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Dole-Kemp 1996 Website Is Still Live

2:26 pm - 11/14/2012
DoleKemp96
Sure, the 2012 presidential election is now over, and Americans are either feeling relief or terror at the prospect of another four years of Barack Obama as our president/emperor. But can we suggest something that will bring us all—Democrat and Republican, left and right, red and blue—together in solidarity? That something is the Bob Dole/Jack Kemp presidential website, still in operation from 1996, back when the Internet was new enough that serious presidential candidates apparently thought they needed crossword puzzles on their sites. (Alas, the puzzle no longer survives.) You can read all about Dole’s latest exploits in the “In Box,” then go and grab the latest Bob Dole wallpaper for your desktop, because nothing says you’re “with it” like having an endless tile of Bob Dole’s dog, “Leader” Dole, for your background. The kids will think you’re the coolest! Give the site a little while to load, then go back to surfing like you still use Netscape.

Direct Link: http://www.dolekemp96.org/main.htm

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As a teen in the 1990s this website is killing me. Sadly not all the links work, but I'm cracking forever at Real Audio multimedia.
mollywobbles867 15th-Nov-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
looooooooooooooooool
schexyschteve 15th-Nov-2012 03:58 am (UTC)
I love stumbling on old websites from the 90s. Like the Space Jam one.
wrestlingdog 15th-Nov-2012 12:47 pm (UTC)
LOVE IT.
lil_insanity 15th-Nov-2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD
castalianspring 15th-Nov-2012 03:59 am (UTC)
Real Audio multimedia

Ah, memories. :D
fenris_lorsrai 15th-Nov-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
As loltastic as this is, the reason it still exists is 4president.org is keeping it live as a piece of modern history.

The rage inducing article from the other day about how many modern war records were lost due to the change in technology does point out that we may lose a lot of historical details because they exist only in digital form. It's not that long ago, but man, how many of the internal campaign documents were saved on media that you need to find a vintage computer with equally vintage software on it to even read it?
wordnerd98 15th-Nov-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
You make a good point about storing data on formats that will go obsolete.

I know 4president has screencaps from the various campaign websites, but Dole-Kemp is an actual website as well, which I find amusing.

Although if you go and read some of the stuff under "The Dole Agenda" oy...
effervescent 15th-Nov-2012 06:32 am (UTC)
Oooooh. That's really quite awesome, along the lines of the Wayback Machine is doing. It makes my inner librarian happy :D
amethystcitrine 15th-Nov-2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
This is SO cool! Thanks for the link.
tabaqui 15th-Nov-2012 04:35 am (UTC)
Who in the world has been paying to keep that up?
effervescent 15th-Nov-2012 06:33 am (UTC)
Looks like the website that was linked up above is hosting it, to preserve web history. :D Kind of awesome.
tabaqui 15th-Nov-2012 11:26 am (UTC)
Yeah. The *tiled wallpapers*. Oh, man. :)
ohloverx 15th-Nov-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
I LOVE finding old websites that are still up and running from the 90s. And, I'll be honest, I will spend hours Googling screenshots and graphics from 90s websites. I am a horrible sucker for 90s nostalgia. I lost a lot of my childhood belongings and keepsakes which is what I think fuels it. It's like I'm reclaiming my past. IDK.
beemo 15th-Nov-2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
they actually added modern HTML to preserve the 1996 aesthetic.

i'm looking at the source code - there's cascading styles but that wasn't even finalized and released until after this campaign ended.
uluviel 15th-Nov-2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Well...

<meta name="GENERATOR" content="Microsoft FrontPage 6.0">

The latest FrontPage that was available in 1996 was 3.0.
elobelia 16th-Nov-2012 12:24 am (UTC)
I remember that election, when I was 8 years old and REALLY wanted Bob Dole to win, because my parents wanted him to win and his name reminded me of bananas because of the "D-O-L-E DOLE" commercial and he had a cool hand that had exploded or something. Why don't they let 8 year olds vote?

Edited at 2012-11-16 12:26 am (UTC)
bowling_otaku 16th-Nov-2012 02:04 am (UTC)
LOL We had a bumper sticker that said "Dole is my favorite pineapple; Clinton is my favorite president"
harumi 16th-Nov-2012 01:21 am (UTC)
I stumbled across a real life Angelfire site two days ago. It was like a blast from the past, lol.
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