Anybody here grow up in the 80's ??

  1. You KNOW you grew up in the 80's if..........

    1. You remember when Jordache jeans with a flat-handle comb in the back
    pocket was cool.
    2. Any photograph of you shows you wearing an Izod shirt with the collar turned
    up.
    3. You know any 'Weird Al' Yankovic songs by heart.
    4. You've ever rung someone's doorbell and said 'Landshark!'
    5. You were once bowled over by the technological excellence of such
    products as Atari, IntelliVision, TelStar and Coleco.
    6. You remember the premier of MTV-or worse yet, you remember its
    predecessor, 'Friday Night Videos.'
    7. You and your friends ever discussed having a reunion at the end of
    the century and playing Prince's '1999' until you passed out partying.
    8. A predominant color in your childhood photos is plaid.
    9. You remember when music that was labeled 'alternative' really was
    alternative, and when 'alternative comedy' was really funny.
    10. You took family trips BEFORE the invention of the minivan.
    11. (Related to No. 10) You rode in the back of the station wagon facing
    the cars behind you.
    12. You've recently horrified yourself by using any one of the following
    phrases: 'You know, back when...,' 'When I was your age...,' or 'When I was
    younger...'
    13. Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you learned things like
    grammar, math and history. (A big hint here is if the only way you can
    recite the Preamble to the Constitution is by singing it.)
    14. You ever dressed to look like someone in a Madonna, Cyndi Lauper or
    Duran Duran video.
    15. You remember your first kiss with someone having happened while
    either 'Leather and Lace' or 'Crazy for You' was playing.
    16. You remember with pain the day the Green Machine hit the streets (or
    the sidewalks), instantly making your Big Wheel obsolete.
    17. The age-old question 'Where's the beef?' still makes you laugh.
    18. You remember when film critics raved that no movie could ever
    possibly have more advanced special effects than 'TRON.'
    19. You had a crush on Ted the photographer on 'Love Boat,' Gage from
    'Emergency,' or Ponch from 'CHIPS.'
    20. Your hair at some point in time in the '80s could only be described
    by saying 'I was experimenting.'
    21. You've ever shopped at Benetton.
    22. You're starting to believe that having the kids in school year-round
    wouldn't be such a bad idea after all.
    23. You're currently employed doing something that has absolutely
    nothing to do with your college major.
    24. U2 is too popular and mainstream for you now.
    25. You remember trying to guess which episode of 'The Brady Bunch' it
    was by the first scene.
    26. You had a front-row seat (i.e., blew off one or more classes) for
    Luke and Laura's wedding on 'GH.'
    27. Your parents wanted you to attend medical school, but you decided it
    was pointless since Quincy got all the babes anyway.
    28. You know who shot J.R.
    29. You recall when Love's Baby Soft was in every girl's Christmas
    stocking.
    30. This rings a bell: 'My name is Charlie, and they work for me.'!
    31. You were unsure if Diet Coke would ever catch on. (Related item: you
    were sure that 'New Coke' would NEVER catch on.)
    32. You know all the words to the double-album set of the 'Grease' soundtrack.
    33. You've ever had a Dorothy Hamill haircut.
    34. You sat with your friends on any given Friday night circa 1982 and
    dialed 867-5309 to see if Jenny was actually there.
    35. 'All skate, change directions' means something to you.
    36. You've ever owned a pair of rainbow suspenders like the ones Mork used to wear.
    37. You bought a pair of Vans and wanted to order a pizza in history
    class so you could be just like Jeff Spicolli. (Related item: if you've
    ever smacked yourself in the head with a shoe and exclaimed,'I'm so wasted!'
    38. You owned a Preppy Handbook.
    39. You were too young to see 'Blue Lagoon,' so you just had to settle
    for the second-hand reports.
    40. You remember when movies were only PG and R.
    41. You learned to swim at about the same time 'Jaws' came out....and
    still carry the emotional scars to prove it.
    42. You remember when your cable TV box had a sliding selector switch.
    and your 'cable remote' was connected to the TV by a CORD!
    43. Your jaw would ache by the time you finished brick-sized packages of Bazooka!
    44. You remember Bo and Luke Duke, Daisy, Boss Hogg, or-worst of all-what Sheriff
    Roscoe's full name was.
    45. Your parents paid $2,000 for a top-loading VCR that was almost the
    size of a coffee table.
    46. You found nothing strange about Bert and Ernie living together.
    47. You remember having a rotary phone.
    48. You actually believed that Mikey, famed kid on the Life cereal
    commercials, died after eating Pop Rocks and drinking a Coke.
    49. 'Members Only' jackets...say no more.
    50. And lastly, I'll make a song stick in your head for the rest of the
    day:....you actually remember the words to the theme song of 'The Greatest
    American Hero.' ('BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I'M WALKIN' ON AIR...I NEVER THOUGHT
    I COULD FEEL SO FREE-EE-EE...')


