Thursday, August 09, 2018

20 Years Ago on August 9, 1998 -- Already Into Repeats

August 9, 1998: Nothing special above or below the fold, except the generic weather promo graphic is the exact same one I used the previous Wednesday.

This wasn't even the first repeat: The baseball promo photo from August 4 (featuring Ken Griffey, Jr.) was the same one we launched with on July 14.

Repeating promo text—and even entire lineups—was just the nature of the beast. I would at least try to tweak wording, though the promo graphic text at this point was baked in; I wasn't allowed to touch (and didn't even have) the source files.
[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the home page, 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.]

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