE THE RHYTHM OF THE WORLD ♪ ♪ COME ON LET’S CELEBRATE THE RHYTHM 1,000 YEARS ♪ ♪ CELEBRATE CELEBRATE ♪ ♪ CELEBRATE ♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ CELEBRATE CELEBRATE ♪ ♪ COME ON AND CELEBRATE THE RHYTHM OF 1,000 YEARS ♪ ♪ CELEBRATE CELEBRATE ♪ ♪ CELEBRATE CELEBRATE ♪ ♪ CELEBRATE CELEBRATE THE RHYTHM OF THE WORLD ♪ ♪ COME ON AND SELL CELEBRATE THE RHYTHM OF 1,000 YEARS ♪ ♪ CELEBRATE CELEBRATE ♪ ♪ CELEBRATE ♪♪ [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jennings: I WANT TO APOLOGIZE TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO ARE PERCUSSIONISTS. CACAPHONY IS NOT AT ALL THE RIGHT DESCRIPTION FOR WHAT HAPPENED THERE. THAT IS A NUMBER CALLED THE GLOBAL HEARTBEAT PROJECT. APOLOGIES TO JOHN SECADA, TOO. WE’VE MENTION ADD COUPLE OF TIMES TODAY, YOU’VE SEEN IT FOR YOURSELVES THAT HISTORY EITHER OF THE MOMENT OR ANY PARTICULAR PERIOD IS MADE UP BEST OF STORIES. AND ONE OF THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE TODAY IS TO PUT TOGETHER A GROUP OF SENT NARIANS WHO HAVE GATHERED TOGETHER TO TELL US WHAT HISTORY WAS LIKE FROM THEIR PERSPECTIVE. SO HERE’S A FEW MINUTES OF THEM AS WELL.>>I REMEMBER WE DIDN’T HAVE MAIL DELIVERY. AND A MAN NORTH OF US WOULD RIDE ABOUT SIX MILES TO THE POST OFFICE AND HE WOULD DISTRIBUTE THE MAIL AS HE CAME HOME. I REMEMBER THE FIRST MAIL CARRIER CAME HOME, WAS RIDING A HORSE, A BEAUTIFUL HORSE. AND HE CARRIED THAT — HAD THAT HORSE AS LONG AS HE WORKED. HE CARRIED THE MAIL HORSEBACK. FINALLY, HE CAME THROUGH WITH A BUGGY.>>I REMEMBER OUR FIRST TELEPHONE, AND MY FATHER WAS AWAY. AND HE CALLED. AND THEY ASKED ME TO COME TO THE TELEPHONE. AND I COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. I RAN — I PUT THE RECEIVER DOWN AND I RAN ALL THE WAY — ALL AROUND THE HOUSE LOOKING FOR HIM. BECAUSE I KNEW HE WAS THERE. YOU COULD HEAR HIS VOICE. AND I REMEMBER THAT VERY WELL.>>FIRST, WHEN I HEARD ABOUT WAS TEDDY ROOSEVELT AND HIS ROUGH RIDERS GOING UP — WHAT DO YOU CALL IT HILL IN PUERTO RICO. I DON’T KNOW. I’M NOT TOO SURE HE EVER WENT UP THAT HILL. HE WAS A GREAT GUY FOR PUBLICITY. HE REALLY WAS A GENIUS FOR ANYTHING THAT WOULD PUT HIS NAME IN THE PAPER, HE WAS FOR. ♪♪>>I THINK SEEING THE FIRST AUTOMOBILE WAS MORE EXCITING TO ME THAN THE FIRST AIRPLANE. IT LOOKED LIKE THE OLD-FASHIONED SURRIES THAT THE HORSES USED TO PULL. TWO SEATS IN THE FRONT AND TWO IN THE BACK, ALL OPEN AND FRINGE ALL AROUND. AND IT MOVED BY ITSELF WITH JUST A MAN INSIDE. IT WAS AMAZING TO THINK THAT FORD COULD HAVE INVENTED SOMETHING LIKE THAT. CRAZY FORD, THEY ALWAYS CALLED HIM.>>Jennings: WHAT STOOD OUT MOST FOR FIVE CENTENARIANS IN THE LAST 100 YEARS A LOOK AT AND A LISTEN TO SOME OF THE STORIES THAT GO TO MAKE UP, AFTER ALL, E NATION IS A MAKEUP OF THE STORIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVED THROUGH THIS PARTICULAR PERIOD. WE ARE GOING TO GO BACK TO THE COMMAND CENTER OF AMERICA ONLINE NOW, BECAUSE ABC’S JACK SMITH HAS BEEN THERE ALL THIS TIME. AND JACK, I HAVE TO TELL YOU, TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST, I THOUGHT YOU’D GONE HOME. PLEASE DON’T TAKE THAT AS A DEFENSE, BUT WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING THERE? WE WERE ASKING THE CHAIRMAN OF AOL A LITTLE EARLIER ON ABOUT TRAFFIC THERE. WHAT’S ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN TERMS OF COMMUNICATIONS THROUGH THE INTENT IN THE LAST 24 HOURS?>>WELL, THE WORD HERE FROM AOL IS Y2K OKAY. NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS. NOTHING REALLY HAS HAPPENED HERE. THEY ANTICIPATED JUST TO MAKE SURE, THEY ANTICIPATED THAT THINGS COULD GO WRONG, SO WE’VE BEEN ON GENERATOR POWER HERE, NOT THE LOCAL ELECTRICAL COMPANY, BUT GENERATOR POWER HERE FOR A NUMBER OF HOURS, JUST IN CASE SOMETHING HAPPENED. WELL, IT DIDN’T HAPPEN. NOW, IF YOU LOOK BEHIND ME, YOU CAN SEE THE OPERATION CENTER. THIS IS WHERE ALL THE TRAFFIC THE 20 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS TO AOL, THE WORLD’S LARGEST INTENT COMPANY, THIS IS WHERE IT’S MONITORED. AND YOU CAN SEE, IF YOU LOOK IN THE BACK, YOU SEE THOSE GRAPHS THERE, YOU SEE THAT THEY DIP DOWN SHARPLY. AND IN SOME CASES, THEY POP BACK UP. THAT’S WHEN THE MIDNIGHT HAPPENED ON THE EAST COAST. AND PEOPLE WOULD LOG OFF OF THEIR COMPUTERS, LOG OFF OF THE INTENT SO THAT THEY COULD KISS THEIR WIVES AND WISH EVERYBODY AROUND THEM HAPPY NEW YEAR. AND THEN SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN LOGGING BACK ON. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, TRAFFIC IS PRETTY LOW. AND THIS IS TYPICAL FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR. THE SLOWEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR, WE’RE TOLD, ON INTENT IS CHRISTMAS EVE. AND THE SECOND SLOWEST NIGHT IS NEW YEAR’S EVE, FOR OBVIOUS REASONS. PEOPLE HAVE OTHER THINGS TO DO. WELL, NORMALLY, THIS BUILDING NORMALLY HAS ABOUT 700 EMPLOYEES. THERE ARE 200 OR SO WORKING TONIGHT. AND THAT’S AN UNUSUAL NUMBER. NORMALLY, THEY WOULD BE FAR, FAR FEWER THAN THAT. AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS IS PRETTY WELL STAFFED HERE. AND THAT’S UNUSUAL. THEY WERE WORRIED THAT SOMETHING MIGHT HAPPEN, AS WE ALL WERE, BUT NOTHING DID.