The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Recalling Bill Gates’ ‘Internet Tidal Wave’ memo, seminal document of the unfolding digital age

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, Bill Gates sent a lengthy internal memorandum to senior staff at Microsoft Corporation, declaring the internet “a tidal wave” that “changes the rules.” It was a … Continue reading

May 25, 2020

25 years on: Remembering the OKC bombing — and how the media erred

Twenty-five years on, powerful images of the Oklahoma City bombing — the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history — have proved to be timeless. There’s the jagged, ruined … Continue reading

April 17, 2020

The false equivalence of Trump and O.J. trials

Since the impeachment case against President Donald Trump sputtered to its inevitable conclusion early this month, the analogy has circulated that Trump’s acquittal should be considered akin to the popular … Continue reading

February 24, 2020

The enduring 1990s: Vivid context for contemporary life

The 25th anniversary of opening arguments in the O.J Simpson “Trial of the Century” fell last week and Court TV.com marked the occasion by launching a retrospective series about the … Continue reading

January 30, 2020 · 2 Comments

With us still: 1995, 25 years on

Twenty-five years have passed since the dawning of 1995 and the year’s enduring significance is more apparent than ever. Nineteen-ninety-five was a decisive time defined by watershed moments in new … Continue reading

December 31, 2019 · 2 Comments

Chuck Todd’s bad impeachment analogy

The impeachment case against President Donald Trump seems ominous in its outsize claims but is still quite thin on evidence. That, of course, hasn’t prevented Trump’s foes from pronouncing him … Continue reading

November 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Nobel Prize: Recognizing the 1995 discovery of the first exoplanet

Twenty-four years ago, an unassuming Swiss astrophysicist named Michel Mayor took the floor at a conference in Florence, Italy, to announce the discovery of an exoplanet — a planet orbiting … Continue reading

October 20, 2019

Recalling John Doe No. 2, phantom suspect of the 1995 OKC bombing

HLN aired recently a two-installment retrospective about the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing of 1995, as part of the cable outlet’s “How It Really Happened” crime series. The program’s timing was … Continue reading

September 30, 2019 · 3 Comments

The 1995 Blog turns five: A look back at five top posts

The 1995 Blog was launched five years ago today, in the run-up to publication of my book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The blog has served to promote the … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · 3 Comments

O.J. Simpson, egregious again: 25 years after ex-wife’s vicious killing, he says, ‘Life is fine’

In the run-up to today’s 25th anniversary of the vicious fatal stabbing of his ex-wife, O.J. Simpson declared: “Life is fine.” It was the latest crass and gratuitous remark by … Continue reading

June 12, 2019 · 3 Comments

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