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The Y2K Kid turns 15

By Jim Bucher

Photo: Jim Bucher [left] and Dale Huffman [right] hold Josie Pett, the first baby born in the year 2000

On Jan. 1, 2015, Josie Pett had a birthday.

Why is this a big deal? Well, because 15 years ago, Josie was the first baby born, as far as we can tell, in the new millennium: the Y2K Kid.

Let’s back up to a few months before that.

My friend, former Dayton Daily News columnist Dale Huffman and I, back in my TV news reporting days at Channel 2, teamed up to document the life of the first baby born in the year 2000.

Dale wrote and I spread the word on television, then we sat back and waited.

The call came from Miami Valley Hospital that a little girl was born to Ahndrea and Jack Pett of Miami Township at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2000.

From that point on we began what has become an awesome journey in print and on TV following young Josie’s life.

It’s funny to think now that some worried the technical world might fall apart as we welcomed in the new millennium.

Not only did we survive, but our inventive spirit has flourished with every day bringing new mind-boggling adventures and technology of every kind.

But with all the change, this is a simple story of a young girl and the little things in life.

We were there for her christening; her first haircut; and we even woke her up at 5 a.m. on live TV for Channel 2’s morning news program.

Fast forward to 2015.

Dale no longer writes for the paper and my TV reporting days are over, but thanks to the fine folks here at Dayton City Paper, Josie’s story continues.

“Josie has grown up to be a beautiful young lady both inside and out,” boasted mom Ahndrea.

“She has a very big heart and is always eager to help others and is blessed with a great family (if I do say so myself) and lots of support,” she added.

What’s hard to believe for this honorary uncle is picturing her on a two-wheeler not so long ago, and the fact that she’ll soon be graduating to four.

“It scares Jack and me that she will have her driving temps in six months,” Ahndrea said. “I will warn you to stay off the road when she is driving. We kid around, she is so short and we’re not so sure she can reach the pedals.”

With the family’s recent move to Kettering, Josie attends Fairmont High School and is a member of the Firebirds swim team.

“Practice is six days a week and is tough, but my motto is, ‘never give up’ and ‘fear will get you nowhere,’” Josie said.

What happened this year on the big day?

“We had a wonderful party with a few close friends and took them to see ‘St. Vincent,’ which had a great moral to the story,” Ahndrea said. “We then had the kids back to the house for pizza, cake, some playing pool, lots of screaming and fun. The boys did not get to stay the night.”

So, what does a typical 15 year old like to do in 2015?

“I really enjoy life, and my favorite thing to do is go to church, swimming and writing stories,” Josie said. (Hey, maybe she can guest-write one of my columns soon.)

“If I end up being a successful writer then I may want to make some movies out of the stories I write.”

Other favorite things:

“Hanging out with friends is fun,” she said. “I really don’t have a least favorite thing about life because I enjoy life, love myself and love everyone in the world even if they don’t particularly love me back.”

This thoughtful young women sees too much hurt in the world and has one big wish.

“I would like to see everyone stop being mean and cruel in the world,” she said. “It would be great if people could just get along.”

My final thought, how does Josie feel about her life documented for the past 15 years?

“It’s great that people want to know more about me and follow year to year,” Josie said. “I do know there are people who have been following us since the beginning and it’s kind of cool.”

“I’m very excited for Josie’s future,” Ahndrea added. “Hopefully she’ll get that degree in entomology. (Bug studies.) I thought she might want to think of another career choice but she is head strong to study nasty bugs. God only knows what kind of critters she will have then, I may not go to her house.”

Happy birthday, Josie! Next up, Sweet 16.

By all means, please let us know where your folks are taking you to practice driving.

I’ll alert my readers to avoid the area.

Cheers,

(Uncle) Buch

A regionally known and loved local television icon for over 25 years, “Buch’s” followers describe him as trust-worthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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