>>Jennings: JACK, I APOLOGIZE FOR HAVING KEPT YOU SO LONG TODAY. THE ONLY IRONIC Y2K COMPUTER GLITCH THAT I AM AWARE OF IS HAVING TO DO WITH THE WEB PAGE OF THE OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER, THE ATOMIC CLOCK. HAVE YOU HEARD THAT?>>NO, I DIDN’T HEAR THAT ONE.>>Jennings: I’LL COME BACK TO THAT IN A SECOND. BUT HAVE THERE BEEN ANY GLITCHES THROUGHOUT THE SBERNTSD SYSTEM AS BEST YOU CAN TELL TODAY?>>NO, IT’S BEEN REMARKABLY QUIET AS THE NEW YEAR’S, THE NEW MILLENNIUM HAS CROSSED THE PACIFIC AND SO ON. WE’VE BEEN WATCHING THE INTENT. A NUMBER OF AOL SUBSCRIBERS ARE OVERSEAS AND THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO ANOMALIES AT ALL.>>Jennings: ANSWER ONE QUESTION FOR US THEN BEFORE YOU GO HOME TO A MUCH DESERVED REST. IT’S THE QUESTION, I THINK, ALL OF US ASK AS WE INCREASINGLY GET INVOLVED WITH E-MAIL. HOW SECURE ULTIMATELY ARE E-MAILS AS WE COMMUNICATE WITH EACH OTHER ON OCCASIONS LIKE THIS?>>THEY’RE NOT AS SECURE AS YOU THINK THEY ARE. E-MAIL, YOU HAVE TO ASSUME WHEN YOU SEND AN E-MAIL THAT THE WHOLE WORLD CAN READ IT. IT’S NOT SECURE LIKE MAIL IS. AT LEAST YOU CAN SEAL AN ENVELOPE AND YOU CAN SEE IF IT’S BEEN STEAMED OPEN AND MOST PEOPLE, VERY FEW PEOPLE BOTHER TO STEAM OPEN YOUR MAIL. E-MAIL’S A LITTLE DIFFERENT. PEOPLE CAN READ IT AND ALMOST ANYONE CAN CERTAINLY TELL THAT YOU’VE SENT E-MAIL AND WHERE IT’S GONE TO. E-MAIL IS A VERY DIFFERENT ANIMAL.>>Jennings: JACK, THANKS VERY MUCH FOR A VERY LONG DAY. AND I DO APOLOGIZE. THANKS VERY MUCH. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU. ON THE SUBJECT OF WEBSITES, THIS COMPUTER GLITCH STORY IS THAT THE OFFICIAL TIMEKEEPER, THE ATOMIC CLOCK IN WASHINGTON, WHICH HAS A WEBSITE, EARLY ONJUST BECAUSE OF A SLIGHT GLITCH REPORTED THE DATE AS 19,100 DURING THE EARLIEST HOURS OF THE NEW YEAR ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. THE NAVAL OBJECT SERVETORY THAT IS WHERE THE CLOCK SERVES AS THE NATION’S OFFICIALS AT THE TIME HAD A GLITCH ON ITS WEBSITE. BUT THAT’S ABOUT THE ONLY ONE THAT WE KNOW HAS OCCURRED THROUGHOUT THIS DAY IN MANY, MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD. TO LAS VEGAS TO LOOK AT THE DANCING FOUNTAINS. ♪♪ ♪♪ [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] ♪♪>>Announcer: “ABC 2000” WILL CONTINUE LIVE IN JUST A MOMENT. ARE WE GOING SOMEPLACE NEW? THE FUTURE REPRESENTS
A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR US, OUR CUSTOMERS, AND OUR REGION. WE’RE HEADED
IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE’RE THE PORT AUTHORITY, AND TOGETHER WITH YOU,
WE’RE MOVING FORWARD. CAN WE COME WITH YOU?>>Announcer: FROM AROUND THE WORLD, THIS IS “ABC 2000.” ONCE AGAIN FROM TIMES SQUARE, PETER JENNINGS.>>Jennings: I THINK EVERYBODY AGREED AS WE PAID TRIBUTE TO WOMEN VARIOUS WAYS AROUND THE WORLD AND HAD VARIOUS DISCUSSIONS WITH WOMEN’S PARENTPATION IN THIS CENTURY AND THE NEXT, THERE’S NO GOING BACK FOR WOMEN IN ANY RESPECT, AND THERE’S GOING BACK FOR ANY OF US. ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO WANTED TO PAY TRIBUTE FOR WOMEN FOR THIS PARTICULAR OCCASION WAS NATALIE MERCHANT AND SHE SINCE TONIGHT FROM JOHN ANSON FORDHAM IF I THEATER, ONE OF THE OLDEST PERFORMING ARTS VENUES IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, AS MIDNIGHT COMES CLOSE TO RUSHING DOWN UPON THEM.>>HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE. [ APPLAUSE ] ♪ MAY AULD QANTANCE BE FORGOT AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND? ♪ ♪ LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA ♪ ♪ LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA ♪ ♪ YOU’VE BEEN SO KIND AND GENEROUS ♪ ♪ I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU KEEP ON GIVING ♪ ♪ FOR YOUR KINDNESS I’M IN DEBT TO YOU ♪ ♪ FOR YOUR SELFLESSNESS MY ADMIRATION ♪ ♪ FOR EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE YOU KNOW I’M BOUND I’M BOUND TO THANK YOU FOR IT ♪ ♪ NA NA-NA NA-NA NA NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA ♪ ♪ NA NA-NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA ♪ ♪ NA NA-NA NA-NA NA NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA ♪ ♪ HEY HEY HEY HEY YEAH ♪ ♪ YOU’VE BEEN SO KIND AND GENEROUS ♪ ♪ I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU KEEP ON GIVING ♪ ♪ FOR YOUR KINDNESS I’M IN DEBT TO YOU ♪ ♪ AND I NEVER COULD HAVE COME THIS FAR WITHOUT YOU ♪ ♪ FOR EVERYTHING YOU’VE DONE YOU KNOW I’M BOUND I’M BOUND TO THANK YOU FOR IT ♪ ♪ NA NA-NA NA-NA NA NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA ♪ ♪ NA NA-NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA ♪ ♪ NA NA-NA NA-NA NA NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA NA-NA NA ♪ ♪ NA NA-NA NA-NA ♪ ♪ OH, I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR SO MANY GIFTS YOU GAVE WITH LOVE AND TENDERNESS ♪ ♪ I WANT TO THANK YOU ♪ ♪ THANK YOU ♪ FOR YOUR GENEROSITY THE LOVE AND THE HONESTY THAT YOU GAVE ME ♪ ♪ I WANT TO THANK YOU SHOW MY GRATITUDE MY LOVE AND MY RESPECT FOR YOU ♪ ♪ I WANT TO THANK YOU ♪ ♪ OH, I WANT TO THANK YOU THANK YOU ♪ ♪ THANK YOU THANK YOU ♪ ♪ THANK YOU THANK YOU ♪ ♪ THANK YOU ♪ ♪ I WANT TO THANK YOU THANK YOU ♪ ♪ THANK YOU THANK YOU ♪ ♪ THANK YOU THANK YOU ♪ ♪ THANK YOU ♪ ♪ I WANT TO THANK YOU THANK YOU ♪ ♪ THANK YOU THANK YOU ♪ ♪ THANK YOU THANK YOU ♪ ♪ OOH, OOH ♪ [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ] [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jennings: IN JUST A MOMENT, WE’RE GOING TO GO BACK OUT TO UNION SQUARE IN SAN FRANCISCO, BUT THE CAPTION IT SEEMS TO ME FOR THIS PICTURE SEEMS TO BE “HELP, MA, I’M TRAPPED IN TIMES SQUARE.” IT WAS A MOMENT AGO NOBODY WAS HERE AND NOW THEY’RE BACK AGAIN. JACK FORD, WHAT’S GOING ON?>>ALL I CAN TELL YOU IS THAT RIGHT NOW, AS YOU MENTIONED, LAST TIME YOU AND I CHATTED, WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE FACT THAT THE REVELERS HAVE HEADED HOME. YOU CAN SEE BEHIND ME, THE FOLKS ARE HERE. THEY’RE LOOKING UP AT YOU RIGHT NOW, PETER, AS A MATTER OF FACT. I THINK THEY’RE EXCITED THAT THEY ARE STILL IN TIMES SQUARE. AND I DON’T THINK ANYBODY TOLD THESE FOLKS THAT THE SHOW WAS OVER. SO THEY’VE DECIDED TO STAY AROUND FOR A LITTLE WHILE. THIS IS ONE OF THOSE EVENTS THAT DOES NOT WRAP UP VERY EASILY.>>Jennings: I THINK THIS HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH CROWD CONTROL, TOO. I WONDER IF PEOPLE AREN’T BEING MOVED OUT. BECAUSE THERE WAS SO MANY PEOPLE HERE TONIGHT. IT ISN’T EASY JUST TO DISSOLVE FROM ANY CITY CENTER ANYWHERE. BUT THIS ENORMOUS CROWD THAT WAS HERE BEFORE IS NOW DRIFTING THROUGH TIMES SQUARE. AND SOME OF IT HAS DECIDED JUST TO STAY. OUR COVERAGE OF MILLENNIUM 2000, THE 2000 CELEBRATION ONABC WILL CONTINUE IN JUST A MOMENT. PROVIDES NO AMBIENT
ILLUMINATION. IS SCARY. YET OBJECTS GIVE OFF ENERGY
IN THE FORM OF HEAT. IT WOULD BE AMAZING IF YOU
COULD SEE WHAT’S OUT THERE… DEVILLE DTS THERMAL DETECTION
SYSTEM WITH A HEAD-UP DISPLAY PROJECTS IMAGES OF
THE ROAD AHEAD. BEYOND THE RANGE
OF YOUR HEADLAMPS. THE ALL-NEW DEVILLE DTS THE WORLD’S FIRST CAR
AVAILABLE WITH NIGHT VISION. THE FUSION OF DESIGN
& TECHNOLOGY. CADILLAC. OF YOUR LIFE. JUST YOU AGAINST YOUR SMOKING
ADDICTION, ONE ON ONE. TROUBLE IS, IT’S NOT A FAIR
FIGHT. AND FEW PEOPLE WIN IT. BUT YOU CAN GIVE YOURSELF
A FIGHTING CHANCE TO WIN– WITH ZYBAN. ZYBAN DOESN’T WORK
FOR EVERYONE. ZYBAN IS PART OF A
COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM FROM YOUR DOCTOR TO
HELP YOU STOP SMOKING. IT’S DIFFERENT FROM
NICOTINE REPLACEMENTS. ZYBAN IS THE ONLY PRESCRIPTION
MEDICINE THAT’S NICOTINE FREE. SO YOU DON’T HAVE TO STOP
SMOKING ALL AT ONCE. AS ZYBAN REDUCES YOUR CRAVINGS,
YOU FEEL LIKE SMOKING LESS AND LESS… UNTIL YOU’RE
READY TO STOP COMPLETELY. BECAUSE YOU’RE READY TO WIN. YOU SHOULD KNOW THERE IS
A RISK OF SEIZURE ASSOCIATED WITH ZYBAN. TO REDUCE THE RISK, DON’T TAKE
ZYBAN IF YOU HAVE OR HAVE HAD A SEIZURE OR EATING DISORDER,
OR IF YOU TAKE WELLBUTRIN. DON’T TAKE ZYBAN IF YOU
USE AN MAO INHIBITOR. SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE DRY
MOUTH AND DIFFICULTY SLEEPING. ASK YOUR DOCTOR IF ZYBAN
IS RIGHT FOR YOU. BECAUSE IT CAN HELP
YOU QUIT SMOKING. BY MAKING IT A FIGHT
YOU CAN WIN.>>Jennings: IN TIMES SQUARE, THESE ARE PEOPLE STREAMING DOWN IN CENTRAL PARK. AND THE POLICE ARE GENTLY, AN EMPHASIS ON GENTLY, MOVING PEOPLE OUT IN A SOUTHERLY DIRECTION, WHICH IS HOW TIMES SQUARE FILLED UP AGAIN. AT UNION SQUARE IN SAN FRANCISCO, THEY ARE CELEBRATING LIFE, COMPASSION AND DIVERSITY. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪ I FEEL SORRY SORRY FOR YOU ♪ ♪ HEY COME ON ♪ ♪ JOIN HANDS JOIN THE LOVE TRAIN LOVE TRAIN ♪ ♪ KEEP ON COME ON ♪ ♪ JOIN HANDS ON THIS LOVE TRAIN ♪ ♪ ♪ YOU’VE GOT TO JOIN HANDS EVERYBODY JOIN HANDS ♪ ♪ JOIN HANDS ON THE LOVE TRAIN ♪>>Jennings: 28 MINUTES TO GO IN SAN FRANCISCO. JUDY MULLER IS OUT THERE. THEY WOKE UP, RIGHT, JUDY?>>YEAH THE CROWD IS GAINING STRENGTH, GATHERING STEAM, HEADING FOR MIDNIGHT, PETER. THINGS HAVE REALLY PICKED UP SINCE I LAST TALKED TO YOU.>>Jennings: ANY CHANCE YOU CAN TELL US WHO SOME OF THE PEOPLE ARE ON THE STAGE?>>THAT’S THE GLIDE MEMORIAL CHURCH ENSEMBLE AND THEY ARE QUITE A GOSPEL CHOIR. RENOWNED IN THIS CITY. AND THEY HAVE TURNED THIS CROWD ON LIKE NOTHING SO FAR. EVERYBODY’S GOT A LITTLE LIGHT THAT YOU CAN SEE THEM WAVING. AND JUST BEFORE WE CAME BACK — YOU CAME BACK TO ME, THEY WERE SINGING “THIS IS THE LIGHT OF MINE” WITH ALL THEIR HEART, WAVING THOSE LIGHTS IN THE AIR.>>THERE, THEY’RE WRAPPING IT PUP I SHOULD POINT OUT, PETER, JUST BLOCKS FROM HERE, IT THERE ARE TRADITIONAL FIREWORKS AND A LOT MORE REVELRY. THIS IS THE OTHER, OTHER CELEBRATION IN SAN FRANCISCO.>>TERRY, TERRY, TERRY, LET’S HEAR IT FOR TERRY!>>Jennings: I THINK IN A MOMENT, WITH ANY LUCK, WE’LL GET THE MAYOR OF SAN FRANCISCO, WILLIE BROWN ON THE TELEPHONE. I’M NOT QUITE SURE WHERE HE IS AT THE MOMENT, BUT YOU CAN GUARANTEE HE’S OUT AND ABOUT. WHAT SETS SOME PEOPLE APART?
