Ah, 1993, we meet again. As with the other authors, age 13 was certainly not lacking for excitement for me. Let’s just jump right into it, shall we?
1. Jurassic Park – This totally cemented my desire to be a paleontologist. If you don’t know the plot, well, just go and see it, it’s just been re-released in 3-D. Here’s the trailer.
2. Mrs. Doubtfire – Robin Williams and his wife divorce. Williams pretends to be the new nanny, knocks out the future James Bond with a piece of fruit, something something, happily ever after. Personally, I liked it better when Tobias FÃ¼nke revived this role as Mrs. Featherbottom.
3. The Fugitive – Indiana Jones is falsely accused of killing his wife and goes on the lam to find the one-armed man responsible. Tommy Lee Jones is in pursuit. Based on a TV show from the ’60s.
Schindler’s List, Philadelphia, and Grumpy Old Men. One of those is not like the others, but Lemon and Matthau needs little explanation. And watching two old dudes acting like children is kind of what you need to recover from watching either of the first two. And puppy/kitten snuggles.
Al Pacino – Best Actor in Scent of a Woman
Emma Thompson – Best Actress in Howard’s End
Gene Hackman and Marisa Tomei – Best Supporting for Unforgiven and My Cousin Vinny, respectively
Unforgiven won for Best Picture, Best Editing, and Best Director (Clint Eastwood)
Oh, man this is a trip down middle school dance memory lane. Here are the songs at the top of the Billboard charts.
1. “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston
Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone that you were singing along at the top of your lungs, the only proper way to sing along to this song.
2. “Whoomp (There It Is),” Tag Team
3.”Can’t Help Falling in Love,” UB40
“That’s the Way Love Goes,” Janet Jackson
“I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles),” The Proclaimers
- Nirvana – In Utero
- The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
- Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville, Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish, Pearl Jam – Vs.
I can’t even fathom what 1993 readers were thinking with these bestsellers. But then again, how is Rush Limbaugh still a relevant person, two decades later?
- See, I Told You So – Rush Limbaugh
- Private Parts – Howard Stern
- Seinlanguage – Jerry Seinfeld
- The Bridges of Madison County – Robert James Waller
- The Client – John Grisham
- Slow Waltz at Cedar Bend – Robert James Waller (I’m guessing RJW is the Nicholas Sparks of the ’90s)
In better literature news, Toni Morrison won the Nobel Prize for Literature. From the Nobel website: “who in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality.”
In the News
- Bill Clinton becomes the 42nd president of the US.
- Czechoslovakia dissolves to form Czech Republic and Slovakia.
- Kim Campbell becomes the first female Prime Minister of Canada.
- Bombings in New York City (U.S.), Bombay (India), and Warrington (England), kill hundreds and injure thousands.
- ATF agents raided the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. After a 51-day standoff, it ends with a fire that kills 76 people, including David Koresh.
- NAFTA is singed into law by President Clinton.
- Benazir Bhutto is elected as Prime Minister for the second time.
- The Maastricht Treaty establishes the European Union.
- The world lost: Andre the Giant, Dizzy Gillespie, Audrey Hepburn, Arthur Ashe, Cesar Chavez, Sun Ra, Agnes de Mille, Federico Fellini, Frank Zappa, and Severo Ochoa.
I would regret not mentioning that I met my best friend in 1993. It was the first day of 8th grade, in typing class. My life is way better for knowing her. Other notables: I moved to a new town and started a new school. I made new friends. Also, both of my parents got remarried in 1993. Happy 20th anniversary, y’all! Wait, that’s not possible that that 20 years ago. Oh, I guess the maths don’t lie. Now get off my lawn, you whippersnapper!