Video: And now, an important message from Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric about the Internet

posted at 5:39 pm on January 31, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Gizmodo, a palate-cleansing time capsule from the dawn of the modern media universe, a.k.a. 1994. I remember e-mail already being in full swing on campus at the time, but the wider “Internet” was still mostly a mystery. My first inkling of its untold possibilities came a year later when I saw an ad for “The Brady Bunch Movie” with a URL and the promise of a virtual tour of the Brady household at the link. That was when it hit me: If Netscape can show me where the Bradys eat dinner, what else can it show me?

To think, all these years later, that same Internet now gives me a platform to spout my inane opinions at you and post dopey clips like this. We’ve come very far, my friends. Very far indeed.

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NBC News has clearly regressed in the years since this display of brilliance.

JammieWearingFool on January 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

“Apparently, you don’t need a phone”.

Couric and Gumbel – Stupid in two centuries.

mikefln on January 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

If Netscape can show me where the Bradys eat dinner, what else can it show me?

Wow, did you ever play Doom? Did you not know there were Forums even then?

And God Almighty, why do you have to subject us to the katie couric longer 80-ish hairstyle! Oh, MY EYES!

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Katie Couric can see the internet from her house.

William Amos on January 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

two takeaways:

1) bryant gumbel is, and always was, a big jerk to everyone

2) i am glad we’ve moved beyond those dopey multi-part domain names (violence@nbc.ge.com — what???)

picklesgap on January 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Sad thing is we would have never seen this clip if not for the internet.

William Amos on January 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Bryant Gumbel sounded like a d-bag in the clip.

amerpundit on January 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Im@gine wh@t the 20 or so years will bring!

SouthernGent on January 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Perkey looked dopey even then.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2011 at 5:44 PM

@= around or about?????

wasn’t her husband an MD that’s been used in med charts for eons….

cmsinaz on January 31, 2011 at 5:45 PM

If Netscape can show me where the Bradys eat dinner, what else can it show me?

That must have been a very special day AP. :D

/IYKWIMAITYD

Lance Murdock on January 31, 2011 at 5:45 PM

Bryant Gumbel sounded like a d-bag in the clip.

amerpundit on January 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Ya, he was just being himself.

Ozprey on January 31, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Bryant Gumbel soundeds like a d-bag in the every clip.

amerpundit on January 31, 2011 at 5:43 PM

ftfy

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I believe that was the last time I watched the Today show…

d1carter on January 31, 2011 at 5:46 PM

To think, these very same Liberal mouth pieces want us to believe that Sarah Palin is some back woods twit hick with an IQ hovering around room temperature….

Video clips and sound bites prove otherwise…

Speaking of a back woods twit hick with an IQ hovering around room temp; anybody seen crr6 lately?

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

anybody seen crr6 lately?

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

beetlejuice is probably scouring the new ruling via the federal judge concerning obamacare looking for a loophole.

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Speaking of a back woods twit hick with an IQ hovering around room temp; anybody seen crr6 lately?

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

goin strong on the ‘headlines’ ObamaCare debate

Ozprey on January 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Ah yes, the good old days: The internet wasn’t a truck, Netscape was a viable browser, and Katie Couric was still an unabashed idiot.

elcapt on January 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Katie wearing that Roman helmet with the push broom on top, is a really bad look. Even for that year.

What? She’s not wearing a helmet? UGH!!! It’s even worse then. ROFL!!!

Ok Katie. Fess up. Someone fed you q’s and a’s during your interview with Palin. Right?

capejasmine on January 31, 2011 at 5:49 PM

goin strong on the ‘headlines’ ObamaCare debate

Ozprey on January 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Crap, that’ll make for some good reading… :-)
I’m guying stock in Lilly right now…

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 5:51 PM

It’s like a series of tubes…duh!

Inanemergencydial on January 31, 2011 at 5:51 PM

guying = buying / jeez

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM

I am shocked that Algore hadn’t taken the time to explain the internets to his friends!

Mallard T. Drake on January 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM

goin strong on the ‘headlines’ ObamaCare debate

Ozprey on January 31, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Crap, that’ll make for some good reading… :-)

lol, yes, they had her swingin in all directions overs there.

