What were you doing in 1998? Some of our readers weren’t even born yet, but for the founders of Sprudge Media Network it was an exciting time. Both just 14 years old, Jordan Michelman and Zachary Carlsen met on the first day of eighth grade at Curtis Junior High School in University Place, Washington. Little did they know they’d go on to create this very website, and they’re looking back at it all in this week’s episode of the Coffee Sprudgecast.

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1998 was a long time ago and we sure appreciate you listening to our lackadaisical ride through the back-in-the-daisical. Simpsons VHS dubs, high school theater, open mic nights, Tacoma cafes in the late 90s (shout out to The Usual), Counter Strike, teriyaki in the North End, Kamel Red Lights and much more—truly it was an idyllic time for our childhood chums. This podcast is part 1 of a two-part series in which we explore the Story of Sprudge, in celebration of our 7th anniversary publishing the site. Next up we’ll run down the scene in 2009, when Sprudge first launched.

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Thanks so much for listening! Thank you to our sponsors! Here’s some of the finest music from the year of our Lord 1998—truly, madly, deeply.

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