Monday, May 20, 2019

20 Years Ago on May 20, 1999 -- The Day After "Episode 1"; Georgia School Shooting

May 20, 1999: We entered a world no longer innocent of the knowledge of Jar-Jar Binks and midichlorians after the mid-week opening of Star Wars: Episode 1. For the other lead promos, we had AOL Hometown and the Phantom Menace PC game, while the My News headline references the Conyers, Georgia school shooting that wounded six, a month after Columbine:

For a mid-morning update, we put the PACT Pledge back into the top text promo, because clearly we weren't petitioning hard enough to stop school shootings.
For the PM update, we updated the lead promo with a pic from the Conyers shooting:
[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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