Back to the yearbook ads. But first, they give the favourite movies of 1995 and 1996.
Billy Madison? I never even heard of this. Is it an Adam Sandler "comedy" vehicle? Yeah. It is indeed. How was this the top film of 1995/1996? And it got a whopping 41% of the votes. By the way, I don't remember any kind of voting for this stuff.
Number two is something called Friday. Never heard of this either. I mean, I sort of knew Billy Madison in the back of my mind because I thought it was an Adam Sandler film. But Friday...no clue. "Stoner buddy comedy" starring Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. So another piece of shit.
Three is Don't be a Menace. I know this because it originally had a much longer title. I think it's another "urban" (read: "black") "comedy". Yeah. This looks even worse. Stars the Wayan Brothers.
Four is Eye for an Eye. Once again, never heard of it. At least it's not a comedy this time. Really weird, though. It stars Sally Field (a B list actress who was in her 40s at the time) and is about...some woman who's daughter was raped and she sets up a scheme to murder the guy who did it. It has an 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Five is Tommy Boy. I think this is another Adam Sandler "comedy". No, Chris Farley and David Spade. But again, awful, low brow "comedy".
Let's see what Google suggests as the greatest film of 1995.
There was Braveheart. That was popular at the time and would be with adolescents. Leaving Las Vegas is edgy, another one that hip kids would enjoy. Apollo 13 was a big blockbuster. Babe was huge. Casino would also have been a great one for the hip adolescents. Crimson Tide was a big film. Kids was pretty popular. 12 Monkeys was great and also semi-popular. Toy Story was massive. Clueless was huge with the kids in my school. And Seven, another good one.
Instead, we get four slacker "comedies" and some bizarre psycological thriller that nobody watched and got terrible reviews. I suspect that these lists were just the opinions of the guy who put the yearbook together.
Back to the ads. This deli is long gone but I think the guy's daughter runs it now under a different name. Actually, maybe not. I mean, the deli still exists but there's a reference to Jesus (the Spanish name, not our savior) and the original owner was Greek or something. Although...they sell Polish food. I don't know.
This dentist may or may not still be around.
This stationery store is long gone. I went there a few times. They had a big rack of candy but they mostly sold newspapers and stationery. It's beyond me how they turned a profit. Nobody was ever in there. It was a weird place.
This bank still exists, apparently.
Hey, the mayor at the time is apparently related to the dentist. Same unusual last name. He retired in 2004. He was a doctor.
Wow, this pool hall was open until two years ago. I never heard of it and am amazed that it lasted this long. Over 25 years, it seems. And owned by the same guy (or same family at least) of the guy who owned that appliance store.
This small health food chain still exists but not in this ghetto location.
This crappy restaurant is still in business.
This nail salon is gone. Probably long gone. I'd be surprised if that place lasted two years.
The gyros place is still open.
Holy crap. This window tinting company is still around. That looked like a real 1990s business but apparently people are still looking to get their windows tinted. Vuk does good work, I guess.
This tae kwon do place is long gone and thank god for that. The guy was a conman. Ran a McDojo. I went there for a few months. All of his students were shit and it must have been humiliating for him when I kicked everybody's ass consistently and thoroughly.
I see this guy on Facebook and it seems that he's a Jesus freak and arch conservative. At least he's no longer in the tae kwon do business, as far as I can tell. He opened another McDojo a few years ago but that's gone now too. Let's hope he doesn't start another one.
I guess this oil change place is still around.
The frog legs restaurant closed a few years ago.
Haha. Here's a computer services and consulting company. Whatever that is. And they're called Megabyte Rescue. I guess at the time, that sounded futuristic. Anyway, it's surely long gone. He also gives his pager number, which is unique. He was on the cutting edge.
No way. This stained glass company still exists? Says they have stained glass classes on Monday evenings. How many people are buying stained glass? But according to their Facebook page, they're still doing the classes and they're selling stained glass gifts and whatnot. It's not just stained glass, they also sell various junk. But they're only open from 11.00 to 17.00.
The Little League is still going. A bit surprising. I don't think kids today are into baseball. I guess the parents push them into it.
Oh, this is apt. Top five spectator sports for our class. In order: basketball, football (American football), wrestling, track, soccer. So even in 1995, people weren't into baseball. They'd rather watch TRACK than baseball. And soccer for fuck's sake. Madness.
This antique shop closed in about 2000 and was open for 12 years.
This bait shop is closed. I think that they found a couple of bodies in the basement, actually. I went there once with my friend. It was a real old time shop.
I think this flower shop still exists (although it seems they moved a couple doors away) but they have all 1 star reviews on Yelp.
An ad for a company that makes safer metalworking lubricant additives. What do you want me to do? I'm not in the market for safer metalworking lubricant additives. What's the point of buying the ad? I don't even understand what you make. They should be buying ad space in trade publications, not yearbooks.
Oh. After reading the tiny print in this poorly-made ad, I see what this is. It's from a local company that made chemicals. They might still exist but it seems they were bought by another company.
How much more of this? Oh man. I'm tired. Quite a bit more left to do. Went to work but the case settled so I was home by 11.00. That's like £60. Let the good times roll.
This will have to be a three parter then. I'm taking a nap.
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