The world in 1993, Blue Jays last playoff appearance

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May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors fans in Jurassic Park outside of the Air Canada Centre before game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Movies, Television & Literature

Theatres in 1993 were dominated by the dinosaurs with Jurrasic Park topping the box offices. With the Jays roaring through the World Series, the popularity of that film would be heavy in the minds of voters when the Toronto Raptors chose their team name as they joined the NBA in 1995. Taking a look at the 2015 box office, I notice that the top grossing film could have a good omen for the current Jays. It’s Jurrasic World. Some things are too perfect to be coincidental. 

1. Jurassic Park
2. Mrs. Doubtfire
3. The Fugitive
4. The Firm
5. Sleepless in Seattle

Though we can all agree that the Robin Williams classic Mrs. Doubtfire was 1993’s film of the highest order (can’t we?), it didn’t take home any of the top honors at the Academy Awards the following year. Schindler’s List took home the Oscar for Best Picture while Tom Hanks was awarded Best Actor for his work in Philadelphia and Holly Hunter won Best Actress for her performance in The Piano.

Some other movies released that year that you may still be enjoying are Free Willy, Wayne’s World 2, Sister Act 2 and John Candy’s classic Cool Runnings.

Sanka mon, whatcha smoking?
I’m not smoking, I’m breathing!

On the small screen, Seinfeld took home Best Comedy at the Emmys, finishing its fifth season as the Blue Jays marched towards October. Best Drama went to Picket Fences while the cult classic X-Files made it’s television debut.

The New York Times bestseller list was dominated by Robert James Waller in 1993, with his novel The Bridges of Madison County enjoying two lengthy stints at number one. The Nobel Prize in literature was awarded to the great American novelist Toni Morrison.

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