In 1989, Back to the Future II predicted we'd have video conferencing, flat screen TVs and a myriad of cable channels by 2015.
The '80s flick may have those things right, but it's doubtful we'll get a hoverboard any time soon.
That's the fun thing about predictions. You never know what might come true.
This year the Register quizzed local people on what they believe is in store for the coming year.
We'll revisit these predictions at the end of 2010 to see who was on the ball and who wasn't.
"I think this next year is going to be just as tough as last year if not tougher. I'm a little disappointed on how things are going at a local level. That's why I think things are going to be tough for the area... I have high hopes for the Indians though."
Nancy McKeen, former Erie County commissioner
"I think racial harmony will increase in the New Year. I think things are getting better, crime rates are getting better, the economy is getting better. I've had a better year this year than I ever have and that's proof things are getting better."
Johnny ReedCR Music Exchange
"I predict we, the United States, will begin to see a positive change in our economy. As the sheriff of Sandusky County, I cannot lose any more deputies. It does not only affect my office in a negative manner, but endangers the taxpayers of my county. I also predict there will be another cost-saving addition to the Sandusky County jail garden in 2010."
Kyle OvermyerSandusky County Sheriff
"The Cleveland Browns win the Super Bowl with Josh Cribbs as quarterback, gas prices continue to drop as technology increases and there is less demand for fossil fuels, Gov. Strickland gets re-elected in a close election, the walleye fishing season is one of the best ever, and Wylie the Walleye marries a fish called Wanda."
Jim SassOttawa County commissioner
"I hope things are looking up. The economy doesn't look great right now, so I hope things start looking better."
-- Josh Varney, Mr. Smith's Coffee House, Sandusky
For photos and video of area New Year's celebrations, visit Funcoast.com