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BC RetroTech: 1995

11/10/10

In 1995, a gallon of gas cost about $1.09, a loaf of bread $2.02, and the average price of a new home was $113,150. Bill Clinton was President, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the year at 5,117.12, a near-record at the time. The Red Sox hadn’t won the World Series in 77 years, and it would be another 9 years before they did. This year's freshmen were about 3 years-old.

Here at BC, Agora was in its infancy, described as “a communications project that will bring voicemail, electronic mail, cable TV, and Internet access to the Boston College community.”

Exciting new services greeted people returning to campus that fall, including voice mail (“Ditch the answering machine for now!”), direct connections to the web (“E-mail and chat on the phone simultaneously – if you think you can handle it!”), and 53 cable channels with no cable box required.

Students could finance their computers (including an IBM laptop priced at over $3,000), and Apples were cheaper than PCs.

Click the links below to step back into 1995 and see some of what BC ITS had to offer 15 years ago.

What is Agora?

1995 Technology Q&A

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