    Amy
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  2. 34 Comments

  3. by   Q.
    Oh my god that was hysterical! And so true! I also remember when HBO was just HBO - no other "cable" channels - and when the POINT to HBO was NO COMMERCIALS.

    I remember seeing Jaws 3-D too. And sticker books.
  4. by   BlueBear
    Thank you, thank you, thank you! What a great trip down Memory Lane!! I remember almost all of those, and got such a kick out of reading this. But boy, do I feel OLD!!!!
  5. by   canoehead
    My mother actually gave me a "bowl" haircut as a kid and everyone thought it looked cool.

    Michael Jackson was considered macho at one point, and you could see the jocks moonwalking in the hallway.

    I remember when MTV first started and we felt deprived because we didn't have cable, then 6m later a weekday half hour video show was like a religion. ANY video was a good video.

    My whole family sat in the living room and played pong all weekend. We watched it like TV.

    Speaking of TV, I remember when we first got a VCR (and yes it was huge) We had marathon movie watching sessions every weekend for a year, and hadn't seen any of them.

    As a kid never saw the Christmas specials because they were on too late, and as an early teen never saw the music awards for the same reason. Now they record them.

    Video dances!

    Big hair and heavy blue eyemakeup was the cutting edge.

    OMG my parents crushed my obsession with General Hospital within a week before Luke and Laura saw each other because of all the crying I was doing in front of the TV set. I still need therapy for their deprivation!

    The guys told the girls they had drilled a hole in the adjoining bathroom wall just like in "Porky's" so we stuffed toilet paper in every crack.

    I remember when Mr Snuffalupagus could only be seen by Big Bird. Why did they change that?

    We used to practise as kids to get the Na-No Na-No from Mork and Mindy right, and Spock's "peace and long life"

    Remember when Diet anything tasted like medicine, then aspartame came out and it all became drinkable.

    Thanks for the memories!
  6. by   kewlnurse
    The 80's ruled!!! However most of that preppy crap didn't apply to me, my freinds, of the girls i dated (clothing and music wise). I never owned Izod, memers only, or Jordache. Skin tight Levi's, concert tee's, and hair down the middle of my back and Heavy Metal was pretty much thre 80's for me, when there were actually talented musicians, if you choose to listen to them. I still love big hair, still love 80's metal, still love the life style i lived. Damn now I'm sad. Hey remember when a nickel bagwas $5 and you got 5 fatties out of it, well so i heard anyway, i never indulged in such things.
  7. by   Dplear
    this will make you feel old....

    Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together
    a list to try to give the Faculty a sense of the mindset of
    this year's incoming freshman. Here is this year's list for the Class of 2004:

    -The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1982.
    -They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably did
    not know he had ever been shot.
    -They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
    -Black Monday, 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
    -There has been only one Pope.
    -They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the Cold War.
    -They have never feared a nuclear war.
    -They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
    -Tianamen Square means nothing to them.
    -Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
    -Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.
    -The expression "You sound like a broken record" means nothing
    to them. They have never owned a record player.
    -They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
    -They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was
    -introduced when they were 1 year old.
    -They have always had an answering machine.
    -Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have
    they seen a black and white TV. They have always had cable.
    -There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA was.
    -They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
    -They don't know what a cloth baby diaper is, or know about
    the "Help me, I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial.

    Feeling old Yet? There's more:

    -They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony.
    -Roller skating has always meant inline for them.
    -Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
    -They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
    -Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
    -They have never seen Larry Bird play.
    -They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
    -The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WWI, WWII
    and the Civil War.
    -They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
    -They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
    -They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
    -They never heard: "Where's the beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a
    camel," or De plane, de plane!".
    -They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R. was.
    -The Titanic was found? They thought we always knew.
    -Michael Jackson has always been white.
    -Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not rock bands.
    -McDonalds never came in styrofoam containers.
    -There has always been MTV.
    -They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
  8. by   Yocanohawken
    And here I was, blissfully enjoying being in complete denial of my age.....

