My Grandfather actually told me about google that time. I looked at it's name and though... pfff, right.... I'll just stick to yahoo search... Thankfully, I gave it another chance and I'v enever stopped using it since. It was early 1999 though.
That's courtesy of Brewster Kahle. Based out of the Presidio area of San Francisco, he started the Internet Archive project a number of years ago. Lots and lots and lots of disk.
Brewster's a pretty cool guy too -- he was among the first I knew in San Francisco who opened up a wireless connection for anyone in the Presidio to use. Nowdays that's no big deal. But back in 2000 or so, that was unheard of.
These were the first Web pages hosted in the U.S. -- back in May 1991, around when I first came to work there. Everything on the Web was like "gopher" back then (a protocol from the U of Minnesota that most of you probably never heard of). It cracks me up to think back at that time back at SLAC ... or even just back to when grown men and women on TV started saying crazy &#%^ like "http://www.blahblahblah.com". I pissed in my pants laughing so hard in disbelief when I first heard a non-high-energy-physics geek even mention characters in order like that.
I'm going to go now and put my teeth in a glass...