I was the host of the 2000 Webby Awards, the oscars of the internet. And boy, what a swanky affair it was. This was at the height of the internet bubble and there was a feeling of great and lavish confidence. Then of course, the bubble burst.
I hosted the awards the following year too, but they were not so lavish, and there was a feeling of contriteness and lots of jokes about former internet entrpeneurs becoming yoga teachers. Also, to illustrate the lack of lavishness, the guy who booked me for the 2001 awards ran off with my cash and still owes me a sizeable sum.