Outside magazine, January 1996
Last year was a mixed bag for Swein Macdonald, Scotland's most famous psychic. In this space, he accurately predicted that Florida would be hit by a June hurricane and that wolves "will survive" in Yellowstone. Unfortunately, he also foresaw an American winner in the Tour de France--on his way to racking up, by our reckoning, a tepid accuracy average of .454. Worse, the 64-year-old suffered physical woes that eerily paralleled his psychic pratfalls: In an accident last August, Swein fell off a tractor, which rolled over him and broke both his arms. "Just one of those things," he says in his thick Scottish brogue, "that happens in life."
Well said. Such resilience is why our beefed-up list of 1996 prognostications--this year's edition features plumb-bobs from two new seers who ply their trade in print and on TV--still has a place for the vermilion-cheeked one, who predicts good things for mankind as a whole and bad ones for Miguel Indurain and a certain Arkansas-bred Oval Officeholder.