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On History of the 90’s we’ll travel back in time through the stories that defined a decade. The last 10 years of the 20th century was a time like no other, from Columbine to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Seinfeld, Air Jordan, and the Spice Girls …if it happened in the 90’s you’ll hear about it on this podcast. Join Kathy Kenzora as we journey through the History of the 90's every other Wednesday. 

Latest Episodes

WWE Attitude Era | 17

EBetween 1997 and 2002 professional wrestling’s Attitude Era broke boundaries in ways like never before with risqué programming, adult oriented content and larger than life superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Bret Hart, The Undertaker and Sean Michaels. Throw in the Monday night ratings war between the WWF and the WCW and it was the perfect storm of wrestling greatness. WWF’s Monday Night Raw and the WCW’s Monday Nitro aired each week at the same time forcing fans to choose between the two. On June 17, 1996, Monday Nitro won the battle of the Monday night ratings for the first time. And It would go on to win the ratings war for the next 84 weeks in a row. It would take WCW two years to claw its way back to the top thanks to the outrageous programming of the Attitude Era. On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the Attitude Era as we try to understand why fans can’t get enough of 90s wrestling. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guest: Kevin Michie, Senior Broadcast & Content Associate, Anchor, Sportsnet.ca Contributor https://www.sportsnet.ca/author/kevin-michie/ Twitter: @kevinmichie

42 MIN1 w ago
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WWE Attitude Era | 17

The Somalia Affair | 16

ESomalia was struck by a famine of staggering proportions which was made worse by the fact that militia leaders were stealing foreign aid that was shipped from other nations. The Canadian military was part of a UN humanitarian peacekeeping mission to ensure food and medical supplies got to desperate Somali’s. Canada’s elite Airborne Regiment was deployed as part of the mission in December 1992 and within months would become involved in one of Canada’s ugliest moments in history. In March 1993, a 16-year-old Somali boy was beaten and tortured to death after he was caught by soldiers sneaking into a military compound. Soldiers took photos posing with Shidane Arone after he had been brutalized for hours. The same regiment would come under fire two years later when homemade videos were released to the media which showed Airborne Commandos making racists remarks and taking part in a disturbing hazing ceremony. On this episode, host Kathy Kenzora, looks back at these events as well as the court martials and public inquiry that followed what has become known as the Somalia Affair. To read more about the report mentioned in this episode entitled, Dishonoured Legacy: The Lessons of the Somalia Affair: Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia follow this link: https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/6881 Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guest: Scott Taylor, editor and publisher of Esprit de Corps magazine http://espritdecorps.ca/ Twitter: @EDC_Mag Facebook: @EspritDeC Instagram: @espritdecorps_magazne

50 MIN3 w ago
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The Somalia Affair | 16

The Menendez Brothers | 15

On August 20, 1989, Jose and Kitty Menendez were brutally murdered inside the home of their Beverly Hills Mansion. The scene was so gruesome that early speculation focused on the possibility of a mob hit. But soon the focus shifted to the couple’s handsome young sons. Lyle and Eric Menendez were eventually arrested for the murders and their sensational televised trial kicked off an era of high-profile criminal trials that captured the public’s imagination through the ‘90s. In fact, it was the Menendez case that cleared the way for the trial of the century, the OJ trial, and foreshadowed our fascination with true crime docuseries and reality TV. On this episode we’re taking a second look at the murder trials of Erik and Lyle Menendez and ask the question, if the brother’s stood trial today, would there be a different outcome in light of our current understanding of sexual abuse and family violence? You’ll hear from Robert Rand, a journalist and author who has been working on the Menendez story for 30 years and recently uncovered incredible new evidence regarding the brother’s allegations of sexual abuse by their father. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guest: Robert Rand, author of The Menendez Murders: The Shocking Inside Story of an American Tragedy. www.menedezmurders.com Twitter: @Menendezrand

