What Happened in 1996?
It's almost high-school graduation and class reunion season. I feel old. Plans are underway for my high school reunion in July. As my classmates and I prepare to get together and celebrate 20 (!) years since graduation, it always makes me reminisce about those high school days. Like most guys, most of my memories revolve around girls, music, and pop culture. Very few actually have to do with school but what exactly do I remember most about 1996? Here's a look-back.
-Bon Jovi released--technically in '95, at the beginning of my senior year--one of my favorites and what I feel is one of their most underrated songs. "This Ain't A Love Song" spoke perfectly to my teenage heartbreak angst.
-The "Macarena" was a hit song and huge dance craze that, for my money, remains more relevant than any "Whip Nae Nae" or another dance move out there now. By the way, I'm a little rusty at it now, but I was somewhat of a Macarena master back in the day (should I admit that?!)
-Tom Cruise told us to "show him the money" as Jerry Maguire, and we did, in droves.
-While not quite as entertaining as "Ferris Bueller's" day off, I recall a math teacher telling us he was making it a study hour one day so that anyone interested in going to speak with the Kirkwood rep in the gym, could do so. My buddies and I did, in fact, take him up on the offer. Her name was Wendy, and she cooked us some tasty burgers and fries that day. (See what I did there?) This was my first and only time skipping class (in high school)...and I technically had permission. I was quite a rebel, let me tell you. By the way, it was such an interesting "presentation" that I did, indeed, settle on furthering my education at Kirkwood. (OK, my grades had something to do with it, too).
Other memorable moments in 1996, according to BuzzFeed: Denzel Washington was People's "Sexiest Man Alive"; "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" ran its final episode, and Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey collaborated to set a chart record when "One Sweet Day" spent 16 weeks at #1.
What are your memories from 1996, or even your own senior year highlights? Let us know in the comments