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Early Review of Back to the Future

Let me be the first to recommend Back to the Future. There’s life yet in the Steven Spielberg’s little world, which had started to get a little shopworn with Goonies.  All the familiar Spielberg elements are there: popular non-science, whacky nuclear family, small-town America, heartwarming twists of plot ... Yet three things save this one, in high style: 1) Robert Zemeckis’ direction. I don’t know how he does it, but somehow, without any particular style you can point your finger at, he has developed the lightest touch in movies, and I now believe that this man can put ANYTHING over on you, and make you love it. 2) The performance of the lead actor, whose name I don’t even know.  He now joins Tom (Risky Business) Cruise and ... (The Sure Thing) ... as the most appealling young comic actors in America.
– Steve Upstill in net.movies, June 30 1985

First Mention of IRC

I have recently got ahold of a program called irc (Internet Relay Chat) Each machine runs its own server and the servers are link in a tree fashion to a master server.  I’ve only messed with it a little, but it appears to be a good program.
– Todd Ferguson in comp.sources.d, February 10 1989

AOL Disks?

has this happened to anyone else? I have received 4 of those AOL disks over the last year or so, and I have never once taken them up on their free offers.
– Scott, via Bruce Fletcher, around 1994


For those interested, Jerry Seinfeld’s show has been renewed for the fall season. A good move by NBC, IMHO. If you haven’t seen the show, check it out.
– Brian Boguhn, via Larry Setlow, around 1990