Friday, January 25, 2019

20 Years Ago on Jan. 25, 1999 -- Personal Finance Up Front, Dilbert TV Cartoon in the Rear

January 25, 1999: The lead promo was a classic Personal Finance stock photo, "Hand Clutching Cash, followed by some super-obvious "Got Milk" plagiarism to hawk Hometown AOL. (The Got Milk campaign was about 6 years old by at that point. As an aside, I didn't know that the campaign's first ad, "Aaron Burr," was directed by Michael Bay.) 
For the PM update, we switched to the short-lived Dilbert animated prime time TV series.

[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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