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Special Event

Millennium 2000: Times Square, an Engagement to Remember; Granbury, Texas Goes 'Back to the Future'

Aired January 1, 2000 - 0:40 a.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: There's been a big celebration in New York City, especially one at Times Square, but a very personal thing has happened between two people there. Our own Gary Tuchman...

I don't want to spill the beans completely, Gary.

GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, Judy, Times Square is empty now but there are a lot of stories in the big city. Great story happened tonight as we entered the new millennium. This couple right over here, this couple, these two standing next to me from Ohio, this gentleman proposed to this lady, and you said?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I said yes.

TUCHMAN: Show me what you have on your finger.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I have a beautiful engagement ring, beautiful. I love it.

TUCHMAN: Now tell me the story. Was there any doubt she would say yes to you?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yeah, I was a little bit worried coming up here, but the clock -- the clock ticked down, and luck was on my side. She said yes. It's the best New Years I've ever had in my life.

TUCHMAN: Tell me exactly when you proposed, or was it before or after the millennium began?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I waited till the end of the countdown, and when some fireworks went off and we could hear voices again, I proposed to her, and she said yes.

TUCHMAN: So it wasn't the year 2000?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: No -- Yes, it was the year...

TUCHMAN: You ought to know that, what year you proposed to her. So when are you going to get married?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I don't know. I don't know. I just found out about it now. TUCHMAN: We're glad you said yes. Lot of people having a good time here in Times Square, especially this couple, as they celebrate the new millennium in a very nice way.

Bernie and Judy, back to you.

WOODRUFF: Gary, what are their names. You going to tell us?

BERNARD SHAW, CNN ANCHOR: I think he's going away from us.

TUCHMAN: Folks, can you still hear me?

SHAW: Yes, we can.

TUCHMAN: Well, you know, one question I didn't ask you guys, a very important one. So everyone in the world is watching right now knows your names. What are your names?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Suzanne Hall.

TUCHMAN: And your name.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Jay Erickson.

TUCHMAN: Very nice meeting you. Good luck to both of you.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Thank you.

TUCHMAN: Bernie and Judy, back to you.

SHAW: And quickly to Texas. Candy Crowley is in Texas.

And Candy, there's love in the air.

CANDY CROWLEY, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, there is. I can't come up with a couple about to be married, however, we have run several times into a young married woman who is very pregnant, says she's about to give birth any day, and she has written "Baby 2000" across her belly, which she's shown us several times.

We are here at Granbury, Texas. What you're looking at is the courthouse, which really is the centrifugal force of this town around which all of the New Year's Eve activities have gathered. Right now, they're listening to the tones of Larry Joe Taylor, a Texas-bred country western singer. He is the one that is going to lead the countdown to New Years here in this small town of about 6,000. There's 2,000 to 3,000 here in the town square, various activities, you know, painters, palm readers, sort of a mix of a kind of a circus and New Year's Eve -- It's a family time. Children, they just got finished doing the conga to one of the songs here.

Right now, what they're waiting for is what people in every city we've seen so far in the last 22, 23 hours are waiting for, and that is for the strike of midnight when they will listen to the bell peal on the top of this courthouse. This bell was constructed by the same firm that did Big Ben. It is something they're very proud of. They will also tell you that it has rung in one century before this, so this is the second century for this town of Granbury, which really has sort of become a historic restoration and has moved from an agricultural community, and then in the '60s, began its restoration. Now is a big tourist attraction.

And so they have thrown this New Year's Eve party and calling it "Back to the Future," because indeed, this town found its future in its past by reconstructing all of these buildings, some of them from the late 1900s into the -- I'm sorry, the late 1800s into the 20th century. So they are prepared here.

We have less than a half hour to go. Children ranging from babies up to elderly couples have been in the town square, and they're just waiting like everyone else has across the world for midnight to strike.

Bernie and Judy?

SHAW: Candy, I listened very closely to you always, and earlier in one of your reports, you said the town square is the epicenter there?

CROWLEY: It is. I mean, the town square is sort of what they have built up around -- The town is obviously bigger than this, but this is where sort of the centrifugal force, really. The town's main shops are around here, mostly antiques, souvenirs, that kind of thing. I have to tell you there's a lot of folklore that they pass along to the tourists that come here.

Also -- And this will give you an idea of what sort of town it is. Twenty-six bed and breakfasts are here.

SHAW: My goodness.

CROWLEY: So people across Texas -- We were at bed and breakfast this morning, and we're with two couples who are celebrating their anniversary. So this is -- draws them in from all around Texas, and they were hoping that some would come from outside this town, and indeed they appear to have come from all over Texas here to help celebrate in Granbury.

WOODRUFF: And, Candy, picking up on your point about the lady with Baby 2000 or words to that effect written across her belly, courtesy of the Reuters wire service, two twin boys born in Berlin, Germany this night. One born in one millennium, the second millennium, the other one born five minutes later in the third millennium.

SHAW: And wherever you're watching and listening...

CROWLEY: That's great. They win.

SHAW: To you, our viewers, wherever you're watching and listening, our worldwide coverage as we get ready to pause for a moment look at this. Sunrise over Beijing. Sunrise over Beijing. Sunrise over Beijing, now over the Great Wall, and this is Tiananmen Square.

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