Before “Not The Onion,” before social, there was simply The Onion

You know and love The Onion. The Onion at its best is funny and insightful about our society, and it created a universe of “Area Man” characters, local columnists and a style that many imitated but few could match.

We’re 20 years into this century and 20 years, give or take a few, from The Onion’s cultural peak. So let’s look back at that era.

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