Thursday, November 15, 2018

20 Years Ago on Oct... er Nov. 15, 1998 -- Dateline Mistakes, Online Crosswords, Aborted Airstrikes

November 15, 1998: The lead graphic promo features My News online crossword puzzles; I remember working with a graphic designer to come up with a crossword puzzle excerpt that was at least not possible (unlike the first version we came up with).

More notably, it looks like I screwed up the dateline, putting October instead of November. I have every reason to believe it wasn't just a preview error, but actually went live. (Not sure if it was caused by reusing a previous promo block and forgetting to change the date, or just a brain fart causing me to forget what month it was.)


We also did a rare Sunday update; the Clinton administration ordered, then aborted airstrikes against Iraq over tensions involving weapons inspections; as you can see, I updated the existing promo block, including the month error:
[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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