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ACUVUE 2 CONTACT LENS. SO NATURAL, IT FEELS LIKE
YOU’RE WEARING NOTHING AT ALL. FOR A FREE TRIAL PAIR,
CALL US… OR VISIT YOUR
EYE CARE PROFESSIONAL. SOMETHING NEW IS HERE. A WHOLE NEW WAY
TO TAKE CARE OF HEARTBURN. INTRODUCING PEPCID AC GELCAPS. JUST ONE GELCAP CONTROLS AS MUCH
ACID AS A WHOLE ROLL OF TUMS, AN IDEA THAT’S
VERY EASY TO SWALLOW. NEW PEPCID AC GELCAPS.>>Jennings: THERE WAS A TIME EARLY TODAY WHEN WE WERE REALLY CONCENTRATING ON THE FIRST OF THE DAY, AND WE HAD THE FIRST BABY BORN IN NEW ZEALAND, BUT THE FIRST SET OF TWINS BORN ON EITHER SIDE OF MIDNIGHT BELONGS TO INDIANAPOLIS INDIANA, IF MY INFORMATION IS CORRECT. ONE BORN JUST BEFORE MIDNIGHT. AND ONE BORN JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT, ONE IN THE 20th CENTURY, ONE IN THE 21st. THAT’S ONE WE GOT SO CHECK. OUR NEXT PERFORMER IS GOING TO HAVE AN ENORMOUSLY BIG YEAR IN THE YEAR 2000 AMONG OTHER THINGS. SHE’S GOING TO BE INDUCTED IN THE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALL OF FAME, FROM CALIFORNIA, BONNIE RAITT. ♪ WELL, IT’S A RAINY NIGHT AND I’M ALL ALONE ♪ ♪ SITTING HERE WAITING FOR YOUR VOICE ON THE PHONE ♪ ♪ TOOK COLD COLD SWEAT THINKING ABOUT THE THINGS I HAVEN’T ♪ ♪ EVEN DONE YET TELL ME NOW I GOT TO KNOW YOU FEEL THE SAME ♪ ♪ YOU JUST LIGHT UP AT THE MENTION OF MY NAME ♪ ♪ DON’T WORRY HE BABY IT AIN’T NOTHING NEW ♪ THAT’S LOVE SNEAKING UP ON YOU WHOLE WORLD IS SHAKING BABY ♪ AND YOU FEEL LIKE I DO THAT’S JUST LOVE SNEAKIN’ UP ON YOU ♪ ♪ NOWHERE ON EARTH FOR YOUR HEART TO HIDE ONCE LOVE COMES SNEAKIN’ UP ON YOUR BLIND SIDE ♪ ♪ AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL TRY TO STOP THE RAIN OR STAND IN THE TRACK OF A RUNAWAY TRAIN ♪ ♪ YOU JUST CAN’T FIGHT IT WHEN A THING’S MEANT TO BE SO COME ON LET’S FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED WITH ME ♪ ♪ HEY DON’T WORRY BABY IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ NEW THAT’S JUST LOVE SNEAKIN’ UP ON YOU ♪ ♪ IF YOUR WHOLE WORLD IS SHAKIN’ AND YOU FEEL LIKE I DO THAT’S JUST LOVE SNEAKIN’ UP ON YOU ♪>>HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYBODY! [ APPLAUSE ] ♪ DON’T WORRY BABY IT AIN’T NOTHIN’ NEW THAT’S JUST LOVE SNEAKIN’ UP ON YOU ♪ ♪ IF YOUR WHOLE WORLD IS SHAKIN’ AND YOU FEEL LIKE I DO THAT’S JUST LOVE SNEAKIN’ UP ON YOU ♪ ♪♪>>ALL RIGHT! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>ALL AROUND THE WORLD, HAPPY NEW YEAR!>>Jennings: I CAN HEAR CALIFORNIA FOR A MOMENT. I APOLOGIZE I KNOW IT AS WELL AS I KNOW MY OWN NAME. WE SPENT SO MUCH TIME IN LATIN SPEAKING COUNTRIES. IT’S SAN RAFAEL. WE HAVE THE MAYOR ON THE TELEPHONE. MR. MAYOR, CAN YOU HEAR ME?>>YES, PETER.>>Jennings: HOW HAS THE DAY BEEN?>>THE DAY HAS BEEN FABULOUS. AS A MATTER OF FACT, SAN FRANCISCO HAS EXHIBITED THE SAME CHARACTERISTICS THAT THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS EXHIBITED. IT’S BEEN CALM AND WONDERFUL.>>Jennings: WHERE ARE YOU AT THE MOMENT?>>I’M STANDING IN FRONT OF CITY HALL DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE BILL GRAHAM AUDITORIUM WHERE THERE IS ALL KINDS OF THINGS GOING ON?>>Jennings: AND WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN TODAY?>>I STARTED OUT AT A PLACE CALLED MOOSE’S. YOU’LL REMEMBER THAT –>>Jennings: I DO, INDEED.>>AND I — I WENT FROM THERE TO THE UNION SQUARE WHERE THEY HAD A FAITH COMMUNITY SERVICE OPERATION. I WENT FROM THERE TO THE EMBARCADERO WHERE WE’RE GOING TO DO THE FIREWORKS IN 25 MINUTES. AND I’VE BEEN TO A COUPLE OF OTHER PRIVATE PLACES. I CHECKED IN WITH MY OFFICE AND THE EMERGENCY SERVICES, AND NOW I’M ABOUT TO CHECK IN WITH CITY HALL.>>Jennings: ANY PROBLEMS IN SAN FRANCISCO AT ALL TODAY?>>NONE WHATSOEVER. WE’VE HAD FEWER THAN 100 PEOPLE ARRESTED AND NOTHING FOR ANYTHING THAT’S OF SIGNIFICANCE. IT’S BEEN DRUNK DRIVING OR PUBLIC DRUNKENNESS. THERE HAVE BEEN NO INCIDENCE OF VIOLENCE. IT’S BEEN FRANKLY EXTRAORDINARILY CALM.>>Jennings: AND A NEW YEAR’S MESSAGE FOR REST OF THE COUNTRY?>>COME TO SAN FRANCISCO AND LIVE THE GOOD LIFE.>>Jennings: HAPPY NEW YEAR, MAYOR BROWN.>>HAPPY NEW YEAR, PETER.>>Jennings: WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL GO TO SAN FRANCISCO. OUR MILLENNIUM COVERAGE WITH CONTINUE. YOU KNOW I BET I DRIVE MORE
THAN A RACE CAR DRIVER. OF COURSE I ONLY GO
A FEW 100 FEET. YOU CAN TELL A LOT ABOUT
SOMEONE FROM THE INSIDE OF THEIR CAR OR TRUCK. LIKE HOW TALL THEY ARE. OR THE OTHER THINGS THEY’D
RATHER SPEND THEIR MONEY ON. HANG ON ROSCOE. OUR LIFETIME GUARANTEE MEANS
YOU’LL NEVER PAY TWICE FOR ANY COVERED REPAIR. GM GOODWRENCH SERVICE PLUS. IT’S FOR LIFE. HAVING A FAMILY VEHICLE YOU
CAN COUNT ON IS IMPORTANT. FOR PEOPLE… AND FOR
