Thursday, December 20, 2018

20 Years Ago on Dec. 20, 1998 -- New Cars for 1999, PC-Buying, and Holiday Outfits. Plus, What Was Buzzsaw?

December 20, 1998: The promo block featured a color scheme seemingly inspired by Yellow Cabs, with a standard holiday lineup. For updates on the Clinton impeachment, we let the dynamic news headline (not seen here) do the work.

In the ad block, the lower right house ad says "Buzzsaw Knows." I had to look it up, but it was apparently one of AOL's online humor plays. (Maybe an AOL Greenhouse project? Who knows?):
[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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