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  • Moment of Awesome: Burke pulls off an astonishing feat of timing a monologue on a rocket launch to coincide with an actual rocket launch.
    • And it wasn’t just any launch. It was the launch of Voyager 2, which would visit all the planets of the Outer Solar System.
  • Older Than They Think : Connections used the Hoe-Down suite from Aaron Copland's Rodeo as the background music in episode 8 when Burke was discussing the "great beef race" to deliver preserved beef to New Orleans. Most American viewers will recognize the music as the score to the extremely well-known "Beef: It's What's For Dinner" advertising campaign, but Connections tied the music to beef nearly 15 years before the ads appeared.
  • Vindicated by History : Too many to name.
    • Probably the biggest was at the end of The Day the Universe Changed when he shows a microchip and discussed how advances in computers and telecommunications could link the world together, something that you are using right this second.
    • Alternately, his repeated statements in the original Connections about how with a sufficiently powerful computer, a company, government, or other organisation could analyse arbitrary amounts of data about an arbitrary number of people and figure out the one thing that was most likely to affect their decision about something or other, and act on that knowledge. That's right, James Burke predicted Big Data. In 1978.

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