ALLIGATORS. >>Jennings: WELCOME BACK TO OUR COVERAGE OF THE MILLENNIUM. WE ARE NOW DOWNSTAIRS FROM WHEN WE SPENT THE LAST 23 HOURS, AND I ARRIVED TO BEGAN TO THINK WE WERE LOSING THEM. BUT THERE’S A GREAT AMERICAN TRADITION OF BARBER SHOP SINGING CALLED WOOD SHEDDING AND WE’VE MANAGED TO FIND TOGETHER THE MEMBERS OF THE ACOUSTICS, ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST BARBER SHOP QUARTETS AND THE MEMBERS OF SPANK, WHO WE FOUND, FIRST OF ALL, IN PENNSYLVANIA STATION, AND A COUPLE OF OTHER STREET MUSICIANS, AND THEY DECIDED THEY’RE GOING TO SING TOGETHER “THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT. EXAMINATION ” ♪♪ ♪ DO DO DO DO DEBUM ♪ THE JUNGLE THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT ♪ IN THE JUNGLE THE MIGHTY JUNGLE ♪ THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT ♪ ♪ WEEEE BUM-A-WAY ♪ ♪ IN THE VILLAGE THE QUIET VILLAGE ♪ ♪ THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT IN THE VILLAGE THE QUIET VILLAGE ♪ ♪ THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT ♪ ♪ WEEM-A-WAY WEEM-A WAY ♪ ♪ HUSH MY DARLING MY DARLING ♪ ♪ THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT HUSH MY DARLING MY DARLING ♪ ♪ THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT ♪ ♪ HEY HEY ♪ ♪ WEEM-A-WAY WEEM-A-WAY ♪ ♪ WEEM-A-WAY WEEM-A-WAY ♪ [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jennings: HAPPY NEW YEAR. GREAT TO HAVE YOU GUYS. HAPPY NEW YEAR.>>WE’LL DO SOME AMAZING GRACE AFTER THIS.>>Jennings: WILL YOU? ALL RIGHT. THE ACOUSTICS AND SPANK FROM THE STREET AND FROM THE BARBER SHOP. WE’RE VERY GLAD TO HAVE YOU. IF YOU GUYS WANT TO START “AMAZING GRACE” WE’RE GOING TO GO — WE’RE ABOUT TEN MINUTES AWAY FROM LAS VEGAS AND SAN FRANCISCO. SO WE’RE GOING TO GO TO LAS VEGAS WITH CONNIE CHUNG. LATER ON WE’LL HEAR THEM SING AMAZING GRACE.>>THANK YOU. PETER, LAS VEGAS IS REMARKABLY CALM. AND I’M HERE WITH THE MAYOR OF LAS VEGAS OSCAR GOODMAN. TO WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THIS CALMNESS? WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD?>>WITH HAVE AN EXCELLENT POLICE FORCE. THE CROWD IS SICK OF THE TERRORISM NONSENSE. THEY WANT TO SHOW THEY CAN REALLY ENJOY THEMSELVES.>>SO YOU REALLY MUST BE PROUD OF THE AREA HERE, BECAUSE –>>I LOVE LAS VEGAS. I THINK THIS IS THE GREATEST SPOT IN THE WORLD. WE HAVE EVERYTHING HERE. WE HAVE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET THE EIFFEL TOWER. WE’VE GOT AN ITAAN LAKE BEHIND US. WE’VE GOT STAR TREK OVER THERE. I MEAN, THE EGYPTIANS. I ALWAYS SAY, GOD FORBID THERE BE A NATURAL DISASTER HERE, 200 YEARS, ARCHEOLOGISTS WILL COME AND SAY, WHAT THE HECK WAS HERE?>>THAT’S VERY FUNNY. IT’S TRUE.>>IT’S TRUE. THE’S SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY. IT’S THE BEST.>>WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD ABOUT THE CASINOS TONIGHT?>>WELL, I JUST WAS INSIDE AS THE GUEST OF THE BELLAGIO, AND THEY HAVE THE LARGEST CASINO WIN IN THE HISTORY OF THE STATE TODAY. THEY’VE WON OVER BELIEVE IT OR NOT A HALF A BILLION DOLLARS. IT’S INCREDIBLE. AND EVERYBODY IN THERE WHO LOST THE MONEY, THEY’RE HAPPY.>>OH, PLEASE!>>THEY’RE WATCHING HARRY CONNICK JR. AND THEY’RE HAPPY. THEY’RE HAVING A BALL. THEY CAN’T WAIT TO GO BACK TO THE TABLES AND LOSE MORE.>>THAT’S JUST UTTERLY RIDICULOUS. DO YOU KNOW THAT.>>THIS IS AN ADULT PLAY LAND. PEOPLE COME HERE, THEY KNOW WHAT’S GOOD. THEY KNOW IT’S FUN. AND THAT’S WHY THEY COME TO LAS VEGAS, BECAUSE THEY CAN DO THINGS HERE THAT THEY CAN’T DO ANYPLACE ELSE IN THE WORLD AND REALLY ENJOY THEMSELVES.>>I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU AND STEVE WENN WANT TO BRING AN NBA TEAM OR ACTUALLY ANY PROFESSIONAL TEAM HERE.>>I WON’T GIVE STEVE ALL THAT CREDIT. STEVE RAN A POLL AND HE SAID WHAT THE PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WANT THEY WANT A PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AND THEY WANT A MAJOR LEAGUE SPORTS TEAM. THE EASIEST TEAM TO BRING IN WOULD BE AN NBA TEAM OR A HOCKEY TEAM, BECAUSE YOU NEED AN ARENA. YOU DON’T NEED A BIG DOME TYPE SAD YUM. SO I’M REALLY TRYING TO GET THAT ON. THE DIFFICULTY I HAVE IN ALL HONESTY IS THE HOTELS ARE CONCERNED THAT THERE BE COMPETITION WITH ANOTHER VENUE. AND WE’RE GOING TO WORK THAT OUT WITH THEM. WE WILL HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH A BETTING LINE –>>YOU MEAN YOU COULD STILL BET ON NBA GAMES?>>RIGHT NOW, THE NBA TAKES THE POSITION NO BETTING ON THE NBA GAMES IF THERE’S A TEAM HERE. I BELIEVE EVERYBODY’S REASONABLE AND WE’LL BE ABLE TO WORK OUT WHAT’S BEST. THAT’S MY WHOLE LIFE IS MAKING SURE PEOPLE ARE REASONABLE.>>ALL RIGHT, WE HAVE JUST A FEW MORE MINUTES BEFORE MIDNIGHT HERE IN LAS VEGAS. AND YET, LET’S SEE, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO HAPPEN HERE. CERTAINLY, NO FIREWORKS, BECAUSE –>>NO FIREWORKS.>>BECAUSE THE POLICE AND CASINO ALL AGREED NO FIREWORKS.>>THERE’S A REASON FOR THAT. BECAUSE OF ALL OF THE RUMORS WHICH, THANK GOD, NEVER CAME TO ACTUALIZATION, THEY WANTED TO BE CAREFUL. AND I THINK THEY WERE SMART IN DOING THAT. THERE ARE A LOT OF CRAZY PEOPLE OUT THERE. AND, THANK GOD, THEY’RE NOT HERE TONIGHT. BUT THE ONES WHO ARE HERE, THEY WANT TO HAVE A GREAT TIME. AND THANK GOODNESS, THAT’S WHAT’S HAPPENING. IT’S REALLY GREAT.>>SO WE MAY SEE A HUMAN BALL DROP FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER HERE.>>YES.>>THAT IS THE LAS VEGAS EIFFEL TOWER.>>WELL, IT MAY BE THE EIFFEL TOWER. I THINK LAS VEGAS IS THE PLACE.>>AND THEN A SHOW HERE OF THE DANCING WATERS IN FRONT OF THE BELLAGIO.