Friday, May 9, 2008

Sherman, set the WABAC machine to 1993!!

As I was cleaning up my funky house this morning it hit me that hey, it's May. Yeah, I know it's like the 9th or something but cut me some slack I've been doing stuff (read: avoiding housework) and more stuff (read: reading over 200 blogs) and the days got away from me!

This is the time of year where every high school senior is counting the days until graduation and figuring out how they can spend as little time as possible at school during the last few weeks/days or at least that's what I was doing 15 years ago this month!

That's right, 15 years ago I graduated from high school and I couldn't wait to walk that line!! Class of '93 rocks! (probably more like needs rockers but oh well)

Let's take a trip down memory lane so hop on in the WABAC (Wayback) Machine and see a few events that happended back in 1993.

March 8: Beavis and Butt-Head debuts on MTV. (Groundbreaking, I know.)

March 13-14: The Great Blizzard of 1993 strikes the eastern U.S., bringing record snowfall and other severe weather all the way from Cuba to Qu├ębec; it is reported to have killed 184.

March 29: The 65th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, are held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California, with Unforgiven winning Best Picture.

April 19: A 51-day stand-off at the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Texas, ends with a fire that kills 76 people, including David Koresh.

April 28: An executive order forces the United States Air Force to allow women to fly war planes.

April 30: The World Wide Web is born at CERN.

April 30: Tennis star Monica Seles is stabbed in the back by an obsessed fan of rival Steffi Graf at a tournament in Hamburg, Germany.

May: The class of 1993 everywhere prepares for one of the biggest moments in their lives....and parties a lot. As a side note: The cast of Beverly Hills 90210 also held their Commencemet this year! How cool is that, to have graduated the same year as **gasp** Dylan McKay!! (I'm immature, sorry.) I know there are some of you out there that named your little boys Dylan so don't get all judgmental on me!

June 20: John Paxson's three-point shot in Game 6 of the NBA Finals helps the Chicago Bulls secure a 99-98 win over the Phoenix Suns, and their third consecutive championship.

June 23: In Manassas, Virginia, Lorena Bobbitt cuts off the penis of her husband John Wayne Bobbitt. (I see you cringing!)

June 27: U.S. President Bill Clinton orders a cruise missile attack on Iraqi intelligence headquarters in the Al-Mansur \ District of Baghdad, in response to the attempted assassination of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush during his visit to Kuwait in mid-April. (Dude, Bill wasn't joking around!)

July 27: Windows NT 3.1, the first version of Microsoft's line of Windows NT operating systems, is released to manufacturing.

August 4: A federal judge sentences Los Angeles Police Department officers Stacey Koon and Laurence Powell to 30 months in prison for violating motorist Rodney King's civil rights.

August 21: NASA loses radio contact with the Mars Observer orbiter 3 days before the spacecraft is scheduled to enter orbit around Mars.

September13: PLO leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin shake hands in Washington D.C., after signing a peace accord.

September 13: Late Night with Conan O'Brien premiers on NBC.

October 31: River Phoenix dies at the age of 23 of a drug overdose.

November 17-22: NAFTA pases the legislative houses in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

December 2: STS-61: NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair an optical flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.

Other events of note:

  • A 13-year-old Los Angeles boy accuses Michael Jackson of fondling him. Jackson vehemently denies the charge. The two parties reach an out-of-court settlement.

