I’m not a big fan of Woody Allen. He was funny forty years ago, but I think he’s now simply embittered and self-centered — and that’s not even considering his Foley-esque prediliction for young bodies. However, I have concluded that he’s something of a visionary. After all, only someone with a connection to the future could have written this dialog in the 1973 movie Sleeper:
Dr. Melik: [puzzling over list of items sold at Miles’ old health-food store] … wheat germ, organic honey and… tiger’s milk.
Dr. Aragon: Oh, yes. Those are the charmed substances that some years ago were thought to contain life-preserving properties.
Dr. Melik: You mean there was no deep fat? No steak or cream pies or… hot fudge?
Dr. Aragon: [chuckling] Those were thought to be unhealthy… precisely the opposite of what we now know to be true.
Dr. Melik: Incredible!
How did he know that the future would suddenly be characterized by attack vegetables and healthy junk foods?