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Walter Cronkite Predicts Telework Way Back in 1967


During a 1967 broadcast of the CBS show, “The 21 st Century,” the most trusted man in America reveals he was all about telework before it was cool (or possible).

“With equipment like this in the home of the future, we may not have to go to work,” said Cronkite, showing off what a home office in 2001 might look like. “The work would come to us. In the 21 st Century it may be that no home will be complete without a computerized communications console.”

Pretty spot on, actually. Clearly, Walter Cronkite was a Time Lord. Though, after looking at that “communications console,” is it just me or is the future way cooler than anyone predicted?

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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