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Then suddenly, babies and mother fly away. Tony Soprano, gritty mobster boss in working-class New Jersey, suddenly faints. It is master class writing and acting. It should be remembered as a milestone of Americana and reflective of the rising American condition: The casting off of an old self but overwhelmed at the turning, the future only faintly visible through a glass darkly.

In hindsight, it may be worth noting that "The Sopranos" premiered in January 1999, the last year of the second Christian millennium and the last year before the decade that brought 9/11, Gore v. Bush, the invasion of Iraq, Osama bin Laden, Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE, Ron Paul, the Gadsden flag, the Tea Party and dozens of state sovereignty movements spontaneously erupting across America. And Sarah Palin.