MMi was launched by our CEO Thomas Bridge in April, 1995.  As we celebrate our 25th anniversary from our homes in the midst of a global pandemic, we had the time to assemble this list of 25 “other” things that happened in the media world in 1995.  We hope that they help you enjoyably pass a little bit of time as well, and perhaps spark a few memories.  

1. History Channel is launched, and airs its first episode of “Modern Marvels”, which would continue for 20 years and 650+ episodes (January)

2. Stanford Ph.D. candidates Jerry Yang and David Filo launch the domain as a web directory, which would ultimately become one of the world’s largest search engines and web portals (January)

3. Paramount launches broadcast network UPN with a two-hour premiere of “Star Trek: Voyager” -- UPN was spun off from Viacom to CBS in 2005 and was combined with The WB to form The CW in 2006 (January)

4. The Golf Channel was launched, with a ceremonial flip of the switch by Arnold Palmer, who co-founded the cable network with Joe Gibbs (January)

5. Live broadcasts of the O.J. Simpson trial begin, displacing or interrupting many American daytime soap operas for much of the next 9 months (January)

6. The final original episode of “American Top 40” airs on radio, with host Shadoe Stevens making the final Long-Distance Dedication to the show’s listeners -- James Brown’s “Move On” (January)

7. During the broadcast of Superbowl XXIX, Anheuser-Busch debuted its soon-to-be inescapable talking Budweiser frogs (“Bud,” “Weis,” and “Er”) in a campaign created by DMB&B St. Louis (January)

8. Newsweek publishes an opinion piece “Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana” by Clifford Stoll questioning the likelihood of -- among other things -- a future with “telecommuting workers, interactive libraries and multimedia classrooms.” (February)

9. National newspaper USA Today launches its web version to provide real-time news coverage (April)

10. A reporter for KTOK-AM in Oklahoma City is the first on the scene to chronicle the chaotic aftermath of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building; hundreds more from all over the world would join her in the ensuing 24 hours (April)

11. CBS soap opera “As The World Turns” broadcasts its 10,000th episode -- “ATWT” was launched in 1956, and it aired until 2010 (May)

12. “Must-See TV” Thursday was ramping up on NBC, as it finished the season with the top 2 rated shows, according to Nielsen, with “Seinfeld” and “ER” -- it would have the top 4 the following year with “ER,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” and “Caroline In The City” (May)

13. Fans bid farewell to the Tanner clan, Uncle Jesse, and Uncle Joey as ABC airs its final episode of “Full House” after 8 seasons (May)

14. Founded a year earlier by Jeff Bezos, begins service, as an online bookstore (July)

15. The Walt Disney Company announces its deal to acquire and merge with Capital Cities/ABC, including the ABC TV network, ESPN, and stakes in Lifetime and A&E -- the deal would ultimately close in 1996 (July)

16. Many U.S. newspapers launched their first online offerings, including The Washington Post, Detroit News and Orlando Sentinel (July)

17. MTV launches “Road Rules” as a spin-off to its successful reality show “The Real World”; “Road Rules” would go on to air for 14 seasons over 12 years (July)

18. Microsoft releases the Internet Explorer web browser as part of Windows 95, and through “bundling” achieves a 95% share of the web browser market by 2003, although it would later be contested by the likes of Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome (August)

19. Men’s underwear maker The Joe Boxer Corporation leased a sign in New York’s Times Square that included an electric-light strip on the bottom that broadcasts personal email messages (September)

20. Intended from its inception as a marketplace for the sale of goods and services for individuals, Ebay is launched as an online auction site by Pierre Omidyar; Meg Whitman would join in 1998 (September)

21. “The Drew Carey Show” debuts on ABC, where it would continue to air for 9 seasons (September)

22. Over 150 million people tune in to watch the verdict of the O.J. Simpson murder trial, which ended with Simpson’s acquittal for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman (October)

23. Two former Harvard Business Review editors, Alan Webber and Bill Taylor, along with U.S. News publisher Mort Zuckerman, publish the inaugural issue of Fast Company magazine (November)

24. In the wake of the San Francisco newspaper strike of 1994, San Francisco Examiner arts and features editor David Talbot launches Salon, an online-only magazine (November)

25. NBC’s “The Today Show” surpasses ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the ratings, a lead it would maintain until 2012 (December)

We thank our fantastic Clients and our outstanding team at MMi for 25 great years, and we look forward to 25 more ... especially once we can safely leave our homes! We look forward to seeing our Clients (and one another!!!) in person again, as soon as it's safe to do so. Wishing you health and much success,

-- Your Friends at MMi