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Bill Clinton begins his second term as president, a tobacco company admits that cigarettes are addictive, Princess Di is killed in an auto accident, and septuplets add to Iowa’s population. The year was 1997.

Unemployment stood at 5 percent with inflation listed as 2.5 percent. The average salary was $28,200 and the Dow Jones hit a high of 8,250. And a holy woman named Mother Teresa died at age 87. This was a public service ad back then: Nuclear Weapons. May They Rust in Peace.

Some quotes from the women who lived for 36 years and 87 years. See if you can distinguish between Princess Di and Mother Teresa.

“I lead from the heart, not the head.”

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

“They say it is better to be poor and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?”

“Let us always meet each other with a smile, for a smile is the beginning of love.”

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.”

“Words that do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness.”

The first set of three quotes are those of Princess Di. The second set are words from Mother Teresa.

Twenty years ago, Julia Roberts was the only woman in the top-ten box office list of movie stars. Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, John Travolta and Harrison Ford were on it. The movie about the Titanic actually added to Leonardo DiCapio’s movie success — or was it the reference to Chippewa Falls? As Guy Tyler declared after seeing “Titanic” for the third time: “In the Rose-attempts-suicide scene, director Jack Dawson talks about falling through the ice on Lake Wissota.” Keep in mind that Lake Wissota became a man-made lake in 1917. The Titanic sank in 1912. It’s not the first discrepancy that movies have made.

Barry Sanders was still playing football back then. Tiger Woods at age 21 won the Masters with an 18 under par. Mike Tyson attempted to devour Evander Holyfield’s ear in the third round. The fight ended then, and Tyson was suspended from boxing.

Florida beat Cleveland in a 7 game World Series, Brett Favre was MVP in football, and Silver Charm with jockey Gary Stevens aboard won the Kentucky Derby. And can you imagine this: grocery owners declared that 64 percent of their customers sample cookies, chips or candy without buying the products. And oh my: Mayor Rudy Giuliani of New York occasioned an annual press corps dinner in a Marilyn Monroe outfit. IBM’s Deep Blue computer defeated Garry Kasparov in a chess match. Kasparov commented that “I think IBM owes me and all mankind a rematch.” And in the world of baby dolls, the new Barbie comes out with more modest clothing, including smaller breasts and a larger waistline. That’s only a very small portion of the year 1997. You can read more in the American Chronicle by Lois and Alan Gordon.

A chuckle or three:

When my wife found out I replaced our bed with a trampoline, she hit the roof.

Velcro — what a rip-off.

I refused to believe that my road working father was stealing from his job, but when I got home all the signs were there.

Steve Henry is a former radio and TV news director, and outdoor writer and photographer. He can be reached at


Chippewa Herald editor

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