>>OUTSTANDING. PEOPLE HAVE TO COME OUT HERE. I LOVE THIS TOWN MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD OTHER THAN MY WIFE AND MY DAUTER AND MY SONS. AND I LOVE LAS VEGAS FOR A REASON. THERE’S A GENIUS HERE. THERE’S AN INGENUITY THAT YOU CAN’T FIND ANYPLACE ELSE. THEY’RE ALWAYS IMPROVING ON THEMSELVES. WHEN YOU THINK THEY’VE BUILT THE BE ALL THAT ENDS ALL, NEXT TIME YOU TIRN AROUND, YOU SEE A BETTER ONE BEING BUILT. IT’S JUST AMAZING.>>WE’VE GOT THE COUNTDOWN HERE. MY EYES ARE SO BAD.>>YOU’RE TOO YOUNG TO HAVE BAD EYES.>>PETER, BACK TO YOU.>>THANK MAYOR GOOD WIN. CONNY, THERE’S ALSO BEEN A NEVADA DESERT EXPERIENCE, JUST SO WE KEEP NEVADA AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY IN PERSPECTIVE. TELL US ABOUT THE DEMONSTRATION HEL OUT AT GROUND ZERO?>>YES, AS YOU WELL KNOW, 55 MILES FROM HERE IS THE NEVADA TEST SITE WHICH FOR SO MANY YEARS I THINK THERE WERE AS MANY AS 100 ABOVEGROUND AND BELOW-GROUND ATOMIC TESTS CONDUCTED THERE AND BACK IN THOSE EARLY DAYS WHEN THOSE TESTS WERE CONDUCTED, PEOPLE ACTUALLY FOUND IT TO BE A SPECTACLE. THEY WOULD HOLD PICNICS. THERE WAS THE ATOMIC HAIR DO, THE ATOMIC COCKTAIL. TODAY, THOUGH, AND OVER THE YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN DEMONSTRATIONS AND TONIGHT, AT MIDNIGHT, THERE’S A DEMONSTRATION LED BY FATHER DANIEL BARRIGAN AND ACTOR MARTIN SHEEN, AND IT’S A CANDLELIGHT PROCESSION TO THE AREA, 65 MILES FROM HERE. THEY WILL BE ARRESTED IN FACT, SIMPLY GIVEN CITATIONS NOT TAKEN TO JAIL, BUT IT IS MORE SYMBOLIC PROTEST, A QUIET PROTEST. AND THEN THEY WILL RETURN. THESE ARE THE DANCING WATERS, PETER. I WANT YOU TO JUST TAKE A LOOK IN FRONT OF THE BELLAGIO. WE’RE JUST ABOUT 3:41 SECONDS TO GO. PETER?>>Jennings: THANKS, CONNIE, VERY MUCH. I WANTED TO MAKE A POINT OF MENTIONING THE PEOPLE WHO DON’T NECESSARILY GET ON TELEVISION ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT NEW YEAR’S EVE, BUT THERE WAS THIS DEMONSTRATION AGAINST WAR AS THERE HAVE BEEN IN OTHER PLACES AROUND THE WORLD TODAY OUT IN THE NEVADA DESERT. AND INDEED, THESE ARE THE QUITE EXTRAORDINARY DANCING WATERS SET TO MUSIC.>>Jennings: UNION SQUARE IN SAN FRANCISCO. ♪ AMEN AMEN ♪ ♪ AMEN AMEN ♪ ♪ AMEN ♪ ♪ AMEN AMEN ♪ ♪ AMEN AMEN ♪ ♪ AMEN AMEN ♪>>Jennings: TO LAS VEGAS. ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪ ♪♪>>Jennings: UNION SQUARE IN SAN FRANCISCO.>>3, 2, 1! [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Jennings: THE LIGHTING OF THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN, THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN IS BACK. JAY LENO AND FRIENDS.>>YES, YES, THAT’S WHAT I SAID. FELIZ NAVIDAD.>>Jennings: TO LAS VEGAS. ♪♪ ♪ YOU’LL FIND ♪ ♪ COME FIND A BRAND NEW GIRLFRIEND ♪ ♪ OR BRING YOUR WIFE ♪ ♪ LAS VEGAS WILL LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE ♪>>Jennings: UNION SQUARE IN SAN FRANCISCO AGAIN. ♪ ♪ SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT AND NEVER BROUGHT TO MIND? ♪ ♪ SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT AND DAYS OF AULD LANG SYNE? ♪>>Jennings: IT SAYS IT FOR ITSELF. ♪♪ [ PLAYING “AULD LANG SYNE” ]>>Jennings: CONNIE, WE WERE LOOKING TO HUMAN BALL DROP FROM LAS VEGAS. ARE WE GOING TO GET IT? WE’RE GETTING VIKINGS.>>WHAT YOU AREN’T SEEING NOW — I HOPE WE CAN GET A SHOT — THERE, CAN YOU SEE THE CONFETY THAT’S FALLING FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER?>>Jennings: YES.>>IT’S SHIMMERING AND MYLAR BALLOONS.>>Jennings: THAT IS WHAT WE ENDED UP WITH. THE HUMAN BALL WAS ACTUALLY THERE, BUT YOU COULDN’T TELL IT WAS A HUMAN BALL, PETER UNFORTUNATELY. I GUESS THEY WERE TRYING VERY HARD TO OUTDO TIMES SQUARE. IT DOES SORT OF LOOK LIKE A CHAMPAGNE BOTTLE. POPPING OFF, DOESN’T IT? A BIT.>>Jennings: NOW, THAT YOU MENTION IT, OF COURSE. BUT AS FAR AS EIFFEL TOWERS ARE CONCERNED, WE HAVE TO GIVE IT TO PARIS TODAY.>>I THINK SO. I SAW THAT, AND IT WAS SPECTACULAR. WOULDN’T YOU AGREE THAT THESE DANCING WATERS ARE REALLY QUITE ELOQUENT? NOT WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE EXPECTED IN LAS VEGAS.>>Jennings: FOR WHATEVER REASON ANYBODY WANTS TO GO TO LAS VEGAS AND THERE ARE LOTS OF REASONS TO SEE THOSE DANCING WATERS WAS QUITE EXTRAORDINARY.>>I THINK SO. I MEAN, THERE WAS A TIME, THE WAS A WRITER WHO SAID, THIS WAS THE MECCA OF GLITZ THAT GAVE BAD TASTE A GOOD NAME. BUT THAT’S JUST NOT TRUE ANYMORE. I MEAN, THERE — THERE ARE MANY MORE Cs HERE BESIDES CRAPS. THERE IS CULTURE. THERE IS A $300 MILLION ART GALLERY. THERE ARE CLOTHES, MEANING ARMANI, CHANEL, YOU NAME IT. IT’S VERY HIGH END NOW. SO YOU MUST COME, PETER, IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN HERE IN A LONG TIME.>>Jennings: HOLLYWOOD AGAIN.>>HAPPY NEW YEAR.>>Jennings: HAPPY NEW YEAR, CONNIE, AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR EVERYTHING. ♪ WE’LL DRINK A CUP OF KINDNESS ♪ ♪ FOR TIMES OF AULD LANG SYNE ♪>>Jennings: GUITARIST PLAYING “AULD LANG SYNE.” I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES WE’VE HEARD IT TODAY, BUT WE HAVEN’T HEARD IT THIS WAY.>>THAT WAS TERRIFIC. THAT WAS FANTASTIC. GUY LOMBARDO NEVER SOUNDED LIKE THAT.>>Jennings: SOMEBODY SAID GUY LOMBARDO IT WAS NOT. JAY LENO WISHING EVERYBODY IN CALIFORNIA AND THE REST OF THE COUNTRY HAPPY NEW YEAR. OUR COVERAGE WILL CONTINUE. MR. HILL? YEAH? MAY I SPEAK WITH YOU…
