The most infamous promotion in American sports history went down at Chicago’s Comiskey Park in July 12, 1979 where fans took advantage of 98 cent tickets to more than triple that year’s average attendance. After two radio DJs riled up the crowd with chants of “Disco Sucks” they blew up a box of disco records. The crowd went nuts, destroying seats and urinals, ripping up the field and lighting bonfires in the outfield. After a seeming eternity the police showed up on horseback and cleared the scene.
The Night Disco Died
The Chipotle principals reflect on the creation of the burrito shop, its apprenticeship under McDonald’s, and its explosive growth since striking out on its own.
Chipotle: The Definitive Oral History
Politico Magazine provides a heart-pounding recount of President Bush’s early reaction to 9/11, Air Force One’s dramatic journey, and the ultimate recognition of a new reality.
‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’
Huffington Post provides a 15th anniversary look back at Election and Reese Witherspoon’s iconic portrayal of the electrically manic Tracy Flick.
Pick Flick: An Oral History Of ‘Election,’ 15 Years Later
The Scorpions aren’t known for their nuanced appraisal of sociopolitical realities, but their iconic power ballad “Winds of Change” (1991) and the accompanying heavily politicized video are beautiful odes to a naive hope for a better world ahead.
Scorpions’ ‘Wind of Change’: The Oral History of 1990’s Epic Power Ballad
Trump campaign correspondents tell their war stories regarding covering the most hostile and anti-media presidential campaign in modern American history.
Covering Trump: An oral history of an unforgettable campaign
The Daily Beast provides a humorous tongue-in-cheek look at the ubiquitous dumpster fire analogy in coverage of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.
An Oral History of ‘Dumpster Fire’
Howard Dean was a charismatic 2004 Democratic presidential candidate on the upswing when he unleashed an unholy howl ahead of the Iowa presidential caucus. The rest is political and internet history.
The Dean Scream: An Oral History
BlackBerrys were one of the most ubiquitous of the early smartphones, its most devoted business users fatiguingly deriding them as “crackberries.” It’s Canadian founders experienced the heady days of the early Internet boom, but RIM’s story is ultimately one of what could have been.
The Rise and Fall of BlackBerry: An Oral History
Jurassic Park was a excellent idea executed excellently. The CGI stands up 20+ years later like few of its contemporaries. Entertainment Weekly revisited the film for its 20th anniversary and has some wonderful anecdotes, including how the crew was scared of the malfunctioning T-Rex puppet.
Jurassic Park: An oral history
Uproxx goes deep on the odd, and oddly loved, “Potato Chip” sketch from a 2009 show staring Blake Lively, Will Forte, and Jason Sudeikis.
‘Potato Chip’: The Behind-The-Scenes Story Of The Weirdest ‘SNL’ Sketch Ever
The 1986 Challenger explosion was uniquely awful because it carried schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe and was broadcast live into hundreds of American schools. The repercussions would be felt for years.
An Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster
Early hip-hop often referenced hot brands as a sign of cred, but when hip-hop oddly embraced the preppy stylings of Tommy Hilfiger the gig was soon up.
Top Gear: The Oral History of Hip-Hop’s Love Affair With Tommy Hilfiger
The baseball blog “Fire Joe Morgan” is still remembered fondly by readers who like witty eviscerations of sports cliches and their human embodiments.
We Didn’t Know What The F— We Were Doing: Fire Joe Morgan on Fire Joe Morgan
The Les Grossman part in Tropic Thunder (2008) was added late because the screenwriting team thought they needed another villain besides a 12-year-old Asian drug kingpin. Tom Cruise was originally targeted for the lead ultimately played by Ben Stiller, but agreed to play Grossman and he played the part to the max: an iconically demonic portrayal of a Hollywood studio boss with many incredible one-liners–most of which are completely unrepeatable in decent company.
The Making of Les Grossman: An Oral History
L.A.’s Laurel Canyon housed superstars like Joni Mitchell, the Eagles, CSNY, and Carole King during a particularly creative time in their lives and, of course, they lived it up in classic hippie fashion.
An Oral History of Laurel Canyon, the 60s and 70s Music Mecca
Pop-Up Video premiered in 1996 over the objections of music purists who thought annotated music videos were the harbinger of the apocalypse. The annotations were written in a distinct style that could either lampoon or laud the video or just provide facts loosely tied to the video content.
‘The Internet Before The Internet’: How ‘Pop-Up Video’ Changed The Way We Devour Pop Culture
The gritty details and behind-the-scenes gossip of the stunningly incompetent Bush II presidency.
Farewell to All That: An Oral History of the Bush White House