Stories by Thomas Hoffmanand Julia King

Early Warning Signs of Y2K Glitches

When Mary Bandar didn't report to kindergarten as instructed by Minnesota state officials in 1993, she had a valid excuse: The 104-year-old Winona resident had already done her time with blocks and crayons. State computers mistook her as a 4-year-old because "89" was at the end of her birth date.