Wednesday, November 07, 2018

20 Years Ago on Nov. 7, 1998 -- Glenn Down, Newt Out

November 7, 1998: The lead promo featured a dressed-up Donna Summer reference in the service of a Personal Finance quiz, but the better headline was in the next text promo, "Glenn Down, Newt Out"—as in John Glenn returning from his second space flight and Newt Gingrich stepping down as Speaker.

The second text promo also features a John Glenn tie-in, since it promoted the Tom Wolfe book, A Man in Full, using a reference to his earlier work on the space race that featured Glenn as one of the Mercury Seven.
[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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