August 24, 1998: The lead graphic promo spot is for the Entertainment Web Center's fall TV preview, with a pic of Will & Grace, which started its debut season in 1998.
Naturally, 20 years later, they couldn't leave well enough alone, and rebooted it.
One other thing I overlooked: Also in the August refresh, we renamed the fifth column, which used to be "Essentials," to "Free Products." Because everyone likes free stuff, and we were trying to increase clickthrough.
which relaunched with a new design on July 14, 1998.
I printed screencaps and saved them. 20 years later, I'm scanning them
in and posting them with a little commentary under the tag #20YearsAgoOnAOLcom.]