PRIVATELY? SURE. EXCUSE ME. I’M SORRY TO HAVE TO
TELL YOU THIS… ( room quiets ) BUT, YOUR CREDIT CARD,
MR. HILL… WHO RESIDES AT
2965 PINE STREET… HUSBAND TO CAROL… FATHER TO JIM AND DIANE… MR. HILL, WHO HAD AN ITCHY RASH
ALL OF LAST SUMMER… AND DOESN’T HANG UP
THE BATHROOM TOWELS… YOUR CREDIT CARD,
MR. HILL… HAS BEEN DECLINED. WHAT IF A CREDIT CARD COMPANY COULD SEND YOU
AN EMAIL REMINDER BEFORE YOU REACHED
YOUR CREDIT LIMIT? DISCOVER CARD CAN DO JUST THAT. THANKS. Hmmm… A FRIENDLY CREDIT
LIMIT REMINDER. THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING MORE
TO DISCOVER. z (droning music plays) (droning stops) (rock music bursts)>>Jennings: TIMES SQUARE AND LET’S HAVE A QUICK LOOK AT UNION SQUARE IN SAN FRANCISCO. JUDY MULLER, HOW’S IT GOING?>>OH, IT’S GOING GREAT, PETER. ALL DAY LONG, WE’VE BEEN WATCHING THE REST OF THE WORLD MARCH INTO THE MILLENNIUM. AND IT STARTED TO FEEL LIKE THOSE DAYS WHEN THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS WERE ANNOUNCEDEFORE CALIFORNIA VOTERS COULD GET TO THE POLLS. AND WE’RE GOING, WAIT, WAIT, WHAT ABOUT US? WHAT ABOUT US? AND FINALLY, WE HAD OUR CHANCE TO CELEBRATE WITH THE REST OF YOU. I KNOW YOU MUST BE EXHAUSTED, BUT WE’RE REALLY JUST STARTING TO PARTY HERE.>>Jennings: I MUST CONFESS, I’M VERY INVIGORATED BY THE CELEBRATION IN SAN FRANCISCO. AND I WAS THINKING JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO FOR BOTH YOU AND ME, PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS ARE GOING TO SEEM RATHER DULL AFTER THIS.>>SURE IS.>>Jennings: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN THE REST OF THE NIGHT THERE?>>THE REST OF THE NIGHT, PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO DANCE. THEY’RE DANCING OUT IN THE STREETS, LEAVING THE SQUARE. AND I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE JUST MORE PARTIES. THE HOTEL WHERE I’M STAYING RIGHT BEHIND ME, BELIEVE, IS JUST PACKED WITH PARTY-GOERS. SO I DON’T KNOW WHEN WE’LL GET ANY SLEEP.>>Jennings: YOUR MAYOR TOLD US A LITTLE WHILE AGO THAT EVERYTHING IN TOWN HAS BEEN JUST AS SMOOTH AS SILK.>>IT’S BEEN BEAUTIFUL.>>Jennings: HAPPY NEW YEAR.>>HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU.>>Jennings: JUDY MULLER IN UNION SQUARE. WE’VE SEEN IT AROUND MUCH OF THE WORLD TODAY, PEOPLE WANTING TO HAVE A SPIRITUAL MOMENT AMONG ALL OF THE CELEBRATION. WE HAD QUITE A SHOW OUT THERE IN UNION SQUARE, BOTH SPIRITUAL AND OTHERWISE TONIGHT. WE’VE MANAGED TO CATCH UP WITH THE SETS ON EITHER SIDE OF THE MILLENNIUM STORY. IT TURNS OUT THERE IS NOT ONE SET OF TWINS IN INDIANAPOLIS, BUT THREE SETS OF TWINS IN BERLIN, IN GERMANY, IN FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, AND IN INDIANAPOLIS. THIS IS INDIANAPOLIS. ONE TWIN BORN IN THE 20th CENTER AND ONE TWIN BORN IN THE 20 21st CENTURY. THERE HAVE BEEN TIMES TODAY WHEN THOSE OF US IN NEW YORK HAVE TAKEN SLIGHTLY OF A BACK HAND TO SEATTLE, WHICH SHOULD NOT HAVE OCCURRED. THEY HAD A CELEBRATION IN SEATTLE TONIGHT. AS YOU KNOW, THE CITY CELEBRATION WAS CANCELED, BUT THEY DID HAVE FIREWORKS UP THERE TONIGHT. SO FROM ALL OF US HERE IN THE EAST TO ALL OF YOU IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST, A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR. WE KNOW IT HAS BEEN A VERY TRYING TIME FOR YOU AS IT DID LOOK FOR A WHILE VERY MUCH AS IF SEATTLE WAS GOING TO BE A TARGET ON THIS EVENING. AND THOUGH IT WAS A VERY CONTROVERSIAL DECISION, THE MAYOR OF SEATTLE DECIDED FIRST TO CANCEL THE PUBLIC CEREMONY AROUND THAT FAMOUS NEEDLE, THE SYMBOL OF SEATTLE IN SO MANY WAYS AND THEN THE PRIVATE PARTY THAT WAS GOING TO BE HELD UP THERE AS WELL WAS ALSO CANCELED. BUT FIREWORKS TONIGHT IN SEATTLE WE’RE GLAD TO SEE, BECAUSE IT ENGAGES THE CITY WITH US AND THE REST OF THE WORLD. SPEAKING OF WHICH, ABC’S BOB BROWN HAS SPENT A VERY LONG, AND WE THINK, VERY PRODUCTIVE DAY GATHERING THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY AS WE HAVE MOVED ACROSS THE WORLD. AND HERE IS HIS LATEST RENDITION OF WHAT HAS HAPPENED AS ONE CENTURY HAS TURNED OVER TO THE OTHER.>>PAST THE MIDNIGHTS TOWARD THE DAWNS, WHAT PEOPLE FEARED MIGHT HAPPEN AND WHAT THEY HOPED WOULD. THIS HAS BEEN A SPECTACLE IN WHICH ALL THE WORLD WAS A STAGE. AS NEW YORK CITY RAISED THE CRYSTAL BALL, IT WOULD DROP AT MIDNIGHT. A HUMAN CONDUCTOR LED A VIRTUAL ORCHESTRA WITH A LASER BATON. THE KIND OF TECHNOLOGY THAT HAS DEFINED THE END OF THIS MILLENNIUM. BUT THE FIRE OF OLD-FASHIONED ENTERPRISE HAS PLAYED A PROMINENT ROLE. AFTER ALL THE ISLAND OF KIRIBATI HAD THE INTERNATIONAL DATELINE RECONFIGURED SO IT WOULD BE THE FIRST TO CELEBRATE THE NEW MILLENNIUM. IT HAD SEEN HEAVY CASUALTIES DURING WORLD WAR II WHEN U.S. TROOPS DROVE OUT JAPANESE FORCES.>>MY DEAR CHILD, TAKE THESE TORCH OF PEACE AND HOPE SO THAT IT MAY LIGHT THE WHOLE WORLD.