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The first issue of Gambit featured several antiquated but somewhat prescient stories. Judge for yourself how well they predicted the future in New Orleans.

The computer age has arrived. George Lucas makes movies with them, paint stores mix paint with them, the Dallas Cowboys draft all-pros with them, and now, through the good graces of the Mattel Corporation, you can pick horses with them. Horses? Yes, that's right. Horses.

— "Computers at the Track," Joe Bucher

The New Orleans City Council wil soon award a 15-year cable television franchise, and the resulting network should be the most advanced and sophisticated in the world. Properly planned, operated and regulated, it could be the standard by which cable technology is managed into the 21st century.

  Take a deep breath and peruse the following partial list of proposed services:

  • Up-to-date movies, stage plays, Las Vegas shows and nightclub acts.

  • Sports events live from all over the world, some announced in Spanish or French.

  • A 24-hour satellite news service.

  • Specialized programs for the elderly, minorities, children and others.

  • Home computers, home banking, home shopping and university credit courses.

  Not every franchise bidder is offering all these services to everyone initially, but these and more should be available throughout the city eventually.

— "Proposals and Promises," Newton E. Renfro

[Stocker] Fontelieu says he's hopeful but skeptical of whether the community will support a full-time professional theater company like Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum or Minneapolis' Tyrone Guthrie Theater or Houston's Alley. "I'd like to believe New Orleans can support more theater, including a rep house, but I'd be leery," he said.

— "Theater Boom," Richard McKinney

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