    Those were great times weren't they!


    Thanks for sharing!
    Jamie
  9. by   leesonlpn
    Isn't it amazing how much we 40+ have experienced since we were kids. Sensory overload. The first show I ever saw in color was Bonanza. Never mind a record player, I used to have one that played only 45's. Our record player, 33rpms also had a switch to make it play 78's. We used to play clear red ones and blue ones. Some were in Ukrainian of course. The strawberry mallow things used to be 3 for a penny. Who even bothers to bend down and pick up a penny anymore.(Unless you've had a really rotten day and could use the luck)Remember coffee made by percolators? Hot chocolate made with Fry's cocoa. Do you remember when Tang came out- it tasted pretty good.I remember my dad wearing Brylcream. It still smells the same,( some older patients still use it).Do you remember how good grape crush and orange crush tasted? 12 cents a bottle. Or floats, my kids have never had a float. Coke floats are the best.I think the world smelled better back then. Everything was more intense. The sky was blue-er buttercups were easy to find, and we could walk 3 miles to the local swimming pool without fear or even knowledge of being abducted. Wouldn't it be great to be in our childhood again for just a day. I wish I had the same energy!!Sigh............
  10. by   CashewLPN
    haha... I was an 80's baby...
    sad thing is, I remember wanting to be old enough to do all the 'cool' stuff all the big kids did...

    anybody remember neon pink anythings....
    AND
    those Big t-shirts with those funny shirt clip holder thingies.... (looked like a O with a line through it)
    AND
    I remember my first walkman... I got it after being jealous of my uncle(only a few yrs older than me) FOR MONTHS....
    AND
    How about ORIGINAL Mario Bros?(pong came out in 78... older than me...hehehe)
    And
    those HUGE plastic earrings
    AND
    DIVO...

    Ive said enough
    --BA
  11. by   klhs
    remember when you would roll your eyes when you heard your parents start a sentence with "i remember when...."

    i graduated h.s. in 1985... can remember thinking the year 2000 would never get here!

    thanks for the trip down memory lane!
  12. by   leesonlpn
    I remember those big plastic thingies for t-shirts. are they out of style now.........I mean.........I don't have one........Iwouldn't wear one..........weren't they supposed to make us look thinner...oh...I thought not.....but pong- that was cool. I remember how popular it was to playin bars. Fooze ball was big in bars too. You'd put a quarter down on the ledge on the game to show you were next.You know, there really were fun times. I think it was more fun being a teenager back then than it is now.
  13. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Oh my! How cool! In the 80's, I fit more into the heavy metal thing too. In fact, I probably would have followed Kewl (or someone who looked just like him) around drooling! Concert tee's and jeans, covered by a flannel shirt in the winter. My hair stood 6 inches from my scalp all the way around my head. (Literally, we measured it, it was a kind if contest). And to this day the 80's metal makes me giggle and crank up the stereo (just the way my mom used to do with her "oldies" and I would roll my eyes at her)! My husband refers to these rememberances as "cheese rock moments". I remind him if his freaky haircuts and ask him if he wants to take another spin on the skateboard!

    It always make me sad though when I see what the kids today (see, I said it, I'm old) have to look forward to. Britney, Backstreet Boys, Nsync... poor kids.

    Heather
  14. by   JennieBSN
    I love those 'you know you grew up in the 80's things...'

    Yeah, I'm 28....was born in '73....so by definition, I am an '80's child. EVERYTHING in the first list applied to me. I DEFINITELY remember 'Friday Night Videos.' I still am in love with Duran Duran. I want to by 'Seven and the Ragged Tiger' on CD....does such an animal exist?? I remember watching the whole Iran hostage situation and being scared. I remember the start of the Gulf War and being terrified that another Vietnam War was starting. I remember watching 'Thirtysomething' and thinking I would be like them at that age....which isn't so far away now, and I'm not even CLOSE to them.

    My sister in law (she's 21) frequently makes me feel OLD by asking 'what's that??' when I mention some gadget/news item from the '80's.

    Thanks for a great trip down memory lane, y'all!! This thread rocks!!


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