Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Millennium Countdown Clock Ticks.(New Mexico & The West)

Byline: John Fleck Journal Staff Writer

* Nation's official timekeepers will mark the real start of the calendar's third thousand years

Our nation's official timekeepers will drop a ball tonight from a mast on the roof of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., to mark the real start of the new millennium.

This year's celebrations lack the fervor that surrounded last year's festivities as our collective odometer rolled over from 19 to 20.

But if the phrase "third millennium" means anything, it must mean our calendar's third thousand years. And by that measure, tonight is the correct night to celebrate the beginning of a new millennium, as Orion cartwheels across the southern sky at midnight. …

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