50 MINJAN 22
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The Menendez Brothers | 15

The Birth of Online Dating | 14

Depending on who you talk to, the introduction of online dating in 1995 either revolutionized society or destroyed it. On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the creation of online dating and how it became such a normal part of our lives. We talk to the creator of Match.com and the first mainstream dating website about what inspired him to use the internet to solve the age-old problem of finding a perfect match. And we unpack the data that has been collected by sociologists who have been studying online dating to understand how swiping left and right has impacted how we meet and who we meet. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: Gary Kremen, pioneer of online dating. Twitter: @gkremen www.kremen.com David Kushner, author of The Player’s Ball: A Genius, A Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise Twitter: @davidkushner www.davidkushner.com

25 MINJAN 8
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The Birth of Online Dating | 14

The Top 10 Stories of 1990 | 13

If 1990 was anything, it was a year of incredible change -- Sure it was the beginning of a new decade but more than that….much more….it was the start of a new era in human history. The decade that followed ushered in the end of communism, and apartheid. It saw the beginning of technological wonders that would both bring the world together and divide it …..and along the way change the very way we communicate with each other …..It was also a time for some of the greatest achievements in music, television, and sport. On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back and counts down 10 of the most memorable events from 1990. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca

26 MIN2019 DEC 25
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The Top 10 Stories of 1990 | 13

Olympic Bombing and The Wrong Man, Richard Jewell | 12

In July 1996, a back pack bomb rocked the Summer Olympics in Atlanta killing one person and injuring over 100 others. The bomb had been left under a bench in the middle of Centennial Olympic Park on the eighth day of the games. On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the tragedy that struck the 100th games and the police investigation that followed. Security Guard Richard Jewell who discovered the bomb before it exploded was first hailed a hero. Then just a few days later he was identified as the main suspect by the media who had a field day with his reputation. This is the story of Richard Jewell, a cautionary tale about what happens when the police and the media rush to judgment. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: Kent Alexander, former US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Twitter: @Kentbale Kevin Salwen, Journalist Twitter: @KevinSalwen They co-authored: T...

43 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Olympic Bombing and The Wrong Man, Richard Jewell | 12

Beanie Babies | 11

How did Beanie Babies go from boom to bust? On this episode of History of the 90s, Host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the cute, colorful bean bag animals that started off as a toy but soon became an obsession for collectors who were buying and selling the furry creatures on this new thing called EBAY. Beanie Babies were traded like stocks and even became long term investments for some optimistic buyers. Of course, where there’s money to be made there’s also crime and deception and Beanie Babies were no different. We’ll look back at how greed and hysteria over the 5-dollar plush toy also led to a wave of theft, fraud and fakery. We’ll trace the Beanie Baby Bubble from start to finish and try to figure out if the man who invented the toy was a genius or an accidental billionaire. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: Zac Bissonnette author, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: The Amazing Story of How America Lo...

42 MIN2019 NOV 27
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Beanie Babies | 11

Tracy Latimer - Mercy Killing or Murder | 10

In October 1993, Saskatchewan farmer, Robert Latimer, pumped exhaust fumes into the cab of a pickup truck ending the life of his severely disabled 12-year-old daughter. He claimed it was a mercy killing and that he only wanted to end Tracy`s constant pain. Host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the heated debate that surrounded the death of Tracy Latimer. The subject of euthanasia was fiercely debated in the 90s. It seemed every few months we heard news that Dr Jack Kevorkian had helped another terminally ill person end their life in the United States. In Canada, Sue Rodrigues asked the Supreme Court to let a doctor help her die. When the court said no Rodrigues did it anyway forcing the government to take a look at whether society was ready for legalized euthanasia. But the case of Tracey Latimer was different because she was a child and her parent made the decision for her leading to one of the most polarizing court dramas in Canadian history. Disabled activists weigh in on this issue along with the author Gary Bauslaugh who has written extensively about Robert Latimer’s lengthy legal battle. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: Gary Bauslaugh author of: Robert Latimer: A Story of Justice and Mercy https://www.garybauslaugh.com/ Krista Carr, Executive Vice President of Canadian Association for Community Living Twitter: @KristaCarrNB https://cacl.ca/ Pat Danforth, Vice Chair of Council of Canadians with Disabilities http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/

