Friday, September 20, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Sept. 20, 1999 -- Max Your 401(k); Fall TV with "Ally McBeal"; Taiwan Earthquake

September 20, 1999: We started out the week with a Personal Finance promo that focused on how to Max Your 401(k), which didn't seem incredibly hard during a bubble:
For the PM update, we went with more fall TV, featuring a photo of Calista Flockhart, since we were still at peak Ally McBeal. The My News headline references the 1999 Taiwan earthquake; this first news article cites 17 dead, though the final toll would be much, much higher. (Skipping ahead to future days, we let the News headline cover the story; we didn't give it the feature treatment.)

[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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