The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Late summer 1995, and the spate of media mergers

Twenty years ago this week, Disney Company revealed it was buying the parent corporation of ABC for $19 billion in what then was the second most-lucrative corporate merger ever in … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 5 Comments

What ‘Clueless’ at 20 can tell us about exploring the recent past

Clueless, surely the most memorable teen movie of 1995, turned 20 over the weekend, an occasion marked by more than a few retrospectives that considered how life differed back then. … Continue reading

July 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

20 years after its launch, Amazon showing an unlikable side

Twenty years after it opened for business online, Amazon.com is showing a meaner side that has become pretty obvious. The world’s largest online retailer delivers an enormous variety of products … Continue reading

July 14, 2015 · 18 Comments

The 1995 massacre at Srebrenica and its effects on U.S. policy

Twenty years ago this week, Bosnia Serb forces seized control of the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica in eastern Bosnia and soon after began rounding up, and killing, the Muslim men … Continue reading

July 9, 2015 · 10 Comments

Of space shuttles and love-sick woodpeckers, 1995

For NASA, 1995 was quite the robust year. The space agency in 1995 launched its 100th human mission, sending a crew of five Americans and two Russians into Earth orbit … Continue reading

July 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

1995 as tipping point: Recalling Smith Corona’s bankruptcy

Even as 1995 unfolded, it became clear that the year would be regarded as a hinge moment, as an important transitory time near the end of the millennium. As I … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

‘Cyberporn’ scare of 1995 demonstates the early Web’s corrective power

The demotion last month of Brian Williams, the former NBC News lead anchor, was testimony, at least in part, to the power of social media to expose and debunk. The … Continue reading

July 1, 2015 · 9 Comments