Saturday, January 26, 2019

20 Years Ago on Jan. 26, 1999 -- Another Pretty Smiling Blonde Stock Photo Woman, John Elway, and the Pope

January 26, 1999: Another weight loss/healthy eating promo featuring Pretty Smiling Blonde Stock Photo Woman, another "Talk Is Cheap" AIM promo, and a video game shopping promo that name checks Lara Croft, Luke Skywalker, and Solid Snake. The My News headline captured in the snapshot is about the 1999 Colombia earthquake:
For the PM update, we featured our Super Bowl package using a photo of John Elway; the only other change is the updated My News headline, which says "Pope Compares Abortion to Slavery." The referenced pope is Pope John Paul II, whose views on abortion were very different from the current and much-beloved Pope Francis, who has compared abortion to Nazi eugenics and contract killings:
[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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