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Watch: What life is like after 44 years in prison

"I got off at Times Square and I was looking at the atmosphere, the new things that were happening," Otis Johnson.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: November 26, 2015 7:02:24 pm
Otis Johnson/ Source: YouTube Otis Johnson/ Source: YouTube

Imagine if you were transported from the 1960s to 2015, what would your reaction to the world be?

Akin to what ‘Marty McFly from Back to the Future II’ felt, 69-year-old Otis Johnson didn’t quite know what to make of the world he hadn’t been in for the past 44 years. In prison for attempted murder, Johnson’s reaction — which was one of astonishment — to a whole new world around him provides an interesting perspective in this Al Jazeera video.

Johnson, who was convicted for assault and attempted murder on a police officer, was amazed at the way technology has changed the way people live. “I got off at Times Square and I was looking at the atmosphere, the new things that was happening,” Johnson said in the video.

He saw people walking on the streets “speaking to themselves” but after taking a closer look “they had a ‘thing’ in their ears” and were speaking through that. “iPhones they call them, or something like that,” he laughed because he thought everybody had become the CIA; the last he saw people with wires in their ears, they were the CIA in the 1960s and 1970s.

Johnson was amazed at the little things as variety of food available in the market. “I look at all this crazy stuff they got at the grocery store, so I’ll try new things every once in awhile. The funny dinners, different coloured drinks, what do you call that? The gator stuff. Pink, blue, all those different colours… I’ll drink that every once in awhile just because it looks funny,” he said.

Watch the video here:

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