What a Year it Was!

In 1998, pop culture was at its peak –
making it an unforgettable year for all of us who remember living through it.

It also happens to mark the year that Gary Pudles opened AnswerNet’s doors for the very first time.

Let’s take a look back at that unforgettable year, and see what was happening in the world around us while Gary was “setting up” shop.

What a Year for Movies!

We saw heartwarming animations
like Mulan, Prince of Egypt, Antz,
Small Soldiers, and A Bug’s Life.

We often cried together during
heart-pounding dramas like
Saving Private Ryan
, Meet Joe
, and Shakespeare in Love.

We laughed out loud during The WaterBoy, There’s Something
About Mary, The Big Lewbowski,
Waking Ned Devine,
 and others.

We scared ourselves silly during
some of ’98’s most terrifying flicks,
like Godzilla, Deep Rising, Blade, Vampires, and Beloved.

And we were amazed at seeing Hollywood’s latest special effects
in films like Titanic, Pleasantville, Armageddon The Truman Show.

Music was off the charts!

The pop music scene was alive and
well in ’98 with memorable “get up
and dance” hits from pop artists like Madonna, *NSYNC, Britney Spears, and The Backstreet Boys.

Country music was on fire with hits
from Celine Dion, Garth Brooks,
LeAnn Rimes, Tim McGraw, and so many more.

R&B, soul, rap & hip hop artists like
Jay-Z, Beastie Boys, Lauryn Hill,
DMX, Destiny’s Child, Cypress Hill, Outkast, and even Aretha Franklin were tearin’ up the charts!

Classic & alternative rock was in
full throttle with Dave Matthews
, Sheryl Crow, Green Day,
Alanis Morissette, Lenny Kravitz,
Goo Goo Dolls, and the list goes on!

TV was ground-breaking!

’98 was rich with groundbreaking
TV shows – many way ahead of
their time. They changed comedy, broke stereotypes, and tackled
real-life issues head on. 

From the X-Files to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fresh Prince
of Bel Air
, Will & Grace, Sex &
the City
, Ellen, Deep Space Nine, Law & Order, and many others
that took risks and broke molds.

We also said goodbye to Seinfeld
in ’98… a sitcom that came to
us as a “show about nothing,”
forever changing the formula.
This new brand of humor stayed
with us throughout the decade
with shows like Friends, The King
of Queens
, Everybody Loves Raymond, Home Improvement, South Park, Frasier, and more.

This combination of captivating films, great music, and breakthrough television created a cultural explosion that left an indelible mark on all of us.

Of course 1998 also saw the birth of AnswerNet – a company that would evolve as a leader in shaping modern contact center communication solutions.