The Late Movies: Old Prodigy Ads
It's Wednesday, it's late. Why not watch some fun old TV ads for Prodigy, the online service you haven't thought about in decades? (Personally, ours was a CompuServe home—no fancy graphics for us. But, wow, these bring me back.)
Prodigy: It's all About the Encyclopedia
"Prodigy even has a 21-volume electronic encyclopedia that's updated quarterly." What could possibly surpass that?
Prodigy: Money and Sports
It's got stocks stuff, it's got sports stuff, and did we mention that encyclopedia? We really, really think that's a selling point.
Prodigy: Banking, Shopping, Games, and Dad Stuff
"It can follow just your stocks, huh?" Jeepers. "And here's England!"
Prodigy: Fly Fishing
Finally, an online service for fly fishing. (No, really.)
Prodigy: Beating Up On Your Banjo
Whoa. There's a lot going on on that bus.
Prodigy: Your Local Diner
Apparently this one came from a Prodigy CD-ROM circa 1996. Note the 1996-era frame rate and crappy audio. The list of features at the end (including "downloadable files") is riding the sad-or-funny line.
Prodigy: Now for Parents
Having a baby? Apparently you need to do more shopping online.
Live on Prodigy
Gary Brown is live on chat. "If you're not a member, you should be." Keep an eye on the color scheme when they show the screen -- purple was very hip in those days.