Best Store to Ruin Your Credit Rating In: REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.)
Best Vinyl Selection: Bow Wow Records
Best Stripper: Stephanie Evans, the Human Supersoaker
Best Lounge: Martini Grille
Best Place to Admire Zip-Around Jeans: Midnight Rodeo
• With Iraqi civilians starving en masse under U.S. sanctions imposed after the Persian Gulf War, Alibi staff writer Stephen Ausherman travels there and reports back in an in-depth, two-part piece. Cap’n Opinion runs a fake Q&A with Democratic congressional candidate Phil (m)Aloof titled “Interview with the Vapid.” The paper changes formats, adopting the short-tabloid.
Best Haiku as Written by the Albuquerque Tribune:
BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH
Blah blah, “Blah blah blah blah blahh”
Blah blah blah blah blah. ...
—Pele Inc. 1998
• The Dingo Bar closes. Golden West comes back to life.
• Pretty boy bands (Backstreet Boys, N Sync) begin cropping up like teenage acne.
• The likes of The Jesus Lizard, The Eyeliners and Beefcake in Chains are headlining shows at Launchpad.
• Drive-through liquor windows are outlawed.
• A major peace accord is brokered in Northern Ireland after 30 years of bloody conflict between Protestants and Catholics, Unionists and Irish nationalists.
• James Cameron’s Titanic sweeps the Academy Awards, winning 11 Oscars (tying a record set by 1959’s Ben Hur). It also becomes the highest grossing film of all time. At least until Cameron puts out Avatar.
• The stylish iMac G3 is released by Apple, sparking a design phase in which all household accessories (from speakers to toasters) came in Bondi Blue- or Tangerine- or Lime-colored plastic. Look hard and you still might find a few iMac corpses laying around our offices.
• President Clinton is impeached in December by the House of Representatives on charges related to the Monica Lewinsky sex scandal, as well as a lawsuit filed by Paula Jones.