Friday, November 23, 2018

20 Years Ago on Nov. 23, 1998 -- Crosswords, a Dow Record, and Buying Netscape

November 23, 1998: We started out with another My News crossword promo (rerun) and a generic Personal Finance stock market promo; this got swapped out with a late day update because...

...the Dow hit a new record (a dizzying 9,374.27); but wait, there's more! The top text promo says, "AOL Negotiating to Buy Netscape," which we were. People on the team were involved in the negotiations; for a while, we knew something was up, but we didn't know what, although we did get a codename: Project N. And now we knew why.
[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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