As 2017 allegedly rolls into spring (What is with this weather?), we find ourselves reflecting on 1997. It wasn’t an especially monumental year in the broad scope of things; just a typical year for most. But not for us. It was a big, big year for the BBC. That’s the year a couple of guys named Harry and Gary opened a tiny bar in downtown Plymouth.
But much as we’d like to think that 1997 was all about us, other things did happen in the world. For example:
- January: In a fitting choice for a typically frigid month, “Fargo” won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Film. In other entertainment news that month, Bryant Gumbel signed off from the “Today” show, which proved a questionable move on his part.
- February: It was a big month for movie watching as “The Empire Strikes Back, Special Edition” opened in theaters. Meanwhile, 65 million people tuned into NBC to watch an uncensored “Schindler’s List.”
- March: This month was all about the Brits (Hmmm, maybe that’s where we got the idea) as Paul McCartney was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, Elton John turned 50 and “The English Patient” took home the Oscar for Best Picture.
- April: It was a month of firsts. Ellen DeGeneres was the first person to come out on network TV as 42 million people watched, and a 21-year-old Tiger Woods won his first Masters in a record-shattering performance.
- May: This month marked the beginning of the Austin Powers franchise with the premier of “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.” It also marked the demise of another franchise as “Married with Children” ended a 10-year run.
- June: It was the “bite heard around the world” as Mike Tyson chomped down on Evander Holyfield’s ear. A much more family-friendly event occurred just two days earlier when the first installment in the Harry Potter series was published.
- July: Happenings ranged from stately, as the S.S. Constitution celebrated its 200th anniversary by taking her first sail in 116 years, to snarky as Howard Stern’s show was yanked from a Dallas radio station after he spent weeks on-air mocking the station.
- August: “South Park” debuted. You’d think we could come up with something more regal for a month that actually means “dignified.”
- September: Dr. Frasier Crane’s leap from “Cheers” to his own show proved successful as “Frasier” won the Emmy for Best Comedy. Steve Jobs made a leap of his own when he retook the helm at Apple.
- October: This was a techie type of month as the Dow Jones average plunged 554 points, a record at the time, Intel bought Digital, and Microsoft argued in court that it should be “free of government interference.”
- November: “Beavis & Butt-Head” ended its run and we began ours! It was in November that Harry and Gary opened the doors of the first British Beer Company on Middle Street in downtown Plymouth. The pub that we now refer to as “Little Plymouth” or “Half-Pint” because of its diminutive size would prove to be “the little pub that could” as its cheeky presence proved to be a big draw and became the beginning of a business that now numbers 14 locations.
- December: Pedro Martinez signed a six-year, $69 million contract with the Red Sox. We were too busy running our new pub to notice if much else happened.