I HAD to do it...I've been searching eighties pages out of boredom, and
questions kept running through my head...on the "What's Ever Happened To..?"
front, no one has mentioned the stars of Gimme A Break-- Kari Michaelsen,
Lauri Hendler, and Lara Jill Miller (of course we all know what happened
to Joey Lawrence)... and what about Amy Linker, who played opposite Sarah
Jessica Parker in Square Pegs? And we know about Kim Fields and Lisa Whelchel
and Nancy McKeon...where's Mindy Cohn??
And hardly anyone ever mentions some of my favorite (albeit short-lived)
shows like, Misfits Of Science (starring a very young Courtney Cox), The
Powers Of Matthew Starr (Peter Barton), and Dreams (John Stamos, post-General Hospital,
pre-Full House). And movies...can you say THE
OUTSIDERS? Hello? And
arcade games--my favorite is *never* mentioned: Tempest.
Remember, the one that had different shaped playing fields on each
level, and you had to shoot stuff, and avoid the spikes? I made it all
the way up to level 13 on that one...which was quite something for me,
considering the rest of the time I was playing Skee-ball, racking up tickets
for that little Duran-Duran mirror or the feathered hair clip...(You'll
notice the word Tempest above now has a link...I finally found an 80s page
that mentioned it!! Thank you Okielady!!) I grew up in
Kona, Hawaii from 1981-1988, and we didn't have MTV (Hawaii got it after
I moved away), we had Night Tracks on TBS. I thought it was so neat to
see the Oxo video for "Whirly Girl" or Moon Unit Zappa's "Valley Girl"!
I remember liking Madonna
when her first album came out, and thinking that "Like A Virgin" was too
commercialized and silly. (I have recently started liking her again with
"Ray Of Light"). And Cyndi Lauper
was the one to copy when you wanted to be outrageous. In 6th grade (1982)
we colored our hair with Crayola Markers and ate Jello powder out of the
packet...In 1983, I admit it, I had big hair, as a result of a perm job
gone bad...Late in 1984 I discovered heavy metal and in 1985 loved Motley Crue
and Ozzy and AC/DC (later to be followed by Bon Jovi and Poison and Cinderella)
at the same time listening to Prince's Raspberry Beret with my best bud
Shaedra...1986 was definitely my party year though...I was
skinny on my 16th birthday (Feb.13,1986) but didn't think so, which was
SUCH a waste! We partied to heavy metal, drank a lot of Steinlager and
Budweiser, and ditched school a lot. Brandice and Lori and I used to go
drink Coronas at this little mexican restaurant that didn't card, and watch
Stevie Nicks videos on the TV behind the bar. The eighties were truly my growing
up years. I was ten in 1980. And I was 19 in 1989. And the fact that my
teen decade is now "retro" is driving me nuts! We're
not done with the 70's being retro yet! :) You know, I think I figured out what's different about the eighties...
People say about the 60's and the 70's, "If you remember them, you weren't there". No one yet has said that about the eighties. Sure, there are a few parts I don't remember real well,
but for the most part, people remember the eighties. That's why, I think, it's different from previous decades.