- January 1, 1998 - This site appears on AOL, after I download "Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo" and begin transcribing. It joins my personal site, which already has a section for camp songs I learned as a kid.
- January 8, 1998 - Taison Tan posts a letter from Trey Parker (people have their doubts about this.) praising the site, but critical of the guy posting "What Kenny Says," Mike Kalec, for getting wrong Kenny's line in "'Magic: The Gathering."
- January 20, 1998 - The Journal Sentinel reports that the second season will begin in May.
- January 23, 1998 - A South Park video game is to arrive, with Acclaim as its distributor.
- January 26, 1998 - Orgazmo is rated NC-17 by the Sundance Institute. Trey protests. Orgazmo is set to open in May, but opens on October 23. In Yahoo! Internet Life, Trey says he's gone into Palace chat rooms as "treyparker" and tried to start conversations, but people brushed him off, thinking him a jerk. Jay Leno was going to voice a bird, but ended up as Kitty, Cartman's cat. BASEketball begins filming. Jenny McCarthy joins the film's cast.
- January 30, 1998 - Beef-Cake.com appears. Thus are the three sites gathered under one umbrella site.
- January 31, 1998 - First reports of South Park articles being banned at schools across the nation.
- February 1998 - Mr. Hat's Hell Hole's message board at aphrodisiac.net, using WWWBoard 2.0, is the biggest SP board around, which arguably makes the Hellhole. on Simplenet at the time, the #1 fan site. Taison's site is still at www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~ttant/SouthPark, but he eventualy creates www.BEEF-CAKE.com, an umbrella site for the three indivudial sites already in existence. Elsewhere, Spin and Rolling Stone both come out with articles about South Park. Rolling Stone got the bigger article and the front cover, Spin got one article and no front cover from Trey and Matt, so they make their own - Chef fondling Cartman's breasts from behind. Spin also creates a timeline for the future of the show. One of the items is that South Park would move to ABC in the fall. Needless to say, Trey and Matt sent emails to several sites to debunk the timeline and to urge their readers to boycott Spin.
- February 23, 1998 - Comedy Central considers going after fan sites that sell ads on their pages. Mr. Hat's Hell Hole and You Killed Kenny are featured in a TIME magazine article, on the issue of distributing RV files of whole episodes.
- March 7, 1998 - It is at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival where Parker discussed the South Park series soundtrack in which Chef is to sing with people like Fiona Apple, Beck, and Ozzy Osbourne. Of these three, only Ozzy showed up on the soundtrack when it was released in November. Parker and Stone also discuss visiting Web sites. They visit Beef-Cake once a week to see what's going on in the world of SP outside the studio. Matt marvels at the network Taison seems to have, as Taison gets news from everywhere.
- March 28, 1988 - In TV Guide, Trey and Matt say that if the boys grew up, Stan might have a TV show. Kyle might be a scientist, a banker, or a slumlord. Cartman would sell insurance. Kenny? Well, it's obvious, isn't it?
- April 1, 1998 - Trey and Matt begin the second season with "Not Without My Anus" as a practical joke. The joke backfies, since the fans were genuinely interested in who Cartman's father is. Comedy Central is flooded with angry letters. Trey and Matt appease the fans by presenting the answer three weeks later. I decide to concentrate on South Park, so I shelve my personal site and make this site the main site.
- April 27, 1998 - Mr. Showbiz reports that Trey and Matt get two more season - 40 episodes - and at least $15 million for writing, producing, and voicing the characters. They also, finally, get a piece from the merchandising. The second season was to begin May 20, which means that "Cartman's Mom Is Still A Dirty Slut" would have been Episode 115.
- May 2, 1998 - MAD TV airs a South Park/Peanuts parody called "South Parknuts."
- May 14, 1998 - A 12-year-old boy commits suicide and leaves a note telling his parents to study South Park's Kenny to know why he did it. As Kenny is stifled so you can't understand what he's saying, the boy must have felt that no one understood what he was going through, and he couldn't find a way to make them understand. His last effort was to have his parents see South Park's Kenny so that they could understand their son's anguish.
- May 15, 1998 - Comedy airs a ten-episode marathon from 11 p.m. till 4 a.m., not knowing about this suicide until later.
- May 22, 1998 - Comedy Central releases this statement concerning the suicide: "Anyone who has ever lost a family member to suicide, or knows someone who has taken his own life, knows what a horrible tragedy this is. And our hearts go out to this boy's family."
- May 27, 1998 - "Chickenlover" airs. Originally, Cartman was to appear using a gun, but Comedy Central had problems with Cartman handling one. They didn't seem to have that problem with "Volcano," in which all four boys carried rifles, but a flurry of school shootings was in the news at the time. The latest one, in Springfield, Oregon, may have changed Comedy Central's position on Deputy Cartman using a gun.
