Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Everything You Loved, and Hated, About the '80s
National Geographic ^

Posted on 04/14/2013 11:05:29 AM PDT by nickcarraway

Enter Our Matrix of Milestones, Music, and Memories


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS:
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-148 next last

1 posted on 04/14/2013 11:05:29 AM PDT by nickcarraway
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
What I loved about the 80's?

Being Born is a good place to start XD

2 posted on 04/14/2013 11:14:09 AM PDT by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

The big 80s were certainly a great decade for me.


3 posted on 04/14/2013 11:17:57 AM PDT by Wiggins
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

The movies:

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

3 Fugitives

Throw Mama From The Train

And the Jerry Lewis / Dean Martin reunion on the Telethon.

Also, Sinatra was still alive.


4 posted on 04/14/2013 11:22:46 AM PDT by tsowellfan (www.cafenetamerica.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

The entire LA punk scene was great.
X was great


5 posted on 04/14/2013 11:24:06 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Crime Story and Miami Vice, getting out of the Corps, my 1965 Catalina Covertible, my 1983 Eldorado Biarritz, my 1989 Z-24 Convertible...


6 posted on 04/14/2013 11:26:27 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

The end of Disco


7 posted on 04/14/2013 11:26:32 AM PDT by HangnJudge
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
One of the worst -- The Challenger disaster.

One of the best -- President Ronald Reagan.

8 posted on 04/14/2013 11:28:15 AM PDT by South40 (I Love The "New & Improved" Free Republic!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

Reagan, Thatcher and John Paul.


9 posted on 04/14/2013 11:28:35 AM PDT by dragonblustar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

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.


10 posted on 04/14/2013 11:30:17 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: tflabo

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”


11 posted on 04/14/2013 11:32:09 AM PDT by tsowellfan (www.cafenetamerica.com)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

12 posted on 04/14/2013 11:37:53 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

What I loved about the’80s:

I was in my 20s.

That’s enough.


13 posted on 04/14/2013 11:40:58 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

You can’t have the 80’s without Rubiks Cube.


14 posted on 04/14/2013 11:43:52 AM PDT by Bloodclot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Skooz

Amen Skooz. Reason enough.


15 posted on 04/14/2013 11:44:05 AM PDT by Dagnabitt (Amnesty is Treason. Its agents are Traitors.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
Other than breaking my back and getting reamed divorcing my second wife, I had a blast in the 80's.

Reagan made it a most perfect decade.

16 posted on 04/14/2013 11:45:18 AM PDT by doorgunner69
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
Best of times, worst of times...

Got the best job I ever "had".

Lost a very good friend.

17 posted on 04/14/2013 11:48:17 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

A lot of the music, the movies, the world leaders, not even half the Marxist crap in our country today.


18 posted on 04/14/2013 11:48:44 AM PDT by Viennacon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG07WSu7Q9w


19 posted on 04/14/2013 11:56:05 AM PDT by Yardstick
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

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”)


20 posted on 04/14/2013 12:01:57 PM PDT by married21
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
As far as culture is concerned, I didn't care for the 1980's.

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.

21 posted on 04/14/2013 12:02:25 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

I loved the great movies, great music and the end of the Carter Administration.


22 posted on 04/14/2013 12:04:47 PM PDT by wjcsux ("In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

So, in essence, the 80s were devoid of much of anything of lasting value?


23 posted on 04/14/2013 12:07:50 PM PDT by bigbob
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

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.


24 posted on 04/14/2013 12:10:38 PM PDT by chimera
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
Enter Our Matrix ...
For the Firefox browser and Stylish addon checkout my style: Free Republic - Matrix (+ more)
Also for Firefox and Greasemonkey, I created Free Republic Sun and Sea
25 posted on 04/14/2013 12:13:11 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ConservativeStatement
The 1980s were a perfect antidote to the "malaise" that permeated the 1970s. For those old enough to remember the 1970s, you will know what I mean. Watch an episode of "Welcome Back Kotter" and well, that was the 1970s in a nutshell right there with a little Jimmy Carter and disco thrown in to make it even more depressing.