40 MIN2019 NOV 13
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Tracy Latimer - Mercy Killing or Murder | 10

Scream | 9

On this episode ofHistory of the ’90s, Scream, the movie directed by legendary directorWes Cravengave new life to the horror genre and inspired a generation of teen movies. In the mid 90’s, the horror movie genre was almost dead, thanks in part to a slew of badly received sequels to iconic franchise like Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Then Scream, with its“Ghostface”serial killer, slashed its way into theaters. Scream was like no other horror movie before because it wasn’t just terrifying, it was also incredibly self-aware. From the opening scene when Drew Barrymore is asked, “What’s your favorite scary movie?” it was pretty clear this wasn’t what we were used to. Scream was unique. The characters knew about slasher movies and ironically recognized they were in the middle of one. This episode looks back at how Scream came to be, including the little-known story of its inspiration. Also did you know that scream was originally called Scary Movie? But studio execs thought it was too on the nose so they suggested Scream…which was the name of a hugely popular song and video released in 1994 starring Michael Jackson and his sister Janet. We’ll cover all this and we’ll try to understand why it became the most successful slasher movie franchise in history and how it continues to influence horror movies over 20 years later. If you enjoyHistory of the ’90s, please take a minute to rate it, tell us what you think and share the show with your friends. Contact: Twitter:@1990shistory Facebook:@1990shistory Instagram:@that90spodcast Email:90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: John Kenneth Muir author ofHorror Movies of the 1990s http://reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com/ Twitter: @JKMuir

39 MIN2019 OCT 30
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Scream | 9

JFK Jr. The Prince of Camelot | 8

On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the cultural impact of John F. Kennedy Jr. After the assassination of US President Kennedy, John Jr, grew up as a living national treasure who was expected to carry on the hopes and dreams of his father. in addition to his family’s political legacy, he was a legitimately good-looking guy who was not afraid to flaunt it. John’s fame peaked in the 90s, after being deemed the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine. His every move was chronicled by the tabloids, with the media keeping close tabs on him, whether it was at work or play. On this episode we’ll take a closer look at, George, the political magazine he founded in 1995 as well as his marriage to Carolyn Bessette. We’ll talk to people who knew him and you’ll hear new details about his life and his short marriage that ended in tragedy in 1999 when John and Carolyn, along with her sister Lauren were killed in a plane crash. Their deaths not only marked the ...

57 MIN2019 OCT 16
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JFK Jr. The Prince of Camelot | 8

Latest Episodes

WWE Attitude Era | 17

EBetween 1997 and 2002 professional wrestling’s Attitude Era broke boundaries in ways like never before with risqué programming, adult oriented content and larger than life superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Bret Hart, The Undertaker and Sean Michaels. Throw in the Monday night ratings war between the WWF and the WCW and it was the perfect storm of wrestling greatness. WWF’s Monday Night Raw and the WCW’s Monday Nitro aired each week at the same time forcing fans to choose between the two. On June 17, 1996, Monday Nitro won the battle of the Monday night ratings for the first time. And It would go on to win the ratings war for the next 84 weeks in a row. It would take WCW two years to claw its way back to the top thanks to the outrageous programming of the Attitude Era. On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the Attitude Era as we try to understand why fans can’t get enough of 90s wrestling. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guest: Kevin Michie, Senior Broadcast & Content Associate, Anchor, Sportsnet.ca Contributor https://www.sportsnet.ca/author/kevin-michie/ Twitter: @kevinmichie

42 MIN1 w ago
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WWE Attitude Era | 17

The Somalia Affair | 16

ESomalia was struck by a famine of staggering proportions which was made worse by the fact that militia leaders were stealing foreign aid that was shipped from other nations. The Canadian military was part of a UN humanitarian peacekeeping mission to ensure food and medical supplies got to desperate Somali’s. Canada’s elite Airborne Regiment was deployed as part of the mission in December 1992 and within months would become involved in one of Canada’s ugliest moments in history. In March 1993, a 16-year-old Somali boy was beaten and tortured to death after he was caught by soldiers sneaking into a military compound. Soldiers took photos posing with Shidane Arone after he had been brutalized for hours. The same regiment would come under fire two years later when homemade videos were released to the media which showed Airborne Commandos making racists remarks and taking part in a disturbing hazing ceremony. On this episode, host Kathy Kenzora, looks back at these events as well as the court martials and public inquiry that followed what has become known as the Somalia Affair. To read more about the report mentioned in this episode entitled, Dishonoured Legacy: The Lessons of the Somalia Affair: Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia follow this link: https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/6881 Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guest: Scott Taylor, editor and publisher of Esprit de Corps magazine http://espritdecorps.ca/ Twitter: @EDC_Mag Facebook: @EspritDeC Instagram: @espritdecorps_magazne

