Welcome to True Review issue No. 99.
Back in 1979, Toto released its “99” on the band’s “Hydra” album.
What did “99” refer to? Some critics say it refers to the 99 percent chance that the singer can’t have the girl. Or that 99 percent of the time she would hate him if he would date her.
Or does it relate to TV’s “Get Smart’s” Agent 99, Barbara Feldon?
I think it relates to Feldon. At least I always thought so.
But this is issue No. 99 for True Review: the cusp of issue No. 100.
What do I know about 99?
In 1999, it was a dismal year for yours truly. I can remember a terrible drought. I remember there was enormous construction going on in the town of Ephrata, where I used to work, and it was a nightmare to drive in and out of. Lots of turmoil in 1999, let me tell you.
I don’t expect as much from this issue. But ‘99 was not a good year, and I have no fond memories of it.
Even when the artist Prince spoke about partying like it was ’99, if you look at the lyrics, they were frightened and apprehensive about the future.
I remain that way.