I’m currently listening to my 80’s music on Pandora. It is so funny how a song can transport one back 25 years in time. Who needs a time machine?
Who remembers skinny ties, stirrup pants, leg warmers, slouch socks, jeans with holes in the knees, Swatch watches, Izod shirts, medical scrubs, Polo shirts, prairie skirts, painters pants, rat tail hair, and shoulder pads? I mean come on….you couldn’t have gone through the 80’s without falling into the fashion blunder of AT LEAST ONE of these things! Don’t be scared to admit it. Hey, if you are really brave you might admit to the “Miami Vice” look. Remember Don Johnson with the blazer and T-shirt and loafers with no socks. Come on.
Let’s continue down memory road…..Banana clips, Valley Girl, Donkey Kong, BIG hair (I admit it!), MTV is new, Punk and Cabbage Patch kids. Remember Brooke Shields and her Calvins? Going to the mall to just hang out, wearing Jellies, and velour—velour everything. For crying out loud.
What about Baby Jessica? Reaganomics? Acid Rain? AIDS? And Hands Across America? The Huxtables? Family Ties? Facts of Life? Miami Vice?
Movies we had to see—E.T. Extra Terrestrial, Dirty Dancing (No one puts Baby in the corner! Sniff. I miss Patrick Swayze) , Back To The Future (Hey McFly!), Risky Business (the living room scene…need I say more?) , Flash Dance (made me want to rip all my sweatshirts), Ghostbusters (Who you gonna call?), Lethal Weapon (Mel pre-the drunk years), Raiders Of The Lost Ark, Die Hard (Yippey Ki Yay!) , Fatal Attraction (Poor bunny in a pot), The Karate Kid (Wax on, Wax off), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (Bueller? Bueller? BUELLER!!!), The Breakfast Club (Molly Ringwald was THE ACTRESS of the 80’s)and A Nightmare On Elm Street. (I can still sing that creepy song…One, Two..Freddy’s Comin’ For You!)
Michael Jackson in his hey day. I wanted to wear a sequined glove and be able to moonwalk. He really was a musical genius, sad that he became so odd at the end of his life.
Do you remember Mt. Helens exploding in 80? Getting up really early to watch Lady Di marry Prince Charles in 1981? Tylenol recalled nationwide because some freak laced capsules with cyanide in ’82? Trivial Pursuit came out in 1983. Apple introduced the first McIntosh in ’84. New Coke was the joke in 1985. Bill Gates took the world by storm in ’86, and the Challenger exploded while we all watched it on TV at school. In ’87 televangelist Jim Bakker goes down. Pan Am flight explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland in ’88. In 1989 a huge earthquake hits the Bay area in CA. The Berlin wall falls, and hurricane Hugo takes out a big chunk of the Carolinas.
Did you know that all these things were created in the 80’s? Post Its, Sony Watchman, Microsoft, Apple Macintosh, disposable contacts, Rogaine, disposable cameras, Nintendo,cordless phones, and cell phone networks. Wow.
This trip in the time machine makes me want to go play Pac-Man, or Rubik’s Cube….or maybe go rollerblading.
Hey, don’t worry about the fact that those of us that remember these things are in our late 30’s and 40’s now. Who cares? We are kids of the 80’s and our decade ROCKED.