Ozprey on January 31, 2011 at 5:53 PM

All that info, etc., just a click away, yet so many seem to be getting dumber and less informed. Breaking: Info-tainment overload doesn’t automatically bolster critical thinking skills.

Christien on January 31, 2011 at 5:54 PM

anybody seen crr6 lately?

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Thought she was over in the 0bamacare thread.

OmahaConservative on January 31, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Is this much different than Charlie Gibson who, when asked about ACORN and its shenanigans when those two folks walked in to ask how to get illegal alien 13 year-olds from Guatemala to get federal money to establish a brothel, laughed nervously and admitted he never heard of the story or seen the videos?

honsy on January 31, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Couric and Gumbel – Stupid in two centuries.

mikefln on January 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Funny, I thought they were older yet well preserved.

jdkchem on January 31, 2011 at 5:55 PM

“Apparently, you don’t need a phone”.

mikefln on January 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

The first days of the internet were dial up. So I can see why he assumed you needed a phone line.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

What blogs does Couric read?

right2bright on January 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Her show is called @katiecouric, which is also a Twitter handle.

That’s how much she “gets” the interwebs. Don’t even try to compete.

mudskipper on January 31, 2011 at 5:57 PM

What blogs does Couric read?

right2bright

Like her hero O’Bambi, she ONLY reads teleprompters!

honsy on January 31, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Wow, did you ever play Doom? Did you not know there were Forums even then?

And God Almighty, why do you have to subject us to the katie couric longer 80-ish hairstyle! Oh, MY EYES!

Heh. There was nothing sweeter back in the early days of PC gaming than sneaking up on an office mate during a “DOOMlunch” and revving the chainsaw right before you sank it into his character’s back…And hearing his scream from across the office.

Also, agree about the Couric-do…Horrible. But who’s the chick on the right? Nice getaway sticks…

Battlecruiser-operational on January 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I thought the internet was a series of tubes…..

portlandon on January 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

NBC…a news agency?
Al Gore released his invention a decade prior. It took this long for the Yesterday cast to find out?

Electrongod on January 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Next time Perky Katie’s brilliant takedown of Sarah Palin is brought up for consumption, we now have this to put right next to her Emmy-worthy interview of Joe Biden.

And I am full in the knowledge that what I’m suggesting is out of context – so what.

turfmann on January 31, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Meh. In 1994 I was already eight years into being an Internet annoyance. Buncha noobs.

The Lone Platypus on January 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Is that Bryant Gumbel or Charlie Crist?

JetBoy on January 31, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I was working in a university research library so I was using the Internet from almost the beginning. It was exciting seeing it come to life and the advent of the World Wide Web.

Common Sense on January 31, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Battlecruiser-operational on January 31, 2011 at 5:59 PM

LOL my Dad was one of the guys working on WANG computers in the late 80′s early 90′s and I would occationally have to go into work on a weekend with him so he could do whatever to those huge monsterous thing. I would play doom on his PC and he would get ticked when I beat him and always managed to get to a level he hadn’t been too.

Those were the days.

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Me too, Platypus. I got online somewhere around 1987.

Discovered the internet quite by accident, looking for cheaper places to go than Compu$erve. Paddled around on it for a couple of years before I worked out how huge and important it was going to be…

S. Weasel on January 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Is that Bryant Gumbel or Charlie Crist?

JetBoy on January 31, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Snorts

LOL!

portlandon on January 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Meh. In 1994 I was already eight years into being an Internet annoyance. Buncha noobs.

The Lone Platypus on January 31, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Man. I guess my family was late to the whole internet thing. I don’t think we got dial up until ’97 or something.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Bryant seemed very… unlikable.

Of course, it’s understandable that he didn’t know much about the internet in those days, it was just emerging, and I shared some of his confusion (I thought @ meant something different than “at”).

Being confused at a brand new thing is ok. Being Gumbally is not.

Johnny 100 Pesos on January 31, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Funny thing is the the Internet changed the world

but they remain morons.

wildweasel on January 31, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Is that Bryant Gumbel or Charlie Crist?

