Tuesday, October 15, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 15, 1999 -- "Fight Club" Opens; Nobel Peace Prize; Lara Croft Returns

October 15, 1999: For the Fight Club opening, we went with a photo of Brad Pitt, in the least Fight Club photo imaginable. In the My News headlines, we see that Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) won the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize:
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For the PM update, we featured the return of Lara Croft in Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Monday, October 14, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 14, 1999 -- AIM 3.0; New Cars for Y2K

October 14, 1999: The morning was the standard AIM 3.0 chat promo; not sure why I have "Free Web Chat" penciled in on the printout. I guess "AIM 3.0 - New!" wasn't descriptive enough:
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For the PM update, we went with new cars for Y2K, leading with a... Ford Focus?
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Sunday, October 13, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 13, 1999 -- Airline Fare Drop; Wilt Chamberlain Dies; Test Ban Treaty Defeat

October 13, 1999: We started the morning with the usual Travel Airfare bargains, though as you see in the My News headlines, Pakistan was still dealing with the previous day's military coup, then...
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...for the PM update, we switched to a package on Wilt Chamberlain, who died at 63. Also, we see a headline about the US Senate rejecting the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Saturday, October 12, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 12, 1999 -- Invest Smarter; Build Your Own Web Site; Pakistan Coup

October 12, 1999: We started out with investing resources and personal finance news, fitting the bubble times we were in.

Also note the ad for "iParty.com" in the ad block; it was an online party supplies store. It would later be bought out by Party City:
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For the PM update, we went back to the Build Your Own Home Page promo, in blue once again. In the My News headline, we learn about the 1999 Pakistan coup:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Friday, October 11, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 11, 1999 -- Wedding Bells; Fall in Love

October 11, 1999: We started off the workweek with a wedding feature. Also, for the remainder of this feature, you're going to see a lot more of these preview-only blocks, instead of full-page previews. Not sure why:
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For the PM update, we went with another generic Love@AOL photo personals promo, though I notice we hadn't used the actual Love@AOL branding in the most-recent promos.

In the corporate links section on the bottom, we see a link to the AOL 5.0 Launch Webcast archive, which I'm sure was gripping viewing:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Thursday, October 10, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 10, 1999 -- Another Sports Roundup

October 10, 1999: Sunday sports roundup, this time focusing on baseball. With the timing of the postseason, the photo is of either a Cleveland Indian or Atlanta Brave, I can't say I know my 1999 MLB rosters well enough:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 9, 1999 -- Get a New Ride

October 9, 1999: For Saturday, we went with new and used car buying, with a pic of a red Xterra:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 8, 1999 -- Be a Homeowner; Fall Game Guide

October 8, 1999: For Friday, we went with homebuying (not coincidentally, I was in the market as well):
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For the PM update, we went back to fall video games (Fall Harvest 1999) and Lara Croft; in the My News headlines, we see a delay on a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty in the US Senate, as well as Chile's Pinochet losing an extradition ruling:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Monday, October 07, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 7, 1999 -- Stock Watch; Find Online Love

October 7, 1999: Green meant personal finance (the Dow had just jumped the previous day); in the My News headlines, we referenced the House (that would be the Republican-controlled House) passing health care tax breaks, and a Hindu alliance winning in India:
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For the PM update, we went with faceless kissy woman stock art for Love@AOL photo personals:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Sunday, October 06, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 6, 1999 -- Build Your Own Home Page; Get a New Job

October 6, 1999: Didn't we just use this home page builder promo? Yes, yes we did (okay, we changed the headline a teeny bit); the My News headline shows the rising London train crash death toll:
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For the PM update, we went with "Get a New Job," kind of an odd choice for a weekday evening lineup:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Saturday, October 05, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 5, 1999 -- Express Travel; London Train Accident; "Buffy" Season 4 Premiere

October 5, 1999: We lead with a pretty generic travel deals block (check out that teeny laptop); the My News headlines reference a London train crash that killed 8 -- the ultimate death toll was 31, with 258 injured:
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For the PM update, we went back to TV premieres, with the Season 4 premiere of Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Friday, October 04, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 4, 1999 -- Watching the Fed; New PC Games (Can you name that goblin?)

October 4, 1999: We started off the workweek with the ever-lovely Alan Greenspan leading a stock market-focused lineup (the My News headlines reference waiting for a Fed interest rate decision):
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For the PM update, we went with a PC games lineup, including some sort of orc or goblin for a game I don't recognize. Also, a My News headline references the beginning of the Supreme Court's new term with Ruth Bader Ginsburg back on the bench; the Notorious RBG had had colon cancer surgery the previous month:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Thursday, October 03, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 3, 1999 -- Sunday Sports Roundup (Same Promo, Different Photo)

October 3, 1999: Once again, an NFL pic (the Cowboys' Troy Aikman) led a sports roundup lineup":
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 2, 1999 -- Once More with the Love@AOL Personals

October 2, 1999: We went once again with Love@AOL photo personals and generic stock photo couple almost kissing:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

#20YearsAgoOnAOLcom: Oct. 1, 1999 -- Plan a Wedding; "American Beauty"

October 1, 1999: Welcome to October with Plan a Wedding; the My News headlines references a Japanese nuclear plant advisory and China's 50th anniversary (pretty sure they were around prior to 1949). Also check out the "And check out" link dumping ground at the bottom of the Web Centers listing: "Pick a Pet" and "Are You Too Fat?"
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Heading into the weekend with the PM update, we led with Mena Suvari from American Beauty, which opened wide:
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[Series note: In the late 1990s, I programmed the content for the AOL.com 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.]