So… a couple weeks ago, Google released a News Archive Search:
News archive search provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. In addition to helping you search, News archive search can automatically create timelines which show selected results from relevant time periods.
So, I did a search for my name and came across a few articles from my high school soccer days. I clicked on the headlines, but they just took me to newspaper sites that featured a short excerpt from the article and then you had to pay to view the full article.
Feeling nostalgic, I searched around for news archive sites and found one that I liked – NewsLibrary.com. I signed up to view up to 100 articles per month for $19.95. I thought it was a pretty good deal since other sites were charging up to $3 to view single articles.
I found a bunch of articles back from 1997, which was my senior year at Plainfield High School when I received a ton of press for soccer. I could’ve gotten a lot more coverage, but parents of other members on my team complained to my coach because the reporters always wrote about me and their own kids’ names never made it into circulation.
Granted, I’m the one that scored the goals and got all the glory, but being a humble kid back then, I was all about sharing the limelight…
Looking back on it now, it was all bullshit because the limited exposure I received probably limited my scholarship offers, as well.
The best articles that were written about my performances were in my town’s paper – The Enterprise – and my school paper – The Fielder. Unfortunately, neither of them have an online news archive.
Anyway, I took some clippings and added a News Archive button in my top navigation bar for them if you want to check them out…
Since I have like 50 more articles I can pull before I cancel the membership, If you find an excerpt from NewsLibrary and you would like to see the full article, email me or drop a comment below and I’ll be happy to send it to you. Include what you searched for and the headline, so I can find it… first come first serve!