Glen A Wilson Reunion Class of 1980
 
Let's see how good your memory was. Do you remember these facts? My-o-my how times have changed!


President of the United States:  James "Jimmy" Earl Carter, Jr.
Vice President:  Walter F. Mondale
Population: 222,224,881
Life Expectancy 73.7 years
Cost of a New Home: $76,400.00
Median Household Income: $17,710.00
Cost of a first class stamp: .15 cents
Cost of a regular gallon of Gas: $1.25
Cost of a dozen eggs:  .91 cents
Cost of a gallon of milk:  $2.16
The 1980's flashback is going to be painful.  Did we really wear, say, watch and act this way?

The 80s produced some interesting things. Fashion wasn't its strongest point. As trends are recycled and decades revisited we can only hope that the 80s stays in the 80s, and spare ourselves from the embarrassment of oversized clothing and blinding colors. Here are just a few of our favorite fashion memories (and disasters) from the decade that was the 80s.

10. Shoulder pads
For reasons we'll never understand, the linebacker look was popular back in the day. We know we like our torsos to look rectangular; don't you?

9. Neon
Our eyes are still recovering from this one. Neon was everywhere. The return of tie-dye (that wasn't gone long) added to the nausea by encouraging people to mix their neons…fingers crossed that this fashion crime never happens again. For the sake of vision everywhere.

8. Shirts with t-shirt clips on the side
Oversized t-shirts were big. Clipping them up on one side with a chunky plastic clip (make it neon, even better) was even bigger. Once again, we have no idea. Maybe it was to keep your giant t-shirt from overshadowing your awesome three-quarter length leggings?

7. Tight acid or stonewash jeans
Tight, and we mean tight jeans were all the rage, for both men and women. Bleach was splashed onto the denim to give it a patchy mixture of dark and light colour. Then they were ripped and safety pins added to give the desirable punk/rebel look à la Billy Idol. Throw a mullet on with those pants and you were hot stuff.

6. Teased hair
Perm it, fluff it, hairspray it and then adorn it with chunky clips. For inspiration see the first incarnation of Madonna. You'll remember why you're so thankful that you have short hair now.

5. Exercise gear & leg warmers
We can thank caffeine-injected Aussie Olivia Newton-John for this one. "Let's Get Physical" tore up the charts, and people everywhere tore off the layers in favour of spandex and sweatbands and got down with their bad selves.

4. Jellies sandals
They were plastic. They were noisy. They were hot. Your parents thought they looked adorable with little summer dresses. You tossed them aside and settled for jelly accessories instead.

3. Slap bracelets
Here's a good idea. Take a chunk of elastic material, cover it in gaudy colours (neon!) and inspire legions of fans to slap themselves on the wrist and wear it as a bracelet. We still have our neon-green New Kids on the Block one. And we're not giving it up.

2. Don't Worry Be Happy
The hit song by Bobby McFerrin spawned a huge craze for that saying on all sorts of clothing, so we felt it deserved a mention. Plus, it's one of the few trends from the 80s that wasn't too bad.

1. Off-the-shoulder
Flashdance inspired the sleeves-off-the-shoulder look, as well as opening the doors for women who secretly aspired to be welders. Okay, maybe not so much for the second one, but honestly, who didn't sport the look? It was so popular it's even making a comeback. We wouldn't recommend it for welding, though. The baggy sleeves might get in the way

 

 


TOP MOVIE MONEY MAKERS:

The Empire Strikes Back $290,268,568    
Superman II $108,185,706    
9 To 5 $103,290,500   
Stir Crazy $101,300,000     
Airplane!  $83,400,000 


ACADEMY AWARDS:

Best Actor:  Robert De Niro: Raging Bull   
Best Actress:  Sissy Spacek: Coal Miner's Daughter
Best Director:  Robert Redford: Ordinary People  
Best Picture:  Ronald L. Schwary: Ordinary People
Best Supporting Actor:  Timothy Hutton: Ordