Sunday, December 23, 2018

20 Years Ago on Dec. 23, 1998 -- Christmas Lights and Lara Croft

December 23, 1998: The lead graphic is Lara Croft (from Tomb Raider III) wearing a Santa hat. At this point, we were way past last-minute gifts (outside of gift cards and such), so we could stop beating the shopping drum so much. The other text promos were White Pages and buying books online.

The top headline is "Whoa, Baby, It's Cold Outside," which leads me to deduce two things: 1. There was a cold snap on the US East Coast, and 2. One of our human editors in the AOL Newsroom was indeed tweaking those headlines after they came off the wire.

Below the headline, you can see a late-season holiday customization: A string of mostly non-secular holiday lights. I think they were even animated.

[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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