• The biweekly NuCity manages to claw out of the ethereal womb on Friday, Oct. 9, with 12 black-and-white pages of op-ed and event listings. Page 3 gives Burqueños their first taste of “Real Astrology” by Rob Brezsny (still published all these years later! See page 85). “¿El Norte?,” a column in Spanglish by Juan F. Quiroga, makes its debut. Natural Sound, the Dingo, Beyond Ordinary, Guild Theatre and La Montañita Co-op advertise in this historic issue. Bandido Hideout offers a coupon: beef or chicken tostadas with a drink for $1.95. Complete list of computer equipment owned by the company at that time: Powerbook 140, rented laser printer, Macintosh SE.
• The Cold War ends.
• Congress passes a bill paving the way for radioactive waste to be stored at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant’s underground bunker in Carlsbad, N.M.
• The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office finds itself red-faced as Sheriff Ray Gallagher is indicted on six criminal charges, and spokesperson Ernie Watson is arrested during an APD vice sting for soliciting a prostitute.
• Trent Dimas, a gymnast from Albuquerque, wins a gold medal at the Olympic summer games in Barcelona.
• Declares NuCity, “The Golden West is one of the busiest places to be seen in Albuquerque.”
• New Mexicans help elect Bill Clinton as president. It’s the first time a Democrat is favored here since John F. Kennedy in 1964.
• Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs hits cinemas. Some of us start wearing ties and Ray-Bans to work.