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They Were the Best of Times, They Were...Oh, You Know

Contributors to the 20th Anniversary issue proffer what they consider to be the finest--and darkest--hours of the past two decades.
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Contributors

In the interest of retrospection, introspection, and the need to give credit where credit is due, Inc. asked contributors to this issue what they consider to be the finest--and the darkest--hours of the past two decades

SENIOR STAFF WRITER
EMILY BARKER

Finest: The premiere of The X-Files
Darkest: Apple's fall from grace

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
PAUL BROWN

Finest: The rise of businesses founded and led by women
Darkest: The demise of great corporate nicknames such as "Ming the Merciless" (turnaround artist Sandy Sigoloff) and "Darth Vader" (American Airlines' Robert Crandall)

SENIOR EDITOR
LEIGH BUCHANAN

Finest: The election of Bill Clinton to a first term
Darkest: The election of Bill Clinton to a second term

SENIOR STAFF WRITER
CHRISTOPHER CAGGIANO

Finest: The advent of a seller's market in labor, resulting in a resounding "I told you so" from this prescient writer
Darkest: The murder of Matthew Shepard

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
GEORGE GENDRON

Finest: The fall of the Berlin Wall
Darkest: George Smiley's final appearance in a John LeCarré novel

SENIOR WRITER
SUSAN GRECO

Finest: The birth of Roller- blade Inc.
Darkest: The death of J. Peterman Co.

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
CURTIS P. HARTMAN

Finest: Watching the ongoing bull market
Darkest: Having all my assets in the small-cap companies I wrote about for Inc.

EXECUTIVE EDITOR
MICHAEL S. HOPKINS

Finest: The invention of a new material with the brand name Polarfleece
Darkest: The reinvention of an old atrocity with the euphemistic name ethnic cleansing

STAFF WRITER
MIKE HOFMAN

Finest: The launch of MTV
Darkest: The proliferation of minivans

SENIOR EDITOR
JOSHUA HYATT

Finest: The cancellation of Melrose Place
Darkest: The cancellation of thirtysomething

SENIOR EDITOR
NANCY J. LYONS

Finest: The return of bluebirds to the New England region
Darkest: The Challenger disaster

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
ROBERT A. MAMIS

Finest: The spread of capitalism in the third world
Darkest: The day in 1984 that Inc. made me give up my IBM Selectric typewriter

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
TOM RICHMAN

Finest: The U.S. Supreme Court's rejection of an amendment to Colorado's constitution that banned laws protecting gay people from discrimination
Darkest: Colorado's passing the amendment in the first place

SPECIAL-ASSIGNMENT EDITOR
JEFFREY L. SEGLIN

Finest: The elections of Nelson Mandela and Vaclav Havel as, respectively, South Africa's first postapartheid and the Czech Republic's first post-Communist presidents
Darkest: The death of Jim Henson

ARTICLES EDITOR
THEA SINGER

Finest: The handshake between Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin
Darkest: The death of George Balanchine

CONTRIBUTING WRITER
JERRY USEEM

Finest: The Red Sox in the 1986 World Series
Darkest: The Red Sox in the 1986 World Series

SENIOR EDITOR
MICHAEL WARSHAW

Finest: The revolution in medicine brought about by gene-splicing technology
Darkest: The Dodgers' failure to return to Brooklyn

SENIOR WRITER
EDWARD O. WELLES

Finest: The release of Nelson Mandela
Darkest: The release of the Starr report

Last updated: May 15, 1999




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