5 Fresh Facts for Fab 5 Freshmen

It’s been 25 years since the Fab 5 arrived on our Ann Arbor campus. The year was 1991 and it was “da bomb.”

With the Fab 5 returning to campus this Saturday, we at LSA started to get a little nostalgic and put together this list of biggest things from the 1991, just to prove that this year was all that and a bag of chips.


1. Junior Desmond Howard won the Heisman Trophy as a wide receiver for the Michigan Wolverines football team, under Coach Gary Moeller. Howard was the second Michigan player to ever win this award, the first time since 1940. GO BLUE!



2. Moviegoers were either learning the lesson of inner beauty or getting the creeps- Beauty and the Beast and Silence of the Lambs were the breaking the box office this year (Do NOT confuse the two). And “AS IF” we could forget the cult classic Clueless, even if it didn’t come out until 1995.


3. The average individual income was $29,420*, which was enough to buy around 1,635 Tamagotchis.tamagotchi-e1435771477560


4. The Internet was made available for unrestricted, noncommercial public access. BOOYAH!giphy-50


5. Though slap bracelets, jelly shoes, and crimped hair were common sights to see during 1991, another trend emerged: grunge. Thanks to the band Nirvana, stores couldn’t enough oversized flannels and ripped jeans on the shelves.



The 1990s were a “fly” time, without a doubt. 25 years later after this iconic era, we are excited to invite the Fab 5 to return to campus for a public discussion on their legacy. Don’t miss this thought-provoking event, October 8th at 2:00pm at Hill Auditorium. For more information, click here.

*Data from thepeoplehistory.com