Friday, December 07, 2018

20 Years Ago on Dec. 7, 1998 -- Sneaking in Employee Babies, and Garth Brooks

December 7, 1998: We didn't do anything to remember Pearl Harbor, but we did start the day with a graphic promo that read, "How Much Will This Baby Cost? Lowering the price of raising a child." I don't think it was a veiled shopping promo, but I have no idea what else it would have been.

The important thing is that the kid in the photo belongs to an employee (Will Schermerhorn on the My News team):

We didn't use employee photos very often, but we didn't actually sneak it in; I'm sure we got a release and everything; we even gave a proper photo credit below the fold: "Photo Credit: Erica courtesy of Robin and Will Schermerhorn."

That lasted until we started into primetime, where we switched over to Garth Brooks. I guess his live album, Double Live, which had been released in November, hit the top of the Billboard charts:
[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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