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Do you Remember 1980?

Ok, maybe some of you were not born yet!!

I was in my first year of Grad School at the University of Connecticut.

This site helped my memory!  http://www.liketotally80s.com/80s-capsules-1980.html

I loved listening to Devo and Blondie songs.

Funkytown and Turning Japanese were songs that we danced to at the Disco!

Movies I loved where The Empire Strikes Back, Caddyshack, Private Benjamin, American Gigolo,  and The Blues Brothers.

I worked for Apple for a few years starting in 1984.  Here is a presentation in 1980 from Steve Jobs!

Here are a few items of note from the timeline.  So interesting!

We didn’t have the internet yet!

Some dates from Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1980

January 7 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs legislation approving $1.5 billion in loan guarantees to bail out the Chrysler Corporation.

March 21  –  U.S. President Jimmy Carter announces that the United States will boycott the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

April 7 – The United States severs diplomatic relations with Iran and imposes economic sanctions, following the taking of American hostages on November 4, 1979.

May 21 – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back is released.

May 22 – Pac-Man (the best-selling arcade game of all time) is released.

June 1 – The Cable News Network (CNN) is officially launched.

June 27 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter signs Proclamation 4771, requiring 18- to 25-year-old males to register for a peacetime military draft, in response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

August 7–August 31 – Lech Walesa leads the first of many strikes at the Gdansk Shipyard.

August 17 – In Australia, baby Azaria Chamberlain disappears from a campsite at Ayers Rock (Uluru), reportedly taken by a dingo.

October 21 – World Series: The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Kansas City Royals 4–2 in game 6.

November 4 – United States presidential election, 1980: Republican challenger and former Governor Ronald Reagan of California defeats incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter, exactly 1 year after the beginning of the Iran hostage crisis.

November 21 (two things)

–  A fire at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip kills 85 people.

–  A then-record number of viewers (for an entertainment program) tune into the U.S. TV soap opera Dallas to learn who shot lead character J.R. Ewing. The “Who shot J.R.?” event is an international obsession.

December 8 – John Lennon, an English musician and peace activist, is murdered in New York City.

A David Letterman clip from 1980 with Andy Kaufman


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  1. October 4, 2012 at 2:31 am

    Delightful….and so would be the stories I could share aobut being a farming woman in the Northern Part of ALberta…..no running water, and no electicity and oh the stars and beauty…….

    • October 4, 2012 at 2:45 am

      I would love to hear or read those stories!

      • October 4, 2012 at 3:00 am

        Will link some of the poems from greatpoetrymhf.wordpress.com which pertain to them….a few hours. Need sleep atm
        BLessings to you and yours in the interim

    • October 4, 2012 at 3:03 am

      That would be lovely! Thanks you.

  2. October 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    The 80’s were fun, funky times…

  3. October 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    So great to read you worked for Apple Sally… its a very rare yet same fantastic talk of Jobs Thank you for sharing 😀

    • October 4, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      Thanks for your visit Abdul!

  4. October 5, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I remember 1980 so well. Great clips.

    • October 6, 2012 at 1:45 pm

      Yeah, someone else who was grown up in 1980! LOL

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