In a similar editorial written one year ago for the December 1987 issue of Optical Engineering, I expressed my amazement at how quickly 1987 had seemed to pass. However, my attitude about 1988 is considerably different. Why? Because it was a presidential election year in the United States, which happens to be where I live. Those of you who either do not live in the U.S. or do not follow our election process that closely may not fully appreciate my state of mind, but it seems to me that it has now been several years since the beginning of 1987 and remember that 1987 was quite short.