You haven't stepped into a time warp --this is the first of an occasional series of "lost episodes" of "It Was 20 Years Ago Today."  This episode was written and recorded for December 11, 2006.  On that day twenty years before, a number of companies registered "dot com" domain names.  There were less than 100 "dot coms" in those days, and no Internet as we know it today.  I talk a little bit about how different it was to get wired in those days.

Today's episode music is "Boot Strap," by Jeff Shields.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, the President authorized the construction of the Superconducting Supercollider, the biggest atom smasher that -- as it turned out -- never was.

Near the end of the show I mention the Large Hadron Collider, a new super-sized atom smasher which will be opening for business later this year.  The NPR program Science Friday did a segment on the LHC last week.

If you're curious about the Grammar Girl podcast (one of the most popular on the Internet at the moment), it can be found here.

Today's episode music is from "6 Is Lucky," by Hayfield.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Monday, January 22, 2007.  Twenty years ago today, politician Budd Dwyer committed suicide on camera.  I talk about that event, and how a similar one -- the death on camera of journalist Bill Stewart in 1979 -- had an impact on me which resonates to this day.

Today's episode music is "Stranded," by David Henderson.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Thursday, January 4, 2007.  For the first podcast of the new year, I look back at a terrible train wreck that took place twenty years ago today.  I tell a little of the story of the Chase wreck, and explain how a deadly accident on the other side of the country could have me holding my breath five years later.

Today's episode music is from "Sumday," by Jeff Shields.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Saturday, December 23, 2006.  There were two great homecomings twenty years ago today.  The experimental aircraft Voyager completed a non-stop, non-refueled flight around the world; and Andrei Sakharov was allowed to return home to Moscow after seven years of internal exile.

Today's episode music is "Splat the Rat," by Father Rock.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.




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Friday, December 22, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, an ordinance took effect in Platte City, Missouri, banning pit bull dogs.  I take a look at that ordinance, and the efforts to pass ones like it elsewhere in the country.

Today's episode music is from "The Warlock," by Scott Shannon.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Just a brief announcement to let folks know that "It Was 20 Years Ago Today" is going on a short hiatus.  My day job has been downright brutal (60+ hour work weeks) for the past several weeks, and looks to continue that way for quite some time (with, if all goes well, a short vacation between Christmas and New Years).  Taking a break from the podcast now will allow me to get some more shows written and recorded in advance, which will allow me to post new episodes consistently after the break.

Look for the next new episode to appear on Thursday, December 21.

Thanks so much for your understanding and support.
--Jamie


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Saturday, December 9, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, I turned twenty years old.  I talk about the age I was then, the age I am now, and the attitudes of the younger generations toward the older ones.  Some things haven't changed in twenty years, really.

Ironically, this is also my 40th podcast!  I didn't plan it this way, really.

Today's episode music is from "Celestial Voices," by Commander Yo.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Friday, December 8, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka gave his Nobel lecture, a call to action against the apartheid regime in South Africa.  I discuss Soyinka, his speech, as well as the efforts to change the situation in South Africa.  Those efforts included a famous protest song organized by Steven Van Zandt, "Sun City."

Podcast theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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Wednesday, December 6, 2006.  Twenty years ago today, the annual William Lowell Putnam mathematics competition was held.  See the questions for the 1986 competition.  (Link is to a PDF.)  I tell a little bit about the competition, and my relationship to math over the years.

Today's episode music is from "Confusion," by Commander Yo.  Theme music composed and performed by Marc Rose.


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