Flashback Friday: NMHS By Michaela Chu

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Flashback back to NMHS in the 1990’s!

Hard to believe but at one point in time New Milford High School didn’t have any computers. Many computer rooms, like room 336 and 337, were just class rooms in the 90’s. Room 240 was always a computer lab and still to this day is.  It is one of 3.

Back in the 90’s NMHS did not provide their students with the charging stations we have today.

Today we are so used to having a phone in the classroom but every classrooms’ phone was connected back up to the speaker/clock. So everyone in the classroom would hear what you were talking about on the phone.

The cafeteria is still exactly the same. Same tables, same chairs, same stage, even the same food.

The Lance existed back then, except it was printed out on paper instead of being on the internet. Today everything that we have on the internet was on paper back in the 90’s! Crazy, right! Today who could imagine anything NOT being on the internet.

Today in some classes the teachers encourage students to use their smart phone. (Only for educational purposes.)

Online homework like study island didn’t exist. Who would LOVE to not have study island exist?!  I wish I was back in NMHS when Study Island wasn’t even thought of! That would be wonderful and less stressful for me.

Many things have changed, but have also stayed the same within the school. It’s still filled with great administrators and teachers that do great at their job! Along, with the killer school spirit that still lives within the high school!

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Flashback Friday Toys by Lauren Guzman

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Let’s get nostalgic here, anyone else remember Hit Clips? How about Moon ShoesEasy Bake Oven? Nowadays you can give a kid an iPad and they’ll sit there playing Angry Bird for hours. I remember the great toys from our generation. Flashing back to all the toys I had as a kid really brings back some crazy memories. Especially now that kids have traded up Nintendos for iPads. But lets just take a minute to go back in time for a minute. We are the kids of the ‘90s and ‘00s. Our life was simpler then and being amused meant skipping for endless hours on our driveways with Skip-It, or jumping around in our Moon Shoes, or baking tiny foods in our Easy Bake Ovens.

Seriously, how amazing were the toys? I remember I had a billion and one Furby’s. I remember my “iPod” being in the shape of a small radio with clips of popular songs (yes, I’m talking about Hit Clips). But c’mon we can’t forget the Spice Girls Barbies, or the Gak. OMG! Wait! Remember Tamagotchi’s? So many memories are flushing back into my mind. I remember trading Pokemon cards for candy in my school playground. Is that enough nostalgia for you?

I think I can name a few more memorable toys that sculpted our generation. Does anyone else remember twisting and pulling and tapping a Bop It with friends? The anticipation of turning and smashing all the knobs before the timer ran out?  Holy sh**! What about Plastic Balloons? Of course, I was never able to blow one up without it tearing first, but they were still a fun time!

Socker Boppers. Need I say more? All the fun of beating your sibling up without actually leaving any bruises as evidence (my personal favorite), but nothing beats the Slip N’ Slide. Inviting my friends over during the summer to play with my Slip N’ Slide was definitely a memory I won’t ever forget. These were all the best toys of my childhood, and hopefully they brought you back to simpler times as a kid with some pretty awesome toys. Til next time!

Flashback Friday Fashion By: Jelani Rogers

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JuiceSaved By The BellFresh Prince of Bel – AirMartinFriends. All of which are favorites of all 90’s kids! The 90’s was a great time for music with huge artist in all genres of music! There were plenty of trends in the 90’s especially in fashion. The trends in fashion vary from wearing raiders hats, to wearing overalls with the straps down or neon windbreakers. It all just varies with the time over the 90’s.

Shoes for this era that were big came out of the wood works was definitely combat boot, and whether you can believe it or not striped sweaters! Striped sweaters such as ones from when Nightmare on Elm Street that Freddy Krueger wore! Another crazy trend that came out was the bleach blonde hair, and long hair.

Now why bleach blonde hair? I have no idea, you had the famous Cisqo and Justin Timberlake rocking these hairstyles that at the time were actually awesome to have, but for some odd reason has made its way to the 2000’s with Chris Brown debuting his blonde hair in 2011. All white kids grew their hair out during the time Headbangers Ball was out on MTV, and grew it out to rock out in the mosh pits! And those mosh pits are pretty insane with kids all jumping around and throwing punches going crazy, so I wonder if the long hair was actually a good idea.

Chris Brown with his blonde hair.
Chris Brown with his blonde hair.

As for when we wear blazers, we usually dress it up with either a nice blouse or button down underneath it but in the 90’s it was big baggy suits with a black or solid tee underneath the blazer. Fashion statement or not? I’d like to think it wasn’t but during this time it was a huge hit.

Tanks as well became a craze in the 90’s due to Saved By The Bell’s hottie A.C Slater, also known as Mario Lopez and showing off his nice guns in these nice muscle shirts.

A.C Slater wearing his tank top, showing off his nice guns.
A.C Slater wearing his tank top, showing off his nice guns.

