American Notes: Forsooth, Soothsayers

At the start of every year, pundits, astrologers and other assorted soothsayers crank out their predictions for the year ahead. Few take them very seriously, and judging by the 1970 performance, that is just as well. There were some outstanding goofs. Britain's Astrologer Maurice Woodruff predicted that Ronald Reagan would not be reelected. In Italy, Astaroth foresaw that Leonid Brezhnev would be ousted last spring and later murdered. In the U.S., Sybil Leek, self-styled queen of witches, revealed that in October, Richard Nixon would be caught up in a saucy sex scandal...

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