Sunday, September 09, 2018

20 Years Ago on Sept. 9, 1998 -- Mark McGwire Hits 62; Followed by the Starr Report Preview

September 9, 1998: Mark McGwire hit his 62nd home run the night before (we didn't publish a real-time update); so we led with the story in the top spot the next day:

However, Mac was bumped from the top spot by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, who sent his report to Congress. I only have a screenshot of my offline copyfit mockup; you can see how the first promo runs to three lines, throwing off the alignment of the block and adding some space to the bottom of the right column; I'm not sure if that's the version we ultimately published.

Anyway, you'll see a lot more of this during the coming days.
1998_09_09b Crop
[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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