Saturday, April 20, 2019

20 Years Ago on Apr. 20, 1999 -- A High School Shooting Becomes... Columbine

April 20, 1999: Tuesday started out as a regular day; the morning lineup was a bright and sunny weather forecast promo, with market news (that to the previous day's stock movements but still managed to sound generic), and pet shopping:
Around mid-morning, we got word of a shooting at a school in Colorado. I seem to recall doing the content update and going to lunch not soon after.
By the time I got back from lunch, there were more reports of what had happened. And that's when Columbine became... Columbine.
[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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