This Year's 25 Geekiest 25th Anniversaries

Publishing this list on Buzzblog has become a January ritual, this being the fourth annual. So, here is the roughly alphabetized list (and the sharp-eyed will note that a few aren't really geeky; my list, my prerogative.)

Publishing this list on Buzzblog has become a January ritual, this being the fourth annual. If you'd like to see the old pictures, the slideshow lives here. Otherwise, here's a truncated version, roughly alphabetized (and the sharp-eyed will note that a few aren't really geeky; my list, my prerogative.)

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1. The release of an AM/FM Watch from Citizen practically redefined cool. No, really, it was cool back then … in a Dick Tracy kind of way.

2. Commodore rented New York's Lincoln Center to debut its Amiga 1000 personal computer, which featured 256KB of RAM and a price tag of $1,595.

3. What remains of AOL will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

4. The first laser printer for the Mac, Apple LaserWriter featured a resolution of 300 dpi and a whopping price tag: $6,995.

5. Opening July 3, the first of three "Back to the Future" films would be the year's top box office draw at $380 million?

6. The first Blockbuster store opened in Dallas.

7. Perhaps foretelling the demise of the pay phone, British Telecom announced that it would begin phasing out its iconic red telephone kiosks. More than 12,500 remain in use from a high of 75,000.

8. Formally known as buckminsterfullerene C60, the buckyball -- a molecule composed entirely of carbon -- was discovered by Robert Curl, Harold Kroto and Richard Smalley, who would win the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

9. Canada's Chess'N Math Association was founded.

10. New Coke … really, 25 years ago.

11. The Cray-2 became the world's fastest computer at 1.9 GFLOPS.

12. Backed by $5 million from the BBC and American investors, John Hendricks launched The Discovery Channel.

13. Beginning with on March 15, the year would see the registration of the first half-dozen dot-com domain names. The other five:,,, and

14. In March, Richard Stallman published his GNU Manifesto in Dr. Dobb's Journal of Software Tools and on Oct. 4 he founded the non-profit Free Software Foundation.

15. The Jetsons returned to TV. Yes, the original was a child of the '60s, but roughly two-thirds of the 75 episodes knocking around syndication were created during the show's second production run, which began in 1985 and ended two years later.

16. MacGyver became the DIYer's secret agent of choice.

17. You don't get much geekier than the MIT Media Lab, which celebrates its 25th this year.

18. Forced out at Apple in September, Steve Jobs founded NeXT, Inc.

19. The Nintendo Entertainment System hit U.S. stores on Oct. 18.

20. A trio of British Antarctic Survey scientists published a paper in the May issue of Nature in which they described a hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica. Fortunately, the hole was patched by MacGyver and there's nothing to worry about today.

21. A battery-assisted recumbent tricycle that tops out at 15 mph? Who wouldn't want a Sinclair C5? … Only 12,000 were sold.

22. Robert Ballard and his team discovered the wreck of the Titanic on Sept. 1.

23. Unabomber Ted Kaczynski was at his most prolific in 1985, sending four bombs. On Dec. 11, one of them killed Hugh Scrutton, a computer rental store owner and Kaczynski's first murder victim.

24. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?

25. And finally, on Nov. 20, Microsoft released Windows 1.0 (actually it was Windows 1.01).

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This story, "This Year's 25 Geekiest 25th Anniversaries" was originally published by Network World.

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