The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

PBS doc on OKC bombing pushes hard on vague, distant connections

To its credit, the “American Experience” documentary airing tomorrow night on PBS about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing has little patience with extravagant and bizarre conspiracy theories that have flourished … Continue reading

February 6, 2017

PBS doc on OKC bombing signals anew the significance of 1995

PBS on Tuesday is to air an “American Experience” documentary about the deadliest episode of home-grown terrorism in U.S. history, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The program revisits a … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 1 Comment

The ’90s: With us still

In ways metaphoric and real, the 1990s linger, offering reference points and context for contemporary events and personalities. A telling example came at Times Square on New Year’s Eve, when … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

Colin Powell, three electoral votes, and what might have been

Colin Powell, the former U.S. secretary of state and a hero of the 1990-91 Gulf War, scored three electoral votes for president in this week’s formal election of the next … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

The mixed lessons of the Dayton accords, 21 years on

Twenty-one years have passed since U.S.-backed negotiations at Dayton, Ohio, produced an agreement ending the brutal war in Bosnia, Europe’s deadliest conflict since the time of the Nazis. The agreement … Continue reading

November 20, 2016

When the U.S. stood still: Awaiting the O.J. verdicts in 1995

The watershed year 1995 produced two flashbulb events in America — moments so powerful and memorable that for years afterward people remembered where they were, and what they were doing, … Continue reading

October 2, 2016 · 4 Comments

Clinton-Lewinsky affair hovers over presidential campaign 21 years later

I was asked at the launch last year of my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began, whether the Clinton-Lewinsky sex-and-lies scandal would resurface during the 2016 presidential campaign. … Continue reading

September 30, 2016 · 5 Comments

The ‘Netscape Moment,’ 21 years on

Tomorrow marks the 21st anniversary of the “Netscape Moment” of 1995, the day when a Silicon Valley startup’s eye-popping market debut illuminated the World Wide Web for millions of people … Continue reading

August 9, 2016

The O.J. Simpson case: Five readable books

The recent bouts of television-induced fascination with the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder case have eased, thankfully. But residual interest is keen enough that suggestions for reading in some depth about … Continue reading

July 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

ESPN’s O.J. doc: Less exceptional than its rave reviews

For a five-part documentary that lasted nearly 8 hours, ESPN’s much-hyped treatment of O.J. Simpson was often short on nuance and explanatory detail. The film in the end was far … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · 7 Comments

ESPN’s documentary about O.J. Simpson: A dissenting view

Amid the glowing, even fawning reviews of ESPN’s docu-series about O.J. Simpson, herewith is a dissenting view. The first of five installments of O.J.: Made in America aired last night, … Continue reading

June 12, 2016 · 6 Comments

‘Everything O.J. is in the zeitgeist right now’

Call it the long reach of 1995. It is rather remarkable that a 21-year-old murder case — in which most people now think defendant O.J. Simpson committed the grisly crimes … Continue reading

May 10, 2016 · 5 Comments

Misportrayals and missing DNA: Closing observations about flawed O.J. miniseries

In its finale the other night, the popular FX cable miniseries about the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder case again played fast and loose with the record, putting dramatic words he … Continue reading

April 8, 2016 · 7 Comments

Beyond 1995: Accounting for the pop culture allure of the O.J. case

The week brought word that Martin Sheen plans to produce a docu-series claiming O.J. Simpson was innocent of the brutal slayings in 1994 of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, … Continue reading

April 2, 2016 · 5 Comments