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Dropping the Ball: Celebrating New Year's Eve, the Y2K Way... 

Originally published December 1, 1999

The pressure has never been greater to make it to midnight — if for no other reason that to count yourself among the millennial masses when the great odometer in the sky turns to 2-0-0-0. Like missing Woodstock, it will be hard to explain to future generations how — and why — you slept through Y2K eve. Or, depending on how things go, what you did to prepare for it.

Here’s what some notable Vermonters are doing … or not.

Judge F. Ray Keyser, Chelsea

retired Vermont Supreme Court judge

“I plan to stay up until 12 because, if I make it that far, I will have lived in three centuries. Not three generations — three centuries.”

Yolanda, Burlington

drag queen

“I am going to be running through the streets naked with a strap-on dildo in Montréal.”

Jessica Oski, Burlington

assistant city attorney

“A lot of people I know are going to Florida, but I’m supposed to be present at the Burlington Emergency Operation Center, located at the Burlington Police Station, in the event of any Y2K emergency."

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Paula Routly

Paula Routly

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Paula Routly came to Vermont to attend Middlebury College. After graduation, she stayed and worked as a dance critic, arts writer, news reporter and editor before she started Seven Days newspaper with Pamela Polston in 1995. Routly covered arts news, then food, and, starting in 2008, focused her editorial energies... more

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