Koskinen will demonstrate how history repeats itself, Y2K-style

Koskinen will demonstrate how history repeats itself, Y2K-style

On New Year's Eve, time might actually fly, at least for the president's year 2000 czar.

John A. Koskinen, chairman of the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion, soon after taking that post, said he would spend the holiday on an airplane to demonstrate his faith in the air traffic control system.

But as the new year approaches, officials have realized that if Koskinen is in the air, he would not be on the ground.

He said recently that he will most likely need to be in Washington standing by for the federal government's year 2000 watch.

But time is on Koskinen's side. Most air traffic control systems operate on Greenwich Mean Time. Therefore, midnight GMT corresponds to 7 p.m. on the East Coast.

'I would be out on the 6:30 p.m. shuttle to New York, and I will be in the middle of the air when' the Greenwich clock strikes midnight, he said. When he arrives, he will board a return flight to Washington to await midnight EST.

—Christopher J. Dorobek

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