The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

‘Too tight’: The botched glove demonstration at O.J. ‘Trial of the Century’ in 1995

O.J. Simpson never testified at his months-long double-murder trial in 1995. But a consistent feature of the absorbing yet often-repellent case was that Simpson was never far from center stage … Continue reading

June 12, 2020

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

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 · 3 Comments

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

On portraits of Clinton and Monica’s blue dress

Five years ago in Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky wrote that it was time metaphorically “to burn the beret and bury the blue dress,” those cultural reminders of her dalliance as … Continue reading

August 31, 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

Fat new Holbrooke biography sheds little fresh insight on 1995 Dayton peace accords

I spent time recently with the fat, new, and acclaimed biography about Richard Holbrooke, principal architect of the 1995 Dayton Peace accords, and was surprised that it offered such scant … Continue reading

May 20, 2019

Recalling a senator’s ill-timed ’95 announcement for president

The death the other day of former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar stirred recollections about the unfortunate timing of his announcement in 1995 that he was seeking the presidency. Lugar, a … Continue reading

April 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

O.J. case ‘do over’: Why the ’95 trial is alive in popular consciousness

For Marcia Clark, the prosecutor who tried O.J. Simpson for double murder in 1995, and lost, The Fix series on ABC is something of a wishful do-over. More broadly the … Continue reading

March 31, 2019 · 4 Comments

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