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25 Things That Happened 25 Years Ago

(by Cruzio)

And Cruzio Internet was one of them

Cruzio25November marks the 25th Anniversary of Cruzio Internet and we’re celebrating this landmark by thanking you — our incredible members, partners and friends — and remembering the ride we’ve all had so far.

You are invited to Cruzio’s 25th Anniversary Celebration on November 7, 2014! Cruzio Internet was one of the first Internet service providers in the world and is still independent and locally owned, serving over 9,000 residents and business owners in the Santa Cruz County. This event will have live music, tons of entertainment, refreshments from the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery, food from local vendors, a photo booth, illumination by the Om Gallery, and a visual compilation of a 25 year history of technology in Santa Cruz. The event is November 7 from 5:30-9:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

To understand how we got to today, let’s take a closer look at the world as it was in 1989.

Here are 25 things about 25 Years ago…

  1. Protests in Tianamen Square ended violently in China.
  2. George Bush Sr became President of the United States.
  3. The Berlin Wall opened to the West.
  4. A Fatwah was issued against Salman Rushdie — Iran put a $3M bounty on his head.

    22. Steve Jobs was named “Entrepreneur of the Decade."

    22. Steve Jobs was named “Entrepreneur of the Decade.”

  5. In Santa Cruz, we remember the Loma Prieta earthquake, a 6.9 shake that changed the landscape of our city in one day.
  6. The 14th Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize.
  7. A postage stamp was $0.25, the average gallon of gas was only $0.97, and the average house price in Santa Cruz had just risen 26% to $255,209 (in 2014 it is $681,738).
  8. Batman, starring Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson, was the highest grossing film of the year.
  9. Nintendo started selling the GameBoy.
  10. Johnny Depp was dating Winona Ryder.
  11. It was a great year for music. (See the blog post for deets.)
  12. Rain Man won The Academy Award for Best Picture.
  13. Amy Poehler was in high school — can you spot her in the photo above? — and so was Jimmy Fallon.
  14. Photographer Robert Mapplethorpe died of AIDS, which was ravaging the country.

    23. Computers looked like this.

    23. Computers looked like this.

  15. Crowd-surfing finally became an official word in the english language, well at least in the Oxford English Dictionary.
  16. The Seinfeld pilot made its debut, and despite only being in its first season, The Simpsons quickly became the number one show on TV.
  17. The World Series was the Battle of the Bay, with the Oakland A’s up against the San Francisco Giants. Despite the Loma Prieta Earthquake in the middle of game 3, the A’s went on to beat the Giants in a four game sweep.
  18. The San Francisco 49ers won the Superbowl in an epic game, beating the Bengals 20 to 16 on a clutch touchdown pass from Joe Montana to John Taylor with 34 seconds left on the clock.
  19. This is how kids dressed. (If curious, see the blog post.)

    24. Cell phones looked like this.

    24. Cell phones looked like this.

  20. Tim Berners-Lee made a presentation about an information network that would eventually become The Web.
  21. Microsoft released the first version of the Office Suite.
  22. Steve Jobs was named “Entrepreneur of the Decade.”
  23. Computers looked like this (right).
  24. Cell phones looked like this (right).
  25. A young couple started a company. This company was, and still is, called Cruzio.

Looking back, it really does seem that 1989 was the beginning of an era of innovation, both around the world and here in Santa Cruz. We can’t wait to see what changes will come next.

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