Heading toward a new millennium, Americans are still riding the wave of irrational exuberance, surfing on the success of the dot-com bubble. The world falls in love with a heartbroken Princess Diana, is mesmerized by the 90s most tragic fairytale and grieves at her passing. Americans are shocked by the senseless killings at Columbine and surprised by the 1998 midterm elections. “The West Wing” reaches TV screens, while the Lewinsky affair lingers on. The realization that a computer bug could spell disaster for the world stokes pre-millennium tension, fueling fears of the end times.