1994: “Today”: “What is the Internet, Anyway?”

Some confusion is obvious on the set of NBC’s “Today” show, regarding the Internet and the @-sign. This is reportedly footage from between segments that was not originally aired, and apparently dates to January 1994, around the time of the Northridge earthquake (that occurred literally five minutes from where I’m sitting, and which I remember very well indeed). Both the video and audio of this clip were in terrible shape when I received it recently — I’ve cleaned up both as much as possible, though the quality (especially hue distortion) still definitely isn’t anything to write home about. Don’t laugh too hard at Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric. It’s easy to forget how relatively recent a phenomenon the Internet is for most persons who use it today!
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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