  • Popular movies were: Schindler's List, The Piano, Philadelphia, Six Degrees of Separation, In the Name of the Father
  • Leanza Cornett of Florida was crowned Miss America.
  • Sporting events: Toronto defeated Philadelphia Phillies (4-2) in the World Series;
    Montreal defeated Los Angeles (4-1) to take the Stanley Cup;
    Steffi Graf defeated J. Novotna (7-6 1-6 6-4) and Pete Sampras defeated J. Courier (7-6 7-6 3-6 6-3) at Wimbledon;
    Sea Hero won the Kentucky Derby;
    North Carolina defeated Michigan (77-71) for the NCAA Basketball Championship; and
    Florida St. (12-1-0) was named NCAA Football Champions
  • A few famous deaths included:
    Don Ameche
    Anthony Burgess
    Federico Fellini
    Frank Zappa
    Arthur Ashe
    Dizzy Gillespie
    William Golding
    Audrey Hepburn
    Cesar Chavez
  • Grammy's of note include: Record of the Year: "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston Album of the Year: The Bodyguard—Original Soundtrack Album, Whitney Houston
    Song of the Year: “A Whole New World” (Theme From Aladdin)
    Best New Artist: Toni Braxton
    Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male: “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You,” Sting
    Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female: “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston
    Best Rock Vocal, Solo: “I'd Do Anything for Love” (But I Won't Do That), Meat Loaf
    Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group: “Livin' on the Edge,” Aerosmith
    Best Hard Rock Performance: “Plush,” Stone Temple Pilots
    Best Metal Performance: “I Don't Want to Change the World,” Ozzy Osbourne
    Best Alternative Music Album: Zooropa, U2 (Island)
    Best Rhythm and Blues Song: “That's the Way Love Goes,” Janet JacksonBest Rhythm Best Rap Solo: “Let Me Ride,” Dr. Dre
    Best Rap Performance By a Duo: “Rebirth of Slick” (Cool Like Dat), Digable Planets
    Best Country Song: “Passionate Kisses,”
    Best Country Vocal Performance, Male: “Ain't That Lonely Yet,” Dwight Yoakam
    Best Country Vocal Performance, Female: “Passionate Kisses,” Mary Chapin Carpenter
    Best Country Performance By a Duo: “Hard Workin' Man,” Brooks and Dunn
    Best Country Vocal Collaboration: “Does He Love You,” Reba McEntire and Linda Davis

Hope you enjoyed your trip back in history! I'll leave you with the song I can remember our class playing as a tribute to one another during some of our graduation celebrations.

Congratulations Class of 2008! I hope you can look back on your graduation 15 years from now and be proud of all your accomplishments!

I shudder to think that in 2012 my A1 will be crossing that bridge. Why do they have to grow up so fast??


Heather said...

1993 is also the year my daughter was born! I remember when River Pheonix died. (The only other celebrity death that has shocked me so much was Heath Ledger.) My daughter was just about 6 weeks old and I was so sad and disappointed by that.

DeeDee, I looked up Zumba on Netflix, and sadly it is not available to rent. =(

MereCat said...

That brings me back to my first real job as a real adult in the real world. That was a big year for me too. I was soaring with independence 2,000 miles from home. It was awesome.

Cecily R said...

Class of 1993 ROCKS!! I can't believe it's been 15 years...holy crap am I really that old??

Chantel said...

I spend most of my day trying to figure out how not to work and how to get out of here. I haven't grown much.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Along said...

I graduated from secondary school in 1993. Was madly in love with River Pheonix. My dorm mates took 2 days to find a way to break the news to me gently, bless their hearts.

I think I still have a clipping of his death in my old diary. Ahhh...this really brought back memories.

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Gerbil said...

Its official. I'm older than dirt.

Pocklock said...

Great flashback report! I'll have to remember to do this next year when I'll have been out of college 10 years!

Moonspun said...

Huh, well not to date myself, but in 1993 I was 4 years out of college and that was the year my younger sister graduated from college. In the fall our household got four cats and one of them was named River for River Phoenix. That cat just died a few weeks ago. He had a good 15 year life!
It hardly seems like 15 years ago, though...odd!

for a different kind of girl said...

Last night I walked into my old high school (now a 6th/7th grade facility) for Parent's Night for those of us who will have new 6th graders next year. The place still smelled like I remember it many, many years ago.

It made me want to cry. Then run laps around the gym. And talk my friends out of taking bong hits during open lunch.

I'm nowhere mentally prepared to have a kid getting this close to graduating from high school himself!

Sandi said...

Oh my gosh. I remember tons of that stuff, although I'm class of 1992. It's so weird that most of the stuff I loved then is now considered "oldies".

Mumma Boo said...

Thanks for the trip down memory lane! I was 2 years out of college at that point and I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I find it hysterical that you mention the debut of Beavis & Butthead. The only episode I ever watched involved them ranking on Journey's video of "Separate Ways", and it's always stuck with me. Funny thing is that I just happened to watch that video last night. Guess we were both taking trips in the WABAC this week!

mlb said...

Hey Cuz.....Wow I cannot believe it has been that long!!! I am only one year behind you!!!
BUT I did not name my son after I will have one in 8th grade this coming year and by the way he made the basketball to you soon...

Loth said...

That was the year after I got married. They year Audrey Hepburn died - two friends of mine just upped sticks, travelled to Switzerland and attended her funeral. I remember thinking that was cool and I wanted to go too. Pesky job and mortgage......