30 Things

A personals inventory

The upcoming holidays are a great time to catch up with the Chronicle's 30th-year antics. We have a whole Web section devoted to the subject (austinchronicle.com/year30), so navigate there and kick back around the Yule log with some of our festive offerings:

• We're republishing the first year's issues online every two weeks – that's how often we published for the first seven years.

• We're running vintage ads from some of our original advertisers in the paper and challenging readers to spot the old ad. Weekly winners are entered in a drawing for a pile of prizes to be awarded at the publishing year's end.

• We're publishing lists of 30 notable (or laughable or lamentable) takes on the Chronicle's coverage, culture, and commentary from the past three decades and publishing them online.

The upcoming "Year 30" page, for instance, highlights a new feature the whole family might enjoy: "30 Personals, Messages, and Shots in the Dark," where you can peruse classics of the genre from the past three decades. Pour some Courvoisier, linger over Favorite Acid Stories, and reminisce about the Republican Cross-Dressers Poker Club as the year flickers to a close.

There's that, and more, on our website: austinchronicle.com/year30.

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