The Class of 1993
Let’s take a step back in time to 1993, my senior year at E.C. Glass high school. Times were very different then, in many ways. There were no ipods or ipads, but we were not without our gadgets. A walkman and a gameboy were must haves. Cell phones were quite expensive in 1993, but pagers were popular. At home, a Sega Genesis was tops, although some of us still had the trusty NES.
Social networking was done in the hallways and cafeterias, and if we wanted to hear the latest music, we went to a place formally known as a music store and bought the cd, or tape.
Many things were different, but many things were the same, for example:
- The World Trade Center Bombing kills 6 and injures over 1,000
- Lorena Bobbitt grabs a knife terrifies husbands all over the world
- Four LAPD officers were charged with civil rights violation in the videotaped beating of Rodney King
- Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera were cast of The New Mickey Mouse Club.
- Michael Jackson performed at halftime of the Super Bowl (Wow, a halftime show worth watching!)
- ESPN2 launches
- The Cheers finaly airs
- Michael Jordan scores his 20,000 point and then retires to play baseball
- Audrey Hepburn dies at the age of 63
- Joey Buttafuoco is sentenced to 6 months for starutory rape of Amy Fisher
- Eric Clapton wins the grammy award for Tears in Heaven
- ATF agents raid David Koresh’s compound in Waco, Texas, beginning a 51 day standoff and the death of four agents and 5 Davidian Branch members.
The trends of the eighties were finally fading, but new ones were quickly emerging. Let’s take a look:
Fashion was all over the map in the early nineties, some tends were hanging on and some were starting fresh. You may see a mix of fashions at school. A guy rocking a mullet and a starter jacket.
And then there was grunge, beginning the unkempt, non conformist, flannel shirts and ripped jeans. There were also slouch socks, keds, converse and over-sized shirts and sweaters. Pastels, bright colors, and who can forget the biker shorts? Back then it was anything goes...
We had the changing of the guard, with President Bush (41) and Bill Clinton. Janet Reno became the first female Attorney General. Don’t ask, don’t tell became a phrase we would never forget
Oath of Office 1993
- The Dallas Cowboys returned to glory, defeating the Buffalo Bills 52-17 in Super Bowl XXVII.
- In the college ranks, Florida State, led by Heisman winner Charlie Ward, defeated Nebraska 18-16 in the national championship.
- The Chicago Bulls complete the three-peat, defeating Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns 4 games to 2. (Michael Jordan would announce his first retirement later on that year)
- North Carolina is crowned the national champions as it defeats Michigan 77-71 in the infamous "time-out" game.
- The Colorado Rockies and The Florida Marlins join the big league ranks as MLB expands for the first time in 16 seasons.
- The Toronto Blue jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 to win the World Series
All that she wants
The Bodyguard Soundtrack reigned supreme. Pearl Jam and Nirvana were at the forefront of the grunge movement, but the airwaves were dominated by the new jacks. We even had a white, Canadian reggae singer! Crazy times.. But really, all that she wants is another baby!
- Rump Shaker Wreckxx-N-Effect
- Whoomp! (There it is)
- Have I Told You Lately - Rod Stewart
- Two Princes - The Spin Doctors
- If I Ever Lose My Faith In You - Sting
- Linger - The Cranberries
- Plush - Stone Temple Pilots
- Knockin’ Da Boots – H-Town
- I Get Around - 2Pac
- No Rain - Blind Melon
- Dreamlover - Mariah Carey
- In These Arms - Bon Jovi
- Nuthin’ But A G Thang – Dr. Dre
Top grossing films such as Jurassic Park, The Fugitive and Mrs. Doubtfire were the big winners. But don’t forget Schindler’s List, Indecent Proposal and Sleepless in Seattle. In 1993 you really couldn’t go wrong with a Tom Hanks flick. But that really hasn’t changed. Others included:
- The Firm
- Wayne's World 2
- Falling Down
- The Pelican Brief
- The Man Without A Face
- Dazed and Confused
- Made In America
- A Bronx Tale
What About Bob?
Well there it his, a brief look back at my senior year in high school. It does seem like a different world. My high school days are filled with care-free memories. Sports and music were of my main concern, a part-time job and keeping my old car running occupied my free time.
Like kids today, we were not without our share of problems, we learned from our mistakes (biker shorts) and moved on. We used phones to call people, we passed notes written in cursive, and new nothing about email. The average price of a gallon of gas was $1.07, and we couldn't believe it had surpassed the one dollar mark. We had a President Bush, a Clinton running for office, and a war in Iraq. But things were about to change...