- May 28, 1998 - Sweeet, manned by Justin Trevena, opens. His specialty is computer-generated SP images in 2D and 3D. Beef-Cake and The Hellhole make use of his graphics, and Juz designs logos for The Hellhole.
- June 11, 1998 - Comedy Central decides to not release any South Park plushes this fall, in an effort to keep children from watching the show, which abounds with curses and bathroom jokes. A South Park CD will come out in the fall ("Chef Aid," as it turns out) and a book (Sticky forms). The current crop of plushes will not be recalled, though.
- July, 1998 - South Park gets an Emmy nomination in OUTSTANDING ANIMATED PROGRAM (FOR PROGRAMMING ONE HOUR OR LESS)
South Park • Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride • COM
Anne Garefino, Deborah Liebling, Executive Producers
Trey Parker, Executive Producer/Writer/Director
Matt Stone, Executive Producer/Writer
Pam Brady, Creative Producer
Frank Agnone II, Supervising Producer
- July 27, 1998 - From USA Today:
Big-screen script of 'South Park' pulls no punches
by Elizabeth Snead
- Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of Comedy Central's South Park, have delivered their script for the movie version of the TV series to Paramount Studios. And It's definetly R-rated material, the two say. "(Studio executive) Sherry Lansing is reading it right now and probably bleeding her eyeballs," Stone says an ominous chuckle. "I would love, love, love to see her face. I think they thought we'd put in a few naughty words. But its like downright R-rated;it's pretty bad.
- Parker gleefully describes the opening scene: "Saddam Hussein is in the electric chair, and they say, 'For crimes against mankind, you will be put to death. Do you have any last words?' And he goes, 'Last words? How about get me the (expletive) out of this chair!' They throw the switch, his eyes...come out, blood just goes everywhere!" Stone and Parker had zero desire to do a tamer big-screen version of their outrageous animated show about potty-mouthed prepubescents Stan, Kyle, Cartman and the repeatedly ill-fated Kenny. "We would really rather not do the movie than have it kind of suck and be normal," Stone says.
- July 30, 1998 - On E! Online, Trey reveals that they owe 52 episodes. This added to 13 episodes for Season 1 and 8 aired by this date for Season 2 gives 73 total for the series' run. The contract for this number of episodes was signed in April.
- July 31, 1998 - BASEketball opens. Hardly anyone sees it. Six months from the start of filming to theatrical debut.
- September 2, 1998 - Taison hangs out at #mrhat (run by Mr. Hat's Hellhole) on DALnet and registers TaisonBeefcake there. Snowcalico and Vinnie are there as well.
- September 3, 1998 - www.BEEF-CAKE.com/spboard opens as a shared message board between Beef-Cake and Mr. Hat's Hellhole. A few weeks after it opens I place my first post there. One of my early posts was an answer to the latin writing present at the planetarium's entrance in "Roger Ebert Should Lay Off The Fatty Foods."
- October 1998 - Trey and Matt plan to shave their heads after interviews with Juice Magazine and TV shows.
- October 16, 1998 - On an AOL chat, Trey clears up what Cartman says in the show's theme song: Ample parking day or night, people spouting "Howdy, Neighbor!" That's it. Oh, and Kenny's actually a supernatural demigod (hee hee).
- October 18, 1998 - October Films launches the Trey Parker-directed porn spoof Orgazmo with a private poolside bash at the Playboy mansion in Los Angeles. Trey and Matt throw the bash. Metallica shows up and plays a 45-minute set for them in a tent set up on the grounds.
- October 19, 1998 - Trey's opinions: Stan will grow up to be gay, and Kenny will be a serial killer. That makes Stan the male version of Ellen DeGeneres. Kenny will be a serial killer who is serially killed.
- October 23, 1998 - Orgazmo opens. A few more people see it.
- October 28, 1998 - Mr. Hat's Hellhole affiliates with Best Internet Communications. This gives them a faster server, greater bandwidth, and a definite advantage over other SP sites. With the new server they get CGI capability, and so Vin Casale sets up a new board for The Hellhole, thus breaking the agreement to have one board for the two sites, the first step in dissolving the partnership between the two sites. Still, at the end of the year they thank Vinnie for being the Admin of its message board (before the one at Beef-Cake opened) and Southparkworld's Schmid for designing it. Seven message boards in nine months. Wow. Well, eight for Mr. Hat's Hellhole. Many members of the shared board, if not most of them, remain at what is now Beef-Cake's board. SouthParkWorld soon disappears. In 2000 it promises to return, but nothing new since...
- November 11, 1998 - #beefcake is created on DALnet.
- November 27, 1998 - DTISFU joins the canniballovers.com family after four slow months at Geocities.