JetBoy on January 31, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Snorts

LOL!

portlandon on January 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM

YAY JET! Making a funny on your departed man, I am so proud of you! LMFAO!

upinak on January 31, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Of course, it’s understandable that he didn’t know much about the internet in those days, it was just emerging

94′s pretty early in the Billy Jeff era. Did Gorebot have it invented yet?

swede7 on January 31, 2011 at 6:16 PM

katie couric is ugly as phuck.

moonbatkiller on January 31, 2011 at 6:16 PM

That screen cap, looks as if they`re saying: “Huh…… I sense something threatening our dominance of informing the public, coming this way!”

ThePrez on January 31, 2011 at 6:17 PM

katie couric is ugly as phuck.

moonbatkiller on January 31, 2011 at 6:16 PM

She was road hard for sure…

Keemo on January 31, 2011 at 6:20 PM

Where’s 1994 Gore college flunk-out to claim he invented the internet?

maverick muse on January 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Ah I remember the days…

My brother showed me how to do internet searches using + signs between the words.

My first ever search was for roses+zone+4. Can you believe there were 103, count ‘em 103 returns for it?…How would I ever read that much information?

Sigh.

Lily on January 31, 2011 at 6:22 PM

Back in the early 80s I worked for Chevron’s research division in their technical library where I routinely accessed online databases like GeoRef via the screeching acoustic coupler. I remember the happy day when we finally got a Smartmodem. When my son complained about slow connections during the early years of our home internet access, I said, “Kid, you have no idea what a slow connection is.” May we all live long enough to snort at today’s Smartphones the same way.

Terrie on January 31, 2011 at 6:28 PM

Just think how stupid “ecomagination” will seem in a scant few years.

hillbillyjim on January 31, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Typical MSM they have no independent knowledge-everything is fed to them from handlers off stage.

“The more things change the more they stay the same”

P.S. Katie Couric is (and was) not very attractive

vilebody on January 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM

At one time I had a map. A friggin map of the internet in poster form.

Old-days. Sing it Chicago.

WitchDoctor on January 31, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Katie Couric can see the internet from her house.

William Amos on January 31, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Love it! Do NOT love her do! Eeeww!

and Bryant Gumble = jacka@@

Minorcan Maven on January 31, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Next time Perky Katie’s brilliant takedown of Sarah Palin is brought up for consumption, we now have this to put right next to her Emmy-worthy interview of Joe Biden.

I’m pretty sure the internet was less well known in 1994 than newspapers were in 2008. Though perhaps only marginally so.

YYZ on January 31, 2011 at 6:41 PM

That was Katie before she poisoned her husband? Cool.

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:44 PM

That was Katie before she poisoned her husband? Cool.

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Wow. That’s pretty petty of you. Stay classy.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Today I can use the internet to take a virtual tour of Katie’s colon.

Cicero43 on January 31, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Just think of the different outcome for people like Joy Behar if the internet was around in the day. Imagine if we had today’s internet back when young Behar was involved in participating in human-equine lovemaking. She would have never been able to work in this town again. Now, nobody knows.

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:47 PM

When I was in grad school in the 80s, there were these computer terminals in certain offices that allowed us to send typed messages to other terminals in other schools. Berkeley called theirs “Violet”, and I believe that was early form of email.

About 1986, the National Science Foundation gave my group a grant to buy a PC to run linguistics software.

The only reason I got a PC was because I had that software from grad school that I could use at home to write linguistics articles for journals. Otherwise I never would have bothered.

And look where it all has led.

sdillard on January 31, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Katie Couric’s obnoxious quotient is greatly reduced by the presence of Bryant Gumbel.

wraithby on January 31, 2011 at 6:50 PM

That was Katie before she poisoned her husband? Cool.

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Wow. That’s pretty petty of you. Stay classy.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Sorry, the left has just eviscerated the class right out of me. Would discuss further but off to see the critically acclaimed film hit starring Sir Hopkins. It’s called The RI+e. How did they come up with that title. That’s a twofer there, slam conservatives and Christians. Dang, that’s a goodun. Highly efficient state agitprop.

We are being undermined for our values and beliefs relentlessly. We are gaslighted and driven to distraction by the bold faced liars on the left. Please allow me to wield a pen mightier than a sword.

