Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Time It Was to Fall Back, and What a Time It Was

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Time It Was to Fall Back, and What a Time It Was

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Late Saturday night -- actually, early Sunday morning -- something wonderful happened, shortly after MeTV reran a classic "Batman" episode in which the Caped Crusader (Adam West) faced off against "special guest villain" Clock King (Walter Slezak).

The digital clock on my cable box magically leapt from 1:59 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The clocks on my iMac and my iPhone did likewise.

Woo-hoo!

Electric clocks were one of the big features in the Town of Tomorrow exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. But none of the clocks in the Town of Tomorrow adjusted themselves.

(Perhaps the self-adjusting ones were around the corner in the Town of the Day After Tomorrow.)

A few hours earlier on Saturday, I had tried (and failed) to see the new Marvel movie "Doctor Strange," starring the omnipresent Benedict Cumberbatch as the suave Greenwich Village surgeon-turned- sorcerer.

Apparently the 7:30 p.m. screening that I had hoped to attend sold out sometime around 4:30 -- thanks to the magic of digital technology.

As a 10-year-old outside the theater explained, "You go to the site and click on the showing you want, then download the UPC code to your phone. Then ..."

"Oh, shut up," I told him.

When I was 10, there was only one phone in my life. It was attached to the wall in our kitchen, and I wasn't allowed to use it without permission.

As for clocks: My father had a wristwatch and my mother had a small alarm clock next to her bed.

The end.

Today, I have three wristwatches and lots of clocks.

Everywhere.

One in my kitchen, one in my dining room, two in my living room, three in my bedroom ...

I also have a clock on my coffee machine, a clock on the front of my microwave oven and a clock on my automatic sprinkler system.

Last week, I bought a bag of carrots and there was a smiling clock in it, staring up at me.

"Time for carrots!"

As you (hopefully) know by now, daylight saving time, which began on March 13, ended, unremarkably, on Nov. 6. And, as always, reminders of the time change appeared in The Record, USA Today, The New York Times, the L.A. Times, the International Business Times, the London Times, the Irish Times, the Roanoke Times and, of course, Time magazine.

Some ambitious folks -- even those with far more clocks than I -- can't fall into bed on the final night of daylight saving time without "falling back" first. …

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