Being born in the ‘90s makes it hard to remember the ‘90s

Published 6:00 am Sunday, September 11, 2016

allen brewerGrowing up in the post-millennial age, I was always told my generation are the kids of the ‘90s. I always thought that was strange because I was 4 when 2000 rolled over, and the only thing I remembered from the ‘90s are Barney and Teletubbies.

I must have missed a lot, because my friends say there was a ton of cool stuff they remembered as kids.

I tried hard to remember any significant cultural events that happened in the ‘90s but I couldn’t; I was a baby so everything seemed too big to me.

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As a cyber citizen of 2016, I thought the best way to catch up on lost times was to Google the ‘90s to prompt some memories.   

In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected president of the United States and was reelected in 1996, but in 1999 faced impeachment for his alleged affairs with other women. I don’t remember the elections, but I do remember the drama. Even in preschool, when my mom asked me if I had a girlfriend I would say “I do not have relations with that woman.”

In 1998, the search engine Google was founded. If I only knew how powerful this would become I would have invested every penny in it. I was 2 so I probably only had a penny, but that stock would probably be worth a million dollars now.

In 1999, a gallon of gas cost $1.22. Fortunately my tricycle didn’t use gas, but the commute to day care was killer.

Many historic TV shows premiered in ‘90s such as “The X Files” in 1993, “Friends” in 1994 and “That 70’s Show” in 1998. I was a big fan of these shows latter in life, but at the time the only thing I was interested in where giant purple dinosaurs.

Popular types of music in the ‘90s included pop, rap and heavy metal. Famous singers in the decade include MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice, and bands like the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys were all the rage.

Everybody knows the chorus to “Ice, Ice Baby” and “Hammer Time,”  — even 3-year-olds.

In the world of sports, Michael Jordan dominated the basketball courts throughout most the ‘90s. He also teamed up with the Looney Toons to beat a bunch of aliens in the movie, “Space Jam.”

Fashion of the ‘90s varied better hip-hop inspired clothing to grunge’s flannel shirts and holey jeans. My parents must have been really into grunge because I have found lots of worn-out flannel shirts in the back of their closets. I was still a baby, so I just wore diapers most the time.

The ‘90s also marked a large impact on the gaming and toy industries. New gaming devices like “Game Boys” and electric toys like the “Furby” where first sold during this decade.

I was a kid so I remember a little, but I was more interested in cardboard boxes then the actual toys.

There where also many other significant events during the ‘90s, like the fall of the Soviet Union, the Rodney King riots, the O.J. Simpson trial, the World Wide Web, the MLB strike and the first cloned sheep, “Dolly.”

I’m not sure I remember many of the things that happened in the ‘90s, but due to new pop trends, both a ‘90s music tour and the reemergence of MTV, I don’t have to. The “I Love the ‘90s” Tour is scheduled to start some time in 2016 and will feature icons like Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa and Tone Loc. MTV also plans to bring back other vintage ‘90s shows like Beavis and Butthead.

Looking back, I think the ‘90s were probably a great time to be a kid, but I think it’s far better to have grown up in the 2000s.

Maybe in 20 years people will be reminiscing about 2016.

Allen Brewer is a student at Northwest Mississippi Community College. You can reach him at