Skip to comments.Everything You Loved, and Hated, About the '80s
Posted on 04/14/2013 11:05:29 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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The big 80s were certainly a great decade for me.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Throw Mama From The Train
And the Jerry Lewis / Dean Martin reunion on the Telethon.
Also, Sinatra was still alive.
The entire LA punk scene was great.
X was great
Crime Story and Miami Vice, getting out of the Corps, my 1965 Catalina Covertible, my 1983 Eldorado Biarritz, my 1989 Z-24 Convertible...
The end of Disco
One of the best -- President Ronald Reagan.
Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul.
Having Reagan as a 2 term president. You just knew the nation was in good hands with his leadership and it was a fairly profitable decade in American history.
Yup, I remember when Reagan came out for his 2nd term victory speech and the crowd was chanting “4 more years - 4 more years” and Reagan said something like “I think that was just arranged”
What I loved about the’80s:
I was in my 20s.
You can’t have the 80’s without Rubiks Cube.
Amen Skooz. Reason enough.
Reagan made it a most perfect decade.
Got the best job I ever "had".
Lost a very good friend.
A lot of the music, the movies, the world leaders, not even half the Marxist crap in our country today.
From the motorhead perspective, 1980s cars were cool because they were the best of two worlds. They were modern in the sense of being fuel injected and using electronic engine management, but they weren’t so complex that you couldn’t work on them. They struck the perfect balance. I’ve got two cars from the 1980s — a Toyota and a BMW, both in headturningly excellent condition — and they are simply great cars.
From the cultural perspective, the 1980s was the last decade that was still rooted in traditional America. I was in elementary school in the 1980s and several of my teachers were women in their fifties, as was the principle, who set the tone for the school. They were educated and started their careers in the 1950s. That was the culture they taught, though of course somewhat modified by their experiences in the 1960s and 1970s. The 1980s was the last decade where people in power positions within the educational establishment had their roots in the 1950s and early 1960s.
Musicwise I’ll just post this as something good that the eighties gave us:
Great music (ELO, Dire Straits, Peter Gabriel, Cyndi Lauper, The Bangles, etc, etc)
and terrible music (”Ebony and Ivory”, “The Doggone Girl is Mine”, “To all the girls I’ve Loved Before”, “Woman”)
The only movies that I liked were "Red Dawn" and the Rambo films, but "Star Wars II" (1980) was a disappointment. "Star Wars III" was better, but neither could hold a candle to "Star Wars I."
In sports, the Los Angeles Dodgers won a couple of national championships, but soon after winning the 1980 Rose Bowl game, the USC Trojans came under the leadership of a series of mediocre coaches and went into a funk that lasted the rest of the century. However, the Occidental College Tigers did better, with seven winning seasons and 10 straight victories over arch-rival Pomona College.
The 1980's also produced the ugliest cars of just about any decade. Automobile stylists seemed to have been influenced by cubism, for the streets were filled with cars that looked like boxes. They also weren't very well-made; there are probably more 1950's cars on the road today than there are 1980's cars.
I loved the great movies, great music and the end of the Carter Administration.
So, in essence, the 80s were devoid of much of anything of lasting value?
Got married and became a Dad. Helped elect The Best President Ever (RR). Strong economic growth. The start of the fall of Communism and the USSR. Strong US military. A sense of national pride, a great counterpoint to the dreary Carter years. Bringing the hostages home, and telling Iran to screw itself.
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For me, the U.S. ice hockey gold medal victory in the Olympics was the turning point - especially the upset of the Soviet Union team. That occurred towards the end of February of 1980, and it was at that point that the stink of the 1970s was flushed down the toilet - like an especially bad case of diarrhea.
I remember getting so caught up in that event that I drove to Winthrop, MA to see Mike Eruzione's victory parade as that song "99" by Toto played on the radio.
The 1980s decade was perfected bookended on Christmas Day of 1989 when the Ceausescu's were executed in Romania. That was the unofficial kickoff of the rapid fall of the Iron Curtain in Europe and the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
In between, well, those were some pretty good years. Lots of prosperity, eight years of Ronald Reagan, millions of high tech jobs being created, the future looked pretty darn bright back in the 1980s. If only I could go back to say, 1985, with $10,000 to invest in Microsoft!
It's a shame that people under the age of 40 never got to experience the optimism that used to exist here in the United States.