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:50 PM

That was Katie before she poisoned her husband? Cool.

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Wow. That’s pretty petty of you. Stay classy.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 6:45 PM

And it was also a play on the left popular attack against Glenn Beck (when he was still relevant). I’m sure you saw the groundless rape and murder claims. The left doesn’t play nice. Why do we have to?

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:52 PM

If someone could have interviewed three dumb grazing hadrosaurs trying to figure out what that strange bright glow on the horizon was all about at the end of the Late Cretaceous, this video is what it would have looked like.

Cicero43 on January 31, 2011 at 6:53 PM

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I’m sorry I don’t care how angry you are with the Left you don’t accuse people of killing their husband unless you have evidence.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I’ve seen the intentional assault on the entrepreneur, the middle class, the southern man wanting a high paying job offshore. It’s not an accident the new Banking Law pass by Lawyers and Banking Interests allow banks to essentially graft and skim from fast growing start ups under the guise of retaining reserves for possible chargebacks. The new law allows 9 months were it used to be 3. The net result? If you have a fast growing start up, the bank will shut you down. The bank will throttle you back.

These leftists do want prosperity. They want central command and control of as much of our lives as possible. this is no game. They are enemies of prosperity.

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Gumball is such a tool.

SirGawain on January 31, 2011 at 6:58 PM

This has to be what it sounds like at a retirement village down in Boca. All the 70 somethings sitting around trying to figure out what this internet thing is.

And then again it could just be liberal, elitist jackasses poo-pooing something that they don’t know anything about because they’re supposed to know everything already.

waddie on January 31, 2011 at 6:58 PM

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Her first husband died of colon cancer. No need to be an absolute jerk.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 6:59 PM

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I’m sorry I don’t care how angry you are with the Left you don’t accuse people of killing their husband unless you have evidence.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Yesmaam and I’m sorry. I’ll ne’er do it agin. Now, I’ll just be going ma’am and good day to you.

pc on January 31, 2011 at 7:00 PM

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Her first husband died of colon cancer. No need to be an absolute jerk.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 6:59 PM

And I don’t doubt you were there and saw it first hand. Sorry but you should have stopped a post ago. Now you’re just spoiling for a digital switchin’.

pc on January 31, 2011 at 7:01 PM

pc on January 31, 2011 at 7:01 PM

Ok you’ve apologized for your comment. That ends this conversation. Have a nice day.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 7:04 PM

pc on January 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Your post was no less contemptible than the leftards’ rejoicing over Tony Snow’s cancer.

Cicero43 on January 31, 2011 at 7:04 PM

I had a 1200 baud Apple modem at one point. That damned thing probably still works. Anyone remember the ones with the big acoustic couplers on them for the handset?

Or Osborne-1 suitcase computers?

I pretty clearly remember having a bitnet account on the VAX at school. I would probably not be married to my wife if it weren’t for a grad school e-mail account.

DrSteve on January 31, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Is that Bryant Gumbel or Charlie Crist?

JetBoy on January 31, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Well played, sir.

Mr. D on January 31, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Anybody remember just two years after this clip, during the last Clinton-Dole debate, Dole closed by inviting people to visit his website? Clinton laughed in what was obviously an “I can’t believe I didn’t tell people to visit MY website!” way.

radjah shelduck on January 31, 2011 at 7:25 PM

I remember dialing on and reading forums and bulletin boards. Then I discovered Liesure Suit Larry games. Those were the good old days.

bopbottle on January 31, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Omigod, I actually have an Osborne 1 in the basement. Maybe I should donate it to a museum.

sdillard on January 31, 2011 at 7:31 PM

I remember once upon a time in the ’90s on “Politicaly Correct” Bill Maher expressed the very enlightening and elite opinion that the internet was a kooky fad “like CB radio.”

Kenosha Kid on January 31, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Wow, what mindless drivel…

Big John on January 31, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Got an AOL account in 1994 and still have the email addy. I don’t use it but I just can’t get rid of it after all these years.

Missy on January 31, 2011 at 7:50 PM

I don’t think we got dial up until ’97 or something.

terryannonline on January 31, 2011 at 6:09 PM

In ’97, I was begging for my own T-1 Line!!

