There was a time not long ago when heated arguments about sports statistics, song titles or even long-established facts like the melting point of Cadmium ended in frustration or even fistfights. That was before the development of the little search engine that could.
Google, the name inspired by the misspelling of a very large number, was the brainchild of two graduate students at Stanford University, Larry Page and Sergey Brin. With some help from the National Science Foundation, their goal was nothing less than the establishment of a universal digital library. They called their project, Operation “BackRub”, which hooked up websites that had the most links to other relevant websites and soon the information download became a torrent of gigabytes. Today, we take having the sum of human knowledge a click away for granted and say very bad words if the kitty versus rabbit video takes more than ten seconds to load. We may even face an inflection point when a sentient internet grows weary of our constant typing and eliminates the middleman, but whatever the future holds, it all began when Google, Inc, began in Menlo Park, California, 1998. Don’t miss our fabulous celebration of an entire decade with the XRT 4D Flashback Weekend: The Nineties, beginning this Friday.
Come with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, and the constant strains of “Whatever!” It’s an XRT 4D Flashback Weekend devoted to the 1990′s. We’ll play your favorite songs – whether XRT Listener Poll favorites, guilty pleasures, or long forgotten obscurities. It’s the decade of the championship Chicago Bulls, the Clinton White House, the birth of Google, DVDs, eBay and Viagara.
Starting at 9am tomorrow (Friday), we offer you nothin’ but Nineties, continuing right through the weekend. Hope your memories are as pleasant as ours!