Depends on if you're talking import or domestic. I'd agree that American cars were in the doldrums in the 1980s, with a few exceptions (like the Corvette, which is beautiful). There are some great Japanese and European cars from that era though. I happen to like the angular styling that you call cubist. It was certainly more interesting than the nondescript jellybean curves of the 1990s.
I will say that the current generation of cars is absolutely fantastic in terms of styling -- the perfect mix of curvy and angular. That've learned their lessons and have really nailed it. The wonderfulness of modern cars is one reason I think we're not doomed. I think cars are a leading indicator of societal health and I think the general trend is positive.
I was reborn on 25 May 1983. At age 40, I underwent life-saving open heart surgery. I was a 250 pound slob who couldn’t walk up a flight of stairs without taking a nitro pill. Ninety days after the surgery I weighed 193, my current weight, and took up running. One hundred days after the surgery, I was jogging through the streets of Baghdad with the Hash House Harriers. Thank God! My late wife was so incredibly supportive, as was my leadership at work. I even liked the big hair of the 80s, and the Tigers beat the Padres.
Ditto AND Ronald Reagan. Was married in the 80s, but some bad stuff happened then, too...fire, almost got divorced, lay-off, stuff like that. I miss looking forward to having kids, which we never had.
I miss not having to worry about whether I'd wake up and my rights would have been stolen by some crack-pot, Liberal, commie, idiot.
Wow! My memory’s gone, what’s her name?
Still have the original “Wild Gift” in vinyl. I also have my ticket stub to The Clash at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. Best show I ever saw.
One hundred days after the surgery, I was jogging through the streets of Baghdad with the Hash House Harriers.
Gotta ask -- what were the Hash House Harriers?
Phoebe Cates - Fast Times at Ridgemont High (A silly movie with a remarkable cast and unforgettable bikini scene.)
“Hey Brad, you know how cute I always thought you were.”
Life is strange moving in stereo...
That the 80’s weren’t the 70’s was enough for me. Being in my 20’s was just gravy.
What I loved about the 80’s... MY HAIR! I had an extremely radical style.. big hair, cut short at the ears with razor markings in the form of lightening bolts! I miss my big hair....
Lawrence Welk was alive, as was Liberace!
I worked hard with a group opposing Prop. 12. This was a motley crew that included conservative activists, refugees from Eastern Europe and Castro's Cuba, John Birchers and members of the Church Universal and Triumphant, an ultra-weird cult that had infiltrated many conservative groups in Southern California at the time. There were probably a few Moonies in our group as well. We had some pretty interesting discussions at our headquarters.
Among other things, we used the Fairness Doctrine to force broadcasters to air our advertisements. On a few occasions, I had the duty of taking tapes of the ads to the studios.
I spent Election Night partying with the No on 12 crowd and watching the election returns. The media predicted that Bradley would win the governorship, but Deukmejian continued to lead. He was still leading when I got home around two AM.
Early the next morning, I awoke and immediately turned on the radio. When the announcer said "Governor-elect Deukmejian," I went back to sleep.
Proposition 12 passed, but only narrowly, proving that Californians were less than enthusiastic about the "nuclear freeze," which soon vanished as an issue. Prop 15 also went down in flames, and Governor Moonbeam failed in his bid to go to Washington.
Loved the 80’s! I was in my 20’s, had my own business, and got to listen to WHFS 102.3 on Cordell Ave. in Bethesda every day! It was THE alternative music station, before most folks knew there was such a thing.
Wally Rap--Wally George (1984)
I’m so old that I remember when Liberace was a heterosexual.
Some say the HHH is a drinking club with a running problem, and others say it’s the other way around. It was formed in the 1930s by expat Brits in Malaya. These guys were all so far out of shape that they decided to start a running club. Their local pub was near a Chinese-run opium den, hence the name. It’s international. I ran with them in Lagos and Havana. There are certain protocols involved, most include a lot of beer. I don’t know why it never caught on in this country
Johnny Paris was still blowing his horn and my ex hadn’t even been born yet, what’s not to love about that?!
Oh. My. Goddess...errrr, I mean, Goodness.
I don’t remember a whole lot about the 1982 elections. My dad was stationed in Germany. If the weather cooperated, we could pick up the BBC, which is how we were able to get news about the Falklands War and some of the worldwide news events, but they rarely said anything about US politics.
There’s so much to love about the ‘80s. The music, for one...I love it still. Also, girls and women actually looked female back then, and enjoyed it. We loved the big hair, the makeup, the short skirts, and the spike heels.
We would have died laughing at the way some women look nowadays.
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