TN Mom on January 31, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Then I discovered Liesure Suit Larry games. Those were the good old days.

bopbottle on January 31, 2011 at 7:31 PM

LOL! I played a game (Gold Rush?), my wagon always got stuck in the mud, until some nice persons posted Cheat Codes!

TN Mom on January 31, 2011 at 7:57 PM

This is crazy. I had a brand new Gateway with the dial up and voice chatting in 94, living in the backwood sticks of Alabama. Couric has been listed by many people (even liberals) as the dumbest interviewer they’ve ever had.

di butler on January 31, 2011 at 8:17 PM

If Netscape can show me where the Bradys eat dinner, what else can it show me?

40 minutes of loading later…Allah saw his first naked lady.

Daemonocracy on January 31, 2011 at 8:18 PM

One would think that people in their profession would be up on all the current trends, especially those that enhance their profession!

Got an AOL account in 1994 and still have the email addy. I don’t use it but I just can’t get rid of it after all these years.

Missy on January 31, 2011 at 7:50 PM

LOL…same here!

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 31, 2011 at 8:30 PM

40 minutes of loading later…Allah saw his first naked lady.

Daemonocracy on January 31, 2011 at 8:18 PM

OMG, LMAO!

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 31, 2011 at 8:31 PM

In 1994 you could access the internet via your home via “e world”. It was rather primitive, but still, pretty cool access for the few who had it.

(e world was like AOL).

Gob on January 31, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Ok Katie. Fess up. Someone fed you q’s and a’s during your interview with Palin. Right?

capejasmine on January 31, 2011 at 5:49 PM

As a matter of fact, Couric DID have help. A specific (but quickly-retracted gossip item) surfaced in November 2008 that Katie had sought advice about how to interview Palin, who was not as damaged by her interview with Charles Gibson as the MSM wanted to believe.

From November 13, 2008, as I posted at Patterico.com:

Here’s [how] Couric related the series of events, according to the source (bold mine):

Couric shed some light on her preparation for the interviews: Beforehand, she sought advice from former senator Sam Nunn and Council on Foreign Relations president Richard Haas[s]. They told her to draw Palin out on her geopolitical worldview and urged her to let the governor speak at length without interrupting her…

Think about what you wrote about Palin’s perceived lack of preparedness, P-JACK, and flip it around. Katie Couric is the face of CBS News. She is the franchise player. She’s the superstar. She walks in the footsteps of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, and Dan Rather (for those of you who respect him). She’s supposed to be worthy of the throne that is the CBS Evening News anchor chair above all others, male, female, tenured, neophyte.

In light of those facts, WHY WOULD SHE NEED ADVICE FROM ANYONE in interviewing Palin? Seems that COURIC was the one in need of the “cram-session talking points” just as much as you allege Palin was! And why select among those to seek advice from someone who didn’t want her to be Vice President?

Thank goodness “The Memory Hole” has a permanent clog in it — the Internet in general, and YouTube in particular. The MSM is going to try to pretend they weren’t in the tank for Baracko Marx. I am dedicated to making sure they don’t get away with it.

Comment by L.N. Smithee — 11/13/2008 @ 1:28 pm

L.N. Smithee on January 31, 2011 at 9:17 PM

BTW – who is the hot brunette on the right? Nice legggggs.

L.N. Smithee on January 31, 2011 at 9:18 PM

They sound smarter then, than they do today.

csdeven on January 31, 2011 at 10:52 PM

LOL upthread … The Yesterday Show.

heh; still applies.

wow, Katie looks older in 1994 than she does today.
Better living through chemistry, I guess.

dissent555 on February 1, 2011 at 12:12 AM

I was ALL over the Internet–such as it was–in 94–heck, even my dad was, on the slowest modem you could imagine. I was in grad school at Kent State beginning in ’91, and we had it there. I know that Berkeley at least started issuing e-mail addresses to all undergraduates early mid 90s as well–no email when I graduated in 91, but by the time my daughter graduated in 98 it was ubiquitous.

Bob's Kid on February 1, 2011 at 12:52 AM

Bryant Gumbel – the original Rick Sanchez

JimRich on February 1, 2011 at 2:25 AM