Friday, January 13, 2012

The Daily Vault turns 15

The Daily Vault was founded on January 13, 1997, by Chicago-area music fanatic Christopher Thelen (a.k.a. Bob Pierce). Blah blah blah. If you're reading this, you know the deal. The point is, 15 years is a long time. One way to appreciate how long is to turn on the time machine and step back for a moment to January 13, 1997, when:

-- Most Americans had never heard of Osama bin Laden.

-- Cell phones were the size of a Tom Clancy paperback and did nothing but make phone calls.

-- 11% of the population of the developed world, and 1% of the population worldwide, had Internet access.  (Today it’s around 80% and 30%, respectively.)

-- The superfast new dial-up modems about to hit the market offered blazing 56K speed.

-- The “cool” browser of the moment was Netscape.

-- AOL, America’s leading Internet service provider, had recently moved to a new campus in Virginia to accommodate its clearly unstoppable growth.

-- Facebook was called a yearbook, and most people were grateful there was no chat function.

-- Google was a theoretical math concept, not a verb.

-- The Daily Vault was founded by Christopher Thelen.

We're now 7,025 reviews down the road from that epochal day. At this point, 83 different reviewers have contributed over 3 million words of thoughtful, witty, occasionally profane thoughts on the latest music to spin in their homes, cars and offices. We're still here, and we're not going anywhere.