50 MIN3 w ago
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The Somalia Affair | 16

The Menendez Brothers | 15

On August 20, 1989, Jose and Kitty Menendez were brutally murdered inside the home of their Beverly Hills Mansion. The scene was so gruesome that early speculation focused on the possibility of a mob hit. But soon the focus shifted to the couple’s handsome young sons. Lyle and Eric Menendez were eventually arrested for the murders and their sensational televised trial kicked off an era of high-profile criminal trials that captured the public’s imagination through the ‘90s. In fact, it was the Menendez case that cleared the way for the trial of the century, the OJ trial, and foreshadowed our fascination with true crime docuseries and reality TV. On this episode we’re taking a second look at the murder trials of Erik and Lyle Menendez and ask the question, if the brother’s stood trial today, would there be a different outcome in light of our current understanding of sexual abuse and family violence? You’ll hear from Robert Rand, a journalist and author who has been working on the Menendez story for 30 years and recently uncovered incredible new evidence regarding the brother’s allegations of sexual abuse by their father. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guest: Robert Rand, author of The Menendez Murders: The Shocking Inside Story of an American Tragedy. www.menedezmurders.com Twitter: @Menendezrand

50 MINJAN 22
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The Menendez Brothers | 15

The Birth of Online Dating | 14

Depending on who you talk to, the introduction of online dating in 1995 either revolutionized society or destroyed it. On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the creation of online dating and how it became such a normal part of our lives. We talk to the creator of Match.com and the first mainstream dating website about what inspired him to use the internet to solve the age-old problem of finding a perfect match. And we unpack the data that has been collected by sociologists who have been studying online dating to understand how swiping left and right has impacted how we meet and who we meet. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: Gary Kremen, pioneer of online dating. Twitter: @gkremen www.kremen.com David Kushner, author of The Player’s Ball: A Genius, A Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise Twitter: @davidkushner www.davidkushner.com

25 MINJAN 8
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The Birth of Online Dating | 14

The Top 10 Stories of 1990 | 13

If 1990 was anything, it was a year of incredible change -- Sure it was the beginning of a new decade but more than that….much more….it was the start of a new era in human history. The decade that followed ushered in the end of communism, and apartheid. It saw the beginning of technological wonders that would both bring the world together and divide it …..and along the way change the very way we communicate with each other …..It was also a time for some of the greatest achievements in music, television, and sport. On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back and counts down 10 of the most memorable events from 1990. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca

26 MIN2019 DEC 25
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The Top 10 Stories of 1990 | 13

Olympic Bombing and The Wrong Man, Richard Jewell | 12

In July 1996, a back pack bomb rocked the Summer Olympics in Atlanta killing one person and injuring over 100 others. The bomb had been left under a bench in the middle of Centennial Olympic Park on the eighth day of the games. On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the tragedy that struck the 100th games and the police investigation that followed. Security Guard Richard Jewell who discovered the bomb before it exploded was first hailed a hero. Then just a few days later he was identified as the main suspect by the media who had a field day with his reputation. This is the story of Richard Jewell, a cautionary tale about what happens when the police and the media rush to judgment. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: Kent Alexander, former US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia Twitter: @Kentbale Kevin Salwen, Journalist Twitter: @KevinSalwen They co-authored: T...

43 MIN2019 DEC 11
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Olympic Bombing and The Wrong Man, Richard Jewell | 12

Beanie Babies | 11

How did Beanie Babies go from boom to bust? On this episode of History of the 90s, Host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the cute, colorful bean bag animals that started off as a toy but soon became an obsession for collectors who were buying and selling the furry creatures on this new thing called EBAY. Beanie Babies were traded like stocks and even became long term investments for some optimistic buyers. Of course, where there’s money to be made there’s also crime and deception and Beanie Babies were no different. We’ll look back at how greed and hysteria over the 5-dollar plush toy also led to a wave of theft, fraud and fakery. We’ll trace the Beanie Baby Bubble from start to finish and try to figure out if the man who invented the toy was a genius or an accidental billionaire. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: Zac Bissonnette author, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble: The Amazing Story of How America Lo...