>>AN OLD MAN AND A BOY HEADED OUT TO SEA IN THE DIRECTION OF THE NEXT MIDNIGHT WHILE DANCERS CHANCED A GOOD BUY TO THE PAINT OF THE PAST IN A CEREMONY OF GOOD LUCK. HOW QUICKLY THINGS SEEM TO MOVE AFTER THAT. THEN NEW ZEALAND, THE FIRST CITY THAT MIGHT HAVE EXPERIENCED A MILLENNIUM BUG, THERE WERE NO REPORTED PROBLEMS, ONLY A GIANT CELEBRATION, ALTHOUGH IT WILL TAKE MUCH LONGER TO ASSESS WHAT’S REALLY HAPPENED TO THE WORLD’S COMPUTERS. AND AMONG THE MIDNIGHT THEATRICS OFTEN STAGED AROUND FAMILIAR LANDMARKS, THE SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, OPERA HOUSE OFFERED A PERFORMANCE UNLIKE ANY THAT HAD BEEN SEEN THERE BEFORE. DANCERS REPRESENTING SEA CREATURES FROM THE HARBOR ROAMED THE ROOF AS A MILLION PEOPLE WATCHED. CHINA, ONE OF THE COUNTRIES THAT GAVE FIREWORKS TO THE REST OF THE WORLD, HAD AN IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY OF ITS OWN IN SHANGHAI. BUT OFFICIALS ANXIOUS TO DISPEL CONCERNS THAT THE COUNTRY COULD BE A Y2K DISASTER, KEPT ITS AIRLINES FLYING PAST MIDNIGHT TO ENGENDER CONFIDENCE. AND IN BEIJING, THE OFFICIAL CELEBRATION THAT STARTED AT MIDNIGHT ENDED AT 12:08. ♪♪ FAR AWAY FROM THIS PERFORMANCE OF A NATIONAL TRADITIONAL MUSIC TROUPE IN SEOUL, KOREA, OTHERS WENT WHERE NO PHOTOGRAPH SIGNS WERE POSTED, TO HANG MESSAGES ON BARBED WIRE WISHING FOR PEACE IN THE NORTH. “GOD PLEASE LET THESE RERUIN 81S HAPPEN,” SAID ONE. ♪♪ THE SAME HOPES FOR PEACE IN DARCH AREA OF THE WORLD WERE REPRESENTED INTO JOINT CONCERT BETWEEN JOINT SINGERS IN DUBLIN IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND. AND EVIDENCE THAT HOPES CAN BE REACHED WAS ON ROBBEN ISLAND WHERE NELSON MANDELA SPENT MOST OF HIS 26 YEARS IN PRISON BEFORE BECOMING PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA. SO MANY SYMBOLS OF THE PAST CENTURY WERE LIT BY THEIR CELEBRATIONS. MOSCOW, THE CAPITAL OF A NATION WHICH CAME INTO BEING IN REVOLUTION, BECAME A SUPERPOWER, THEN DISSOLVED IN DISARRAY, DESPITE TERRIBLE PROBLEMS, MOSCOW CELEBRATED IN STYLE. BUT ON THE HORN OF AFRICA, TERRITORY OVER WHICH THE SUPERPOWERS ONCE STRUGGLED, ABC’S JIM WOOTEN FOUND SILENCE.>>GOING FROM MIDNIGHT IN MOSCOW TO MIDNIGHT IN ALLEYADAY, JUST LISTEN. THERE’S NOT A SOUND HERE. 11,000 REFUGEES FROM SA MALLIA HAVE GONE TO BED.>>Reporter: IN BETHLEHEM DESPITE FEARS OF TERRORISM, THE CELEBRATION WAS PEACEFUL AND MAGNIFICENT BEFORE A CROWD THAT WAS OVERWHELMINGLY PALESTINIAN. FROM THE STREETS OF INDIA FILLED WITH UNBRIDELED CELEBRATIONS TO THE STUNNING VIEWS OF THE ACROPOLIS IN GREECE, A MASTERPIECE BEFORE WE BEGAN COUNTING THESE LAST TWO MILLENNIA, THE VISUAL FEAST GOT BETTER AND BETTER. SITES WE THOUGHT WE KNEW WELL SUCH AS THE EIFFEL TOWER IN PARIS, WERE COMPLETELY REDRESSED FOR THE OCCASION. CITIES LIKE LONDON ADDED NEW TECHNOLOGICAL MARVEL, THE MILLENNIUM DOME COST MORE THAN $1 BILLION AND SHOWED OFF THE OLD ONES AS NEVER BEFORE. RIO PROVIDED A SHOT OF ADRENALINE THAT COULD ONLY HAVE COME FROM RIO. AND THEN IT WAS TIME FOR THE COUNTDOWN IN THE U.S.>>3, 2, 1!>>Reporter: THE CLOCK FINALLY SWEPT INTO OUR OWN TIME ZONES AS IF IT HAD BEEN WOUND EVEN MORE TIGHTLY BY THE EVENTS THAT HAD PRECEDED THESE FOR 18 HOURS. 2 MILLION PEOPLE LET LOOSE IN TIMES SQUARE. THERE WAS SO MUCH TO LOOK AT, IT BOGGLED THE SENSES. A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD THAT JULES VERNE COULD BARELY HAVE IMAGINED. BUT WHAT STOOD OUT AMONG ALL THE PYROTECHNICS IS THE HUMANITY THAT WE SO OFTEN DOUBT BUT SAW HERE ON ONE OF ITS BETTER DAYS. STRETCHED FROM THE GREAT AND THE SMALL TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.>>Jennings: THANK I YOU, BOB BROWN. IN A MOMENT, WE’RE GOING TO GO TO THE BIG CYPRESS SEMINOLE INDIAN RESERVATION IN FLORIDA, WHERE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF THEIR FANS CAUSED A STAMPEDE TO GET THERE TONIGHT JUST TO HEAR PHISH. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK. IT HELPS YOU SLEEP. THIS IS… IT HELPS YOU SLEEP, TOO. THEY BOTH HAVE
THE EXACT SAME AMOUNT OF THE EXACT SAME
SLEEP INGREDIENT. BUT TYLENOL PM
HAS ADDED MEDICINE FOR HEADACHES, BACKACHES,
EVEN FEVER. DO YOU HAVE A HEADACHE? UH-UH! BACKACHE? FEVER? UH-UH! UH-UH! THEN WHY TAKE MEDICINE FOR IT? TAKE… AHH… IT’S A SAFE,
NON-HABIT FORMING WAY… TO FALL… – WELL, IT RAINED.oo
– A STATE OF EMERGENCY
HAS WASHED AWAY ROADS– FOR THREE STRAIGHT DAYS
IT RAINED. SERIES OF STORMS COMING– THEN THE LEVY BROKE. FOUR-FOOT WAVE WASHED
THROUGH TOWN–
TORE EVERYTHING UP. [ Woman ]
OH, A LOT OF PEOPLE
LOST EVERYTHING. – EVERYTHING THEY HAD.
– ANOTHER PROBLEM WAS,
WE HAD ALL THIS WATER. BUT YOU COULDN’T DRINK
A DROP OF IT. THAT’S WHEN THE TRUCK
FROM MILLER ROLLED UP. – I SEE IT,
AND I’M THINKING, “BEER ?”
– BEER ? – BEER ?
– BUT IT WAS WATER.
– THEY STOPPED BOTTLING BEER ? THEY STOPPED BOTTLIN’ BEER
AND BOTTLED WATER FOR US
INSTEAD. [ Announcer ] MILLER–
PART OF THE PHILIP MORRIS
FAMILY OF COMPANIES– DONATED THOUSANDS OF GALLONS
OF DRINKING WATER
TO DISASTER VICTIMS LAST YEAR. FOR DECADES, PHILIP MORRIS
HAS ASSISTED COMMUNITIES IN
DISTRESS ALL AROUND THE WORLD. ACTUALLY, I COULD’VE USED
A BEER RIGHT THEN. [ Laughing ] BUT THAT’S ANOTHER STORY.>>Announcer: “ABC 2000” CONTINUES LIVE FROM TIMES SQUARE. ONCE AGAIN, PETER JENNINGS.>>Jennings: IT’S A LITTLE LARD TO SEE IT FROM UP HERE, BUT THE 2000 CELEBRATION CONTINUES IN TIMES SQUARE. IT WILL UNTIL ABOUT 4:00 OR 5:00 IN THE MORNING. BY THAT I MEAN THE

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