Where Does The Time Go?

What do the West Michigan Whitecaps, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Northern Physical Therapy all have in common? They’re all celebrating their 20th anniversaries this year! Do you remember what you were doing in 1993? Maybe these tidbits will spark your memory.

West Michigan History

  • The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital first opened on September 1, 1993. At the time of its opening, it was the only children’s hospital in West Michigan. The Helen DeVos Women and Children’s Center was also opened the same year.
  • The West Michigan Whitecaps were originated in February of 1993. The initial team was the Midwest League’s Madison Muskies franchise and the intention was to move the team the following year to Comstock Park.
  • Established in 1993, the Grand Rapids Eastern Railroad runs east-west through Grand Rapids to Lowell. Its 47 miles of trackage ends at the Saint Mary’s Siding, where it meets the Coopersville and Marne Railway. It interchanges with CSX Transportation and the Grand Elk Railroad in Grand Rapids.
  • The large-scale condominium and office project, Bridgewater Place, was complete.

Pop Culture

  • The University of Michigan advanced to the final four in 1993. We wouldn’t see this happen again until 2013. (*Gina would be happy to share that even though UM dominated basketball in 1993, the Spartans still beat them in football that year…go Green!)
  • The first Got Milk? commercial was broadcast on TV.
  • Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera join the cast of the series The New Mickey Mouse Club.
  • Television shows that debuted in 1993 include X-Files (starring Grand Rapids native Gillian Anderson), Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Beavis and Butthead, Bill Nye The Science Guy, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, NYPD Blue, Boy Meets World, and The Jon Stewart Show.
  • Television shows that ended in 1993 include Santa Barbara, Doogie Howser, M.D., The Wonder Years, Knots Landing, Cheers, Saved By The Bell, Life Goes On, Designing Women, Perfect Strangers, and Hee Haw.
  • We said goodbye to some notable names including Audrey Hepburn, Andre The Giant, Vincent Price, Frank Zappa, Arthur Ashe, and River Phoenix.

Politics & Geography

  • Bill Clinton succeeds George Bush as the 42nd President of the United States.
  • Janet Reno is confirmed by the United States Senate and sworn in the next day, becoming the first female Attorney General of the United States.
  • An executive order requires the United States Air Force to allow women to fly war planes.
  • The dissolution of Czechoslovakia took place.
Its been a fun trip down memory lane and it’s hard to believe that two decades have gone by since we first opened our doors. Imagine where we’ll be in 2033…here’s to the next 20 years!

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