Picks and Pans Review: The People's Almanac Presents the Book of Predictions

updated 01/26/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

by David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace and Irving Wallace

Those wily Wallaces—son, daughter and father—strike again. With a staff of 21, including a "Predictions Managing Editor" and a "Psychic Consultant," the family has looked into the future and determined that their Almanac gimmick makes for sure-fire best-sellers. The people who do the predicting include Timothy Leary (yawn), Isaac Asimov (doesn't the man ever sleep?), Erskine Caldwell ("In the year 2030 the law of gravity will be repealed and facelifts will no longer be necessary"), Ashley Montagu, Alvin Toffler—all the names one has come to expect, if not dread, in such books. The last chapter chronicles 1982 to the year 3000. Sports fans will be interested to learn, for example, that in 1989, "Roger Maris' home run record of 61 is broken." Here is a prediction the book fails to make: In 2021, the Wallace grandchildren and an assembly line of thousands will produce such tomes every week. (Morrow, $12.95)

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