December 1996

Root Page of Article: Going Into the Woods, by Christine Boese

Summer of '92

As I was driving I wondered to myself what it would take to make multimedia, hypermedia, and the Internet really tremendous and exciting (as opposed to tedious and boring, as much of it still is). At that time CD-ROMs were very rare and few titles on the market could even call themselves multimedia. (Manhole was the only thing I had seen worth squat.) Time-Warner hadn't even jumped on the bandwagon yet.

Bill Clinton was still governor of Arkansas.

The Midwest had turned into one giant, muddy lake.

On the way to New Orleans, my buddy Dave told me an interesting story about an experimental theater production in California.

An article by Robert Coover, titled "The End of Books" had just come out in The New York Times Book Review that summer.

I had stumbled upon the video of Tom Stoppard's play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and was considering it for the film series at Arkansas Governor's School, where I had been teaching for the summer. For fun I made a futile attempt to run lines of Hamlet during the backstage scenes, to see if they timed out right.

Out of the blue something strange happened. After all my random bouncing from idea to idea, the thoughts fit together with one big CLICK.

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