A defunct pop culture site, which featured editorial content based on a different theme each month
Homepage for the Hotel/Motel Issue, circa July 1998 · Requestline’s homepage would change every month, so doing the math here, that means Mr. Bessler kicked-out almost 50 different, custom-themed homepage designs. Even for the whack-job dot-com era, that seems kind of excessive.
Excite-powered search page, April 15, 1998 · Google was just a toddler back then. The Number one song was All My Life, by K-Ci & JoJo, but Mr. Bessler was too busy obsessing-over Belle & Sebastian and old Saint Etienne records to notice. What a dandy.
Pavement feature story, circa March 1997 · Seven years later, the author of this story became founding editor of Wonkette. And seven years later, Mr. Bessler still hadn’t figured-out how to use Cascading Style Sheets.
Editorial Consumerism story, circa December 1999 · Mr. Bessler owned both the Electric Football game and the Jumbo AM/FM Radio.
Media Criticism story, circa December 1998 · Ahhh, 1998. McGwire. Sosa. PEDs.
Branding story, circa June 1998 · Logos crafted from ground beef were big in 1998. Also big in 1998—the Minnesota Vikings win total. Wow, 15 wins and only one loss. Surely it led to a Super Bowl trip, right? Right?
Roger Ebert story, circa August 1998 · Featuring cutting-edge RealVideo clips! Gotta choose your dial-up modem speed first, though.
Cred story, circa December 1997 · You want some horizontal scrolling? Well, it’s your lucky day.
Homepage for the Three’s Company Issue, circa November 1998 ·Regal Beagle. Also, yikes Coolio.
Punxploitation story, circa September 1997 · The author of this feature story went on to write for The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and Rolling Stone. Mr. Bessler won a food prize in the 2004 McDonalds Monopoly game, so he’s doing just fine, too.
Branding story, circa June 1998 · This one featured possibly the longest (in running-time) animated GIF in history. Ask Jeeves didn’t give awards for that back then, so we’ll never know for sure.
Homepage, circa April 1999 · Illustration by Daniel Anderson. 3D-type by Adobe Dimensions.
Negativland story, circa October 1997 · Some Shasta sounds damn good right now.
Laser Floyd story, circa February 1999 · Geez, someone broke-out the Spirograph.
Splash page for Hotel/Motel Issue, circa July 1998 · Two things Mr. Bessler couldn’t get enough of in the 90s: Morrissey fanzines and splash pages.
World Musicians story, circa April 1999 · You’re correct. This one does use Frames. Come on down and collect your prize—a tiny, tiny scroll bar.
Contributors Page story, circa December 1999 · That’s a lot of pink.
Morbid music story, circa May 1997 · Not Instagram or Teddy Grahams or whatever the hell that thing is. This was real, actual film.
Mass Transit story, circa February 1997 · There were a ton of animated GIFs on this one. Use your imagination or just blink a lot.
Bootlegs story, circa February 1998 · Mr. Bessler tried to donate all his Happy Mondays bootlegs to the Goodwill, but they wouldn't take them.
Breck Girl story, circa September 1996 · Lookin’ good, Internet Explorer 2.