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Twenty-five years ago: a new journal is born in a changing world
  1. Aurelie M Alger1,
  2. Richard McCallum2
  1. 1 Supervising Director AFMR, President PRRI – An Association Management Company, Beverly, Massachusetts, USA
  2. 2 Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, El Paso, Texas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard McCallum, Internal Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, El Paso, TX 79905, USA; richard.mccallum{at}

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The year 1995 was witness to events which shaped the culture and attitudes of people around the world for decades to follow. From politics to acts of terror, to cultural breakthroughs, there were multiple occurrences which not only impacted those times, but also remained to be a part of the psyche of who we are today. The year 1995 saw the development and unveiling of a new peer-reviewed scientific journal, The Journal of Investigative Medicine, known to many simply as JIM. A look at world events in 1995 will help us understand the world into which JIM was born.

Our president was William Jefferson Clinton from Hope, Arkansas. Americans’ confidence in the safety of our country was badly shaken when a former US Army member named Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck filled with explosives in a drop-off zone of the day-care center of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The homemade bomb created by McVeigh and Terry Nichols, exploded at 9:02, killing 168 and wounding close to 700. Halfway around the world, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a strong proponent of the Mideast peace process, was assassinated, the second Middle East leader to lose his life after committing to bringing peace to the region. One of Quebec’s many referendums on independence from Canada was narrowly defeated by barely one per cent of the votes, while the Bosnian Civil War ended, seemingly, bringing peace to Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia.

In the realm of entertainment, America was obsessed with the television show ‘Seinfeld’, and expressions like ‘close talker’, ‘re-gifter’, ‘no soup for you’ and ‘yada, yada, yada’ became part of popular culture. The singer Seal topped the charts and the Grammy Awards, and Mel Gibson’s epic movie ‘Braveheart’ won Best Picture and earned him Best Director honors at …

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  • Contributors Editorial written by Aurelie Alger, Supervising Director for AFMR and Dr. Richard W. McCallum, Editor-in-Chief.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.