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.

26 posted on 04/14/2013 12:13:25 PM PDT by SamAdams76
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

27 posted on 04/14/2013 12:15:58 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Fiji Hill
They also weren't very well-made; there are probably more 1950's cars on the road today than there are 1980's cars.

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.

28 posted on 04/14/2013 12:17:18 PM PDT by Yardstick
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: South40
The '80s were full of memorable events. Personally, the top ones I remember are:
The assassination attempts on President Reagan and Pope John Paul II.
The Falklands War.
The Challenger disaster.
Chernobyl.
The Carrollton Bus Crash (I had several friends on this bus; some lived and some did not).
The Berlin Wall comes down.
29 posted on 04/14/2013 12:18:07 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: wjcsux

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.


30 posted on 04/14/2013 12:18:34 PM PDT by Ax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Skooz
What I loved about the’80s: I was in my 20s. That’s enough.

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.

31 posted on 04/14/2013 12:22:27 PM PDT by madison10
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

Wow! My memory’s gone, what’s her name?

Again, WOW!


32 posted on 04/14/2013 12:24:02 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: mylife

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.


33 posted on 04/14/2013 12:24:11 PM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Ax
Great stuff, Ax.

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?

34 posted on 04/14/2013 12:24:39 PM PDT by Yardstick
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 30 | View Replies]

To: elcid1970

Phoebe Cates - Fast Times at Ridgemont High (A silly movie with a remarkable cast and unforgettable bikini scene.)


35 posted on 04/14/2013 12:30:11 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Kid Shelleen

“Hey Brad, you know how cute I always thought you were.”

Life is strange moving in stereo...

Classic!


36 posted on 04/14/2013 12:31:11 PM PDT by Benito Cereno
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

37 posted on 04/14/2013 12:32:07 PM PDT by mirkwood
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

That the 80’s weren’t the 70’s was enough for me. Being in my 20’s was just gravy.


38 posted on 04/14/2013 12:43:06 PM PDT by TalBlack (Evil doesn't have a day job.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

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....


39 posted on 04/14/2013 12:45:39 PM PDT by momtothree
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
Pope and Reagan

And of course Lady Thatcher

40 posted on 04/14/2013 12:47:16 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows

Lawrence Welk was alive, as was Liberace!


41 posted on 04/14/2013 12:47:35 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stonewall Jackson
Another event I remember is the 1982 election in California. Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley and Attorney General George "Duke" Deukmejian, the Republican nominee, were running for governor, while the current governor Jerry Brown was running for the Senate against San Diego mayor Petie Wilson. There were also a couple of important ballot initiatives. Propositio 12 would put Californians on record as being in favor of "freezing" the deployment of nuclear weapons at current levels--which the Soviets wanted--and Proposition 15 would place severe restrictions on firearms.

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.

42 posted on 04/14/2013 12:48:43 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

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.


43 posted on 04/14/2013 12:52:41 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway
For my 10,000th reply on Free Republic, I'll post a link to my favorite song from the 1980's:

Wally Rap--Wally George (1984)

44 posted on 04/14/2013 12:53:25 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Revolting cat!; a fool in paradise

I’m so old that I remember when Liberace was a heterosexual.


45 posted on 04/14/2013 12:55:52 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: Yardstick

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


46 posted on 04/14/2013 12:57:10 PM PDT by Ax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

Johnny Paris was still blowing his horn and my ex hadn’t even been born yet, what’s not to love about that?!


47 posted on 04/14/2013 12:57:36 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mirkwood

Oh. My. Goddess...errrr, I mean, Goodness.


48 posted on 04/14/2013 12:58:54 PM PDT by WeatherGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Fiji Hill

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.


49 posted on 04/14/2013 1:13:35 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Molon Labe!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: nickcarraway

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.


50 posted on 04/14/2013 1:18:41 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-148 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson