John Titor: 20 Years Ago Yesterday

Real time traveler or not, the most believable part of John Titor’s story was his eventual return to the year 2036. And it would seem we’re all along for the ride.

It’s been 20 years since Titor left his final goodbye on Art Bell’s Post2Post message board on March 24, 2001.

And it’s been five years since I last posted about it, myself.

Even without C204 units, we’re all in our own little time machines, steadily cruising to the same temporal destination. The only question is: What will we find when we get there?

I don’t really have too much else to say about Titor that I haven’t already, but it’d be odd not to acknowledge this peculiar anniversary. Even then, things have happened over the last five years that could make you wonder. The cancellation of the Olympics, for example. Who would have predicted that? Among other things…

It’s like a little blip in the timeline. A reminder of another potential universe. Circumstances change, but the outcome is similar. I won’t grind this point into the dirt, but I often think about Titor’s statements on timelines reconverging, and his quotes on how they may be altered:

“That secondary objective is basically to gather as much information about a worldline based on a set of observable variables when we first arrive. Your worldline met those conditions. What amazes me is why no one here wonders why Y2K didn’t hit them at all?” – John Titor, March 24, 2001

Ah, well. I’d like to think Titor was a time traveler from a parallel world, sharing his insights on a future that didn’t have to be. That’s at least exciting. But if he really was just an early Internet hoaxer, I’m sure he’s amused as ever that anyone’s still writing about him.

He could even be reading this post right now.

How’s it going, John?


Rob Schwarz

Writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. Editor-in-chief of Stranger Dimensions.

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