The 1990s were, on the whole, a prosperous decade. As personal incomes doubled from the recession in 1990, it brought a more cultured level of refined excess than the late 80s as people flaunted their improved lifestyles and the world demanded the future to start arriving now. The start of the tech boom came early in the decade and entrepreneurs were making millions out of their garages and basements. The 90s taught us that you didn’t have to be college educated to make your fortune. The car industry was happy to serve the new money, and the technology developed to stay within the emissions regulations that killed the muscle car and make real power in cars again. The fact that fuel was cheap didn’t hurt either.