March 07, 1994 12:00 PM

He made it all seem so easy. Not just living a decent, kindly life, but writing a best-seller. Unitarian minister Robert Fulghum’s All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten first saw light as an essay in a church newsletter. The charmingly simple litany of advice (“Share everything. Play fair.”) found its way, crumpled with wear, into the purse of a literary agent, then into the hands of millions of readers in 93 countries. Fulghum, 56, continues to spin out slim volumes of inspiration. “I write about things that people put on their refrigerator doors,” he says, echoing the title of his third book. “I won’t ever win the Pulitzer or the Nobel. But I’ve won the Refrigerator Door Prize.”

1989

…Batman swooped down to keep moviegoers in their seats…

Arsenio Hall bounded into the night…

Deborah Norville bumped Jane Pauley off Today…

Bonnie Raitt struck gold in the Nick of Time…

Spike Lee did the right thing…

Disney’s The Little Mermaid put the splash back in cartoons…

Animated with attitude, Bart Simpson was the first in a line of underachievers—and proud of it

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1990

Julia Roberts became a breakout star in Pretty Woman…

Shannen Doherty began life in Beverly Hills, 90210…

Seinfeld made much ado about nothing… PBS won The Civil War…

With a cup of Joe, a corpse and Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks became a surreal sensation…

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