42 MIN2019 NOV 27
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Beanie Babies | 11

Tracy Latimer - Mercy Killing or Murder | 10

In October 1993, Saskatchewan farmer, Robert Latimer, pumped exhaust fumes into the cab of a pickup truck ending the life of his severely disabled 12-year-old daughter. He claimed it was a mercy killing and that he only wanted to end Tracy`s constant pain. Host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the heated debate that surrounded the death of Tracy Latimer. The subject of euthanasia was fiercely debated in the 90s. It seemed every few months we heard news that Dr Jack Kevorkian had helped another terminally ill person end their life in the United States. In Canada, Sue Rodrigues asked the Supreme Court to let a doctor help her die. When the court said no Rodrigues did it anyway forcing the government to take a look at whether society was ready for legalized euthanasia. But the case of Tracey Latimer was different because she was a child and her parent made the decision for her leading to one of the most polarizing court dramas in Canadian history. Disabled activists weigh in on this issue along with the author Gary Bauslaugh who has written extensively about Robert Latimer’s lengthy legal battle. Contact: Twitter: @1990shistory Facebook: @1990shistory Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: Gary Bauslaugh author of: Robert Latimer: A Story of Justice and Mercy https://www.garybauslaugh.com/ Krista Carr, Executive Vice President of Canadian Association for Community Living Twitter: @KristaCarrNB https://cacl.ca/ Pat Danforth, Vice Chair of Council of Canadians with Disabilities http://www.ccdonline.ca/en/

40 MIN2019 NOV 13
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Tracy Latimer - Mercy Killing or Murder | 10

Scream | 9

On this episode ofHistory of the ’90s, Scream, the movie directed by legendary directorWes Cravengave new life to the horror genre and inspired a generation of teen movies. In the mid 90’s, the horror movie genre was almost dead, thanks in part to a slew of badly received sequels to iconic franchise like Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. Then Scream, with its“Ghostface”serial killer, slashed its way into theaters. Scream was like no other horror movie before because it wasn’t just terrifying, it was also incredibly self-aware. From the opening scene when Drew Barrymore is asked, “What’s your favorite scary movie?” it was pretty clear this wasn’t what we were used to. Scream was unique. The characters knew about slasher movies and ironically recognized they were in the middle of one. This episode looks back at how Scream came to be, including the little-known story of its inspiration. Also did you know that scream was originally called Scary Movie? But studio execs thought it was too on the nose so they suggested Scream…which was the name of a hugely popular song and video released in 1994 starring Michael Jackson and his sister Janet. We’ll cover all this and we’ll try to understand why it became the most successful slasher movie franchise in history and how it continues to influence horror movies over 20 years later. If you enjoyHistory of the ’90s, please take a minute to rate it, tell us what you think and share the show with your friends. Contact: Twitter:@1990shistory Facebook:@1990shistory Instagram:@that90spodcast Email:90s@curiouscast.ca Guests: John Kenneth Muir author ofHorror Movies of the 1990s http://reflectionsonfilmandtelevision.blogspot.com/ Twitter: @JKMuir

39 MIN2019 OCT 30
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Scream | 9

JFK Jr. The Prince of Camelot | 8

On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the cultural impact of John F. Kennedy Jr. After the assassination of US President Kennedy, John Jr, grew up as a living national treasure who was expected to carry on the hopes and dreams of his father. in addition to his family’s political legacy, he was a legitimately good-looking guy who was not afraid to flaunt it. John’s fame peaked in the 90s, after being deemed the Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine. His every move was chronicled by the tabloids, with the media keeping close tabs on him, whether it was at work or play. On this episode we’ll take a closer look at, George, the political magazine he founded in 1995 as well as his marriage to Carolyn Bessette. We’ll talk to people who knew him and you’ll hear new details about his life and his short marriage that ended in tragedy in 1999 when John and Carolyn, along with her sister Lauren were killed in a plane crash. Their deaths not only marked the ...

57 MIN2019 OCT 16
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JFK Jr. The Prince of Camelot | 8
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