I was born smack in the middle of the 1960′s and graduated high school in 1984. If you’re trying to do the math, that makes me kinda old-ish.
Usually I act younger than my actual age, though recently I must admit that I’ve been acting like a crotchety old man. Kind of like the guy who yells at kids to get off the lawn, only I would drop a few F bombs. And call a couple of them douchebags. I
might possibly ,probably, totally would even take the Lord’s name in vain.
For those of you who weren’t around, the 80′s was the shit. Some of the funniest movies ever made were created in the 1980′s. That was the decade of John Hughes and his movies set in Shermer, IL. It was also the heyday of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg.
We had the Star Wars movies, Indiana Jones flicks, the original Die Hard, The Princess Bride, Back to the Future and how about a little something called Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Oh, and Top Gun.
There were so many great comedic actors who hit their peak during this decade, that I think we take some of their performances for granted when we compare their movies to the flicks today’s technology produced.
The 80′s produced some of the all time classic comedies. Caddyshack, Airplane, Meatballs, Stripes, Ghostbusters,
Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Back To School, Fletch and Beetlejuice all hit the big screen in that most epic of decades. The Breakfast Club was pretty bitchin too.
I didn’t date much in the early 80′s, mainly because I hadn’t yet discovered self-esteem. I completely lacked self-confidence in almost every single thing and it kind of sucked ass. Another possible reason for the lack of dating was my hair and my glasses. As you can see from the picture above, they were both pretty lame. Yeah. That’s me. Best Dressed in the class of 1984. For the record, that’s an argyle vest I was wearing.
The 1980′s was a bitchin decade for music as well as films. I remember getting in my
terracvotta orange Ford Fiesta and driving up to Magic Mountain to see Oingo Boingo play in the outdoor theater. We would ride Revolution and Colossus all day long, then rock out to Boingo all night.
I also used to occasionally hit Medieval Times in Buena Park on Friday or Saturday nights for the dance party hosted by Richard Blade, Dusty Street, Freddy Snakeskin, Jed The Fish or some other KROQ personality. We would go and hang out, but I rarely had the balls to ask anyone to dance. Plus I dance like shit and doing the White Man is not the way to impress a girl.
Sunday nights was Dr. Dimento on KMET, but the rest of the week it was all the ROQ of the 80′s. I have a buncha cool memories of cruising down Pacific Coast Highway from Seal Beach into Huntington, crankin’ some Thomas Dolby, The B-52′s, REM, The Smiths or some other rad band.
Two of my all time favorite sports moments took place in the 80′s–the 1980 U.S. Olympic gold medal in hockey and the Miracle on Manchester. The second game took place just as I was really getting into hockey.
The Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Grant Fuhr led Edmonton Oilers came into L.A.’s Fabulous Forum for a playoff game. Edmonton was up 5-0 going into the third period, but the Kings managed to tie the game in regulation and win in OT. I bet the Oilers felt like they got smacked in the sack with a slap shot after that one.
The Berlin Wall came down in the 80′s and Argentina got the crap kicked out of them by the U.K. over a few small islands. It was the dawn of the computer age and my junior year featured actual computers in the school. Of course, they required those huge floppy disks and the only language was MS DOS, but they were computers and they were damn cool.
The 1980′s was also the Golden Era of television. One of the greatest police shows ever, Hills Street Blues, was born then, as was the
douchiest coolest secret agent, Angus Macgyver. Yeah. That’s his first name. Pretty lame, huh?
It also gave us some of the greatest sitcoms ever, in shows like The Cosby Show, Cheers, Benson, Silver Spoons, Charles In Charge, Small Wonder, Perfect Strangers, Alf, Punky Brewster, Mr. Belvedere, Diff’rent Strokes and Night Court. OK. Only the first two were “greatest ever” worthy, but some of the other ones were pretty decent.
What other shit happened during the 80′s? John Lennon was whacked, video killed the radio star, The Simpsons made their debut (1987 on the Tracey Ullman Show), Ronald Reagan ran the show, Charles married Diana and we shot a chick into space. Not bad
The 80′s was pretty dope, but I know that I missed a lot, so I ask you. What did I forget? What else made the 1980′s absolutely epic?
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