Where Were You 1996?
By mustang6560 on 10/5/11
I’m sure you’ve heard by now, but in case you haven’t, Tiger Woods finally dropped out of the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time since October 13, 1996. The streak, which lasted 15 years or 778 weeks, was impressive to say the least.

Too put a little perspective on how much the world has changed since Tiger first broke into the top 50, let’s take a look at a few of the things that were popular from 1996.
  • The Internet and oobgolf did not exist. I know, how did people live back then?

  • Los del Rio’s “Macarena” was the number one song in the USA. I want an honest answer, how many of you started to do the Macarena at your computer? Don’t lie, you know you started to make the hand motions.

  • Independence Day, Mission Impossible, Jerry McGuire and Space Jam were in theaters. Andrew would be happy to know I’ve seen three of the four movies.

  • 3rd Rock From the Sun, The Daily Show, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and Everyone Loves Raymond debuted on television. Yea, I watched Sabrina--Melissa Joan Hart was hot!

  • O.J. Simpson was first going to trial. I'll leave the commentary out on this one--too easy.

  • Nintendo released Super Mario 64. "It's me, Mario!"

  • The Dallas Cowboys were still relevant in the NFL. America's team won Superbowl XXX against the Pittsburg Steelers.

  • Tom Lehman won the British Open and was the PGA Tour money leader. Does anyone know who he is?
You get the idea. It’s hard to imagine what the world looked like without Tiger and his 14 major titles. I have a sneaking suspicion that the world number 51 is going to come out firing on all cylinders and might possibly win the Frys.com Open. You heard it here first!

What was your favorite thing from 1996?


Official World Golf Ranking

photo by Keith Allison


[ comments ]
dartboss04 says:
dominique moceanu...oh you little gymnast...sounds creepy as a 28 year old, but at the time it was appropriate...
10/5/11
 
homermania says:
I'm betting everyone reading this blog knows who Tom Lehman is. Also, there was internet in '96.
10/5/11
 
brian575 says:
I got my drivers license and went on my first date. God I am getting old.
10/5/11
 
GolfSmith7 says:
Yankees, beat the Atlanta braves for their first world series in 18 years and the legend of Jeter and Mo were born!
10/5/11
 
Banker85 says:
i think pogs were cool around 96'
What a feat 15 years in the top 50 in the world. It wont last long he will be back inside shortly.
10/5/11
 
Kurt the Knife says:
my daughter was 6 and we walked thru the Haight Ashbury to the DeYoung. Showed her German Expressionism and Oceanic tribal arts. Walked across to the Academy of Science and wondered how they made 5 foot planktons. Ate at a vietnamese place on Clement and I mistakenly ate a pig stomach spring roll. Rode many busses and a train to get home and did it many more times 'til she went away to art school.
10/5/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Our granddaughter turned 2 in 1996. As a little girl she really, really loved birthday parties - the singing, the candles, being the center of attention. I still kind of crack up thinking about how she would almost glow from the thrill of her birthdays. It was a long time ago but I suspect her birthday party was my highlight of 1996.
10/5/11
 
Paolo says:
Didn't Tom Lehman win The Open Championship in 1996 ??!
10/5/11
 
ericsmi says:
My son was born in 1996. It was a very good year!
10/5/11
 
Banker85 says:
Paolo says:
Didn't Tom Lehman win The Open Championship in 1996 ??!

get over it.
10/5/11
 
meatball413 says:
my fav thing from 1996 was AOL chat rooms. a/s/l? LOL
10/5/11
 
Kickntrue says:
"The Internet and oobgolf did not exist. I know, how did people live back then?" ... i'm sorry I left with you with this guy.
10/5/11
 
SteveMM says:
The OJ Simpson trial was actually from January 29 to October 3, 1995 ... not 1996. I remembered this because my wife and I worked in the news business, and were on our honeymoon outside the country at the end of September of that year. We were SO worried we'd miss the verdict. It happened the day after we got back.
10/5/11
 
bkuehn1952 says:
@SteveMM: Mustang6560 might not have realized it but he is referring to the civil trial which followed the criminal acquittal.
10/5/11
 
jpjeffery says:
Just one thing: The internet did exist in 1996. I was using it from about 1991/92 and I was by no means an innovator!

:)
10/5/11
 
SteveMM says:
bkuehn1952 - Yeah, I just came here to post that. I realized what he was probably talking about and looked it up. The civil trial ended in February of 1997, which means it did probably start at about October of `96.

jpjeffery - You're right on that. He probably was talking about the World Wide Web, which is only part of the Internet.
10/5/11
 
jrbizzle says:
Yep, in the early to mid 90s, the Internet was much more closed and private, most sites were text only. Pictures, sound, links, etc didn't become common until the mid to late 90s.
10/5/11
 
Matt F says:
Andrew...come back!!!!!!!
10/6/11
 
legitimatebeef says:
Back then I was rockin out to Oasis and Radiohead.
10/6/11
 
DougE says:
I was an ocean yacht racer, cruiser and delivery captain from 1994-2002. Never had time to play golf (though longed to be able to). It was rare for me to be in front of a TV on a weekend. But I always kept an eye on Tiger and watched his highlights. I was a fan of his before I became a (serious) golfer.
10/8/11
 
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