1990s

When Exactly Did ‘Friends’ Become Cool?

In spite of being an era considered a “long nightmare of peace and prosperity,” being alive in the 1990s was not always so great: Forrest…

The Internet Before the Internet: The Bizarre Heyday of the 1-900 Number

In the mid-20th century, with a new millennium looming, some science-fiction writers and human-interest reporters began speculating wildly about what humanity’s future might look like….

An Oral History of ‘Mortal Kombat’

If Mortal Kombat had followed its original trajectory, it would exist in a paltry 200 arcade cabinets, collecting dust in hipster arcade bars scattered across…

An Oral History of ‘Taxicab Confessions’

I watched Taxicab Confessions for the first time in my mother’s basement while home on break from boarding school in 1995. I remember dutifully keeping…