This may seem out of the sorts but one of the big trends during this time were body piercings. Piercings such as belly buttons, and many other places you could poke a needle through people definitely tried. And another trend for the younger 90’s kids were lunchboxes. I had a little pink lunchbox that I was in love with even though I barely ate lunch from home, I tried that but it always failed because I was too lazy to make sandwiches, but I was never lazy for my fruit snacks.

One of my least favorite things to wear that were popular were turtlenecks. They were also so uncomfortable, and were so itchy. I could only take this pain for so long, I will never forget the day I wore a bright pink one with a star planted in the middle with all these sequins. Smh. By far one of my fashion disasters. However, a personal favorite of mine was wearing bucket hats who was made popular by LL Cool J and Jam Master Jay who were both legends way before my time and made them popular during the 80’s. The bucket hats came back because of artists Rakim, Ghostface Killah and Damon Dash.

Big fashion that rose was Coogi, and Tommy Hilfiger. Tommy Hilfiger for one was huge because of the late Aaliyah who rocked the two piece Hilfiger outfit, and also for all the guys they wanted to look like the late Grand Puba, or Puff Daddy also known after his seventh hundreth time of changing his name over the years Diddy. What topped it off though was the rise of Ralph Lauren with adding their Polo Bear collection and their Sports collection! To which the Polo bear collection is my favorite and is definitely a classic. The American Flag logo because just as recognized to what brand you were sporting just as the horse.

Notorious B.I.G rocking his Coogi sweater.
Notorious B.I.G rocking his Coogi sweater.

To top off this era the G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) Michael Jordan. The man of the hour! The man who won 6 championships, and to this day is still one of best. Created his sneaker Air Jordans which are one of the most popular shoes and sell out every year with top selling numbers and to which are my favorite sneakers. Even though I may not have every pair, I could definitely name a good amount of his sneakers.

This era was an era of ups and downs with fashion and trends! However, it was huge mark just as any other era throughout the years and has had trends that still out to this day!

Flashback Friday: Soccer Uniforms By Anthony Zurita

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A flashback to soccer jerseys can be very interesting. There are hardly any soccer jerseys from the 1990s that are appealing to the eye. In fact, it’s more like you wonder why anyone would design this, let alone make it the uniform for their team. If I could describe 1990s soccer jerseys in a few sentences, I would say that designers tried to fit as many different colors on one jersey as they could.

In 1995, FC Barcelona had one of the worst football jerseys I’ve ever seen. It features a thick light and dark blue lines in no particular order or seemingly logical design, and has bits of red here and there. I have absolutely no clue what was going on there.

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In 1990, The Australian national soccer team had jerseys that featured bits of orange, green, and yellow. It is understandable that the designers were going for a palm or leaf design, but it is also understandable that it looks like it is an abstract drawing done by a 6 year old. australia-home-shirt-1991-s_2081_1

Now those previously mentioned jerseys were pretty awful but I must say that the VFL Bochum jersey of 1997 wins the grand prize as most hideous jersey of the 1990s. I understand many others had poor designs and color combinations, but this jersey is one of the most confusing and terrifying things I have ever see. The jersey is half blue, and half rainbow. That’s right, rainbow. It starts at the shoulder with red and ends around the stomach with purple like any other rainbow. But then the rest of the space is white. So it would be more accurate to say that the the jersey is one half blue, one quarter rainbow, and one quarter white. The proportions don’t really matter, this jersey is an absolute disaster.

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To all soccer fans, life may be tough, but at least the world’s players do not wear the unsightly jerseys they wore in the 90s.

To see more hideous jerseys not just from the 90s, check this out: http://www.shortlist.com/style/wardrobe/50-worst-football-kits-ever#gallery-item-8

Flashback Friday: Sneaker Stalker By Nicholas Gallo

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During the 1990’s, Michael Jordan completely revolutionized the sneaker game. Before Jordan, basketball players used to just wear all white sneakers. Upon the debut of the Air Jordan 1 in 1985, the sneaker game was from then on transformed and would only continue to enhance exponentially.

The Air Jordan 1 “Chicago” was Jordan’s first signature shoe. This is the sneaker that started it all. Jordan wore this pair in a game and was fined for $5,000 per game due to violating the NBA’s policy of “uniformity of uniform.” The fine did not get in his way as he proved himself to the world and dominated the league as a rookie. He went on to win the Rookie of the Year Award and even made his first All Star Game appearance.

6 years later, the Air Jordan 6 was debuted in 1990. Jordan led the Bulls to the victory over the Lakers during the 1990-1991 season. Michael also won the Finals MVP, his second league MVP, and his 5th scoring title. Each year a new Air Jordan sneaker was released all the way up to the year 2009 when the Air Jordan 23 was released. Every shoe also has some type of meaning to them; whether its for Jordan’s achievements or the sneaker’s design itself.

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: MUSIC OF THE ’90s/EARLY 2000’S BY AMANDA KRAUSE

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Often times while listening to Top 40 Radio, it’s common to hear people complain that “music just isn’t the same as it used to be.” While some people feel that current music, made mostly with computers and electronics, “isn’t real music,” others feel that music of 2014 lacks any true meaning. While there may be some listeners who disagree, I feel that music released in the late ‘90s and early 2000’s greatly stands out from the music of the last twenty years.

Don’t get me wrong. There is some really incredible music being made by emerging artists today. Musicians such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Taylor Swift, and Imagine Dragons have all proved to be incredible at their art. While there are certain aspects to today’s music that I certainly love, I think that music made in the previous fifteen years has been far more influential for future artists.

Let’s start with the late ‘90s. By 1995, some of the best rock songs of our generation had been released. Without the pressure to release attention-getting, racy songs that today’s artists are pressured to create, artists and bands of these years were able to create music with real meaning and originality.  Songwriters of this era not only created universal songs that are still relevant today, but also affected the music for all future generations. With the rising popularity of bands such as No Doubt, Blink 182 and Green Day, 1995 was the year of punk rock and ska. Without these three bands, some of today’s most popular music, such as Paramore and Fall Out Boy, would not exist.

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In my opinion, punk rock bands dominated the music industry in the late ‘90s and paved the way for future artists. As for the top five songs of this era, here are my picks (in no particular order):

  1. Spiderwebs – No Doubt

  2. What’s My Age Again? – Blink 182

  3. WonderwallOasis

  4. Brain Stew – Green Day

  5. Bittersweet SymphonyThe Verve

While songs released in the late ‘90s were certainly a monumental peak for music of the late 20th century, music released in 2000-2008 is, arguably, some of the best and most underrated music of all time. During this time period, Top 40 Radio was still centered on punk rock, but also began to feature more indie and even “emo” styles. The music of these years not only affected the music industry for years after, but also changed the style and pop culture of all those living at that time. Below is a list of some of my top ten songs of 2000-2008.

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  1. Dance, Dance – Fall Out BoyImage

  2.  Misery Business – Paramore

  3. I Write Sins Not TragediesPanic! At the Disco

  4. Somebody Told MeThe Killers

  5. American Idiot – Green Day

  6. Ocean AvenueYellowcard

  7. The MiddleJimmy Eat World

  8. Just A Girl – No Doubt

  9. The Best of You – The Foo Fighters

  10. Complicated – Avril Lavigne

Now, I may have gotten a little carried away talking about the punk rock bands of this era, but all genres featured some incredible releases. For those interested in older songs of all genres, VH1 compiled a great list of the top 100 songs of the 2000’s and it’s definitely worth the read. Obviously the mentioned artists are some of my favorites, but who are yours? What do you consider to be the best music of the 1990’s/ early 2000’s?

 

Flashback Friday: The Greatest Sports Teams of the ’90s By Taylor Christensen

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Back in the ‘90s, the world of sports saw some of its greatest teams to ever play. Sports like football, hockey, and basketball would see teams of a caliber in which they would never see again.

In football, the dynasty of the ‘90s was, unfortunately for me, a Giants fan, was the Dallas Cowboys (Although the Giants won Super Bowl XXV in 1991). With the offensive trifecta of Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, and Michael Irvin, the Cowboys won 3 Super Bowls in a span of 4 years, winning back-to-back in the 1992 and ‘93 seasons. The Buffalo Bills also had one of the most, if not the most, explosive offense will Jim Kelly at the reigns. With other weapons like Andre Reed and Thurman Thomas, the Bills made it to 4 straight Super Bowls. Consecutively. Something that had never happened and will never happen again, it is one of the most impressive team efforts in football history. I mean, they lost all four, but still, four straight. That’s insane.

The 1990s were a great time for the NHL. With the best players to play the game playing at the time, like Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, and Mario Lemieux, some great teams were conceived. The dynamic duo of Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win back-to-back Stanley Cups in ‘91 and ‘92. In 1997 and ‘98 seasons, the Detroit Red Wings, led by captain Steve Yzerman, 6th all-time scorer in NHL history, captured back-to-back Stanley Cup titles. Also, any team with Patrick Roy in their goal had a great shot to win. Arguably the best goalie to ever play, Roy won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in ‘93 and the Colorado Avalanche in ‘96, their first year of existence.

Basketball in the ‘90s consisted a bunch of great teams, usually the ones with Michael Jordan on the team. The Chicago Bulls won back-to-back-to-back in the ‘91, ‘92, and ‘93 seasons, Jordan being the MVP in all 3. Not to mention the 1992 USA Olympic Basketball team, the “Dream Team”. Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and all of the finest players in the the United States. The 1990s saw some the best basketball ever played.

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[Top Left]: Emmitt Smith (left) and Michael Irvin (right) celebrate one of their three Super Bowl victories of the ’90s. [Top Right]: The dynamic duo of Jaromir Jagr (left) and Mario Lemieux (right) chuckles on the bench of one of their games. [Bottom]: Team photo of the USA basketball team for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Bacelona.

The sports world in the 1990s was at a level that we may never see again. It bums me out that I wasn’t there to see it. But from what I see from YouTube clips, and what I hear from people who have seen it, there’s no doubt in my mind that that decade was one of the, if not the greatest decades in sports history.