It Seems Like Just Yesterday…
I've been feeling a bit nostalgic lately.
Our Business Manager, Sherry, pointed out to me that I will have been employed at the radio station for twenty five years this upcoming October.
I saw this morning that it was twenty-five years ago this week that we watched O.J. Simpson struggle to put on the Aris Isotoner gloves in Judge Ito's courtroom.
Of course, this moment was the inspiration to Johnnie Cochran's famous "if it doesn't fit, you must acquit" closing argument. Fifty-seven million people tuned in to watch the trial.
So I thought, just for fun, I'll take a look back at what else was going on in 1995.
Do you remember the first time you saw a blue M&M? They were introduced in this year.
1995 was also the year over 7 million people subscribed to online computer services for internet access. Remember how speedy that dial-up connection used to be when you were jumping onto your AOL account? (Kids... ask your parents.)
Ford sold more trucks than cars for the first time with the advent of the sport-utility-vehicle (SUV). It was a huge hit with consumers.
Jennifer Aniston becomes a household name thanks to her role of Rachel Green on "Friends" and inspired her own hairstyle.
Who could forget tuning in every Thursday night for 'must see TV' on NBC with Seinfeld, Friends and E.R..
Other popular shows were Home Improvement, NYPD Blue and Frasier.
On the movie side of things, we were introduced to classics like Tommy Boy, Billy Madison, Clueless, Casino, Braveheart and The Bridges of Madison County.
Kevin Costner's "Waterworld" became the most expensive movie ever made at the time, costing an amazing $200 million dollars.
Nicolas Cage and Susan Sarandon won Oscars for their roles in Leaving Las Vegas and Dead Man Walking.
The biggest movie of the year was Toy Story.
(Are you getting tired of reading yet? I'm just getting warmed up!)
Top musicians of the year included Hootie & the Blowfish (yes, before Darius sang country), Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Smashing Pumpkins and Garth Brooks.
Alanis Morissette blew us all away with her album, Jagged Little Pill and won a Grammy for Album of the Year.
In sports, Dallas beat Pittsburgh in the Superbowl and Atlanta beat Cleveland in the World Series.
Some guy named Michael Jordan came out of retirement to play basketball again with the Chicago Bulls after a short stint with the Chicago White Sox minor league team didn't pan out.
(Just a few more, I promise!)
The top authors of the year included John Grisham, Michael Crichton, Danielle Steel and Stephen King.
Of course, Bill Clinton was our president... a stamp was thirty-two cents and the national average for a gallon of gas was a dollar and fifteen cents. (Those were the days!)
Keep your eyes open for as long as you can.
Blink and another twenty-five years will go by!