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The email edition of TBTF underwent a redesign beginning with the 1997-02-11 issue, and the old-fashioned, tacky, Ascii-art Lips that had been a masthead feature for two years were retired. Due to (a small amount of) popular demand, The Lips will live on, enshrined here, in perpetuity.

They won't return to the email masthead, however.

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In June of 1995 I went lips-shopping on the Web. There were only a few sources of clip art I could locate, most at universities. Yahoo was just about the only usable Web resource for finding such stuff. It may still have been run off of Jerry Yang's server in his dorm room at Stanford, URL http://akibono.stanford.edu/~yahoo; surely yahoo.com had not yet gone live in the spring of that year. Lycos was in operation at CMU, managed apparently single-handedly by its inventor "Fuzzy" Mauldin. The first commercial search service, Infoseek, had opened its doors. Alta Vista would not burst onto the scene until December of that year.

Here is the rendering of a pair of lips I found deep in a non-commercial clip-art repository at CMU.

Original Lips

This artwork was replaced by The Current Lips across the TBTF site in August of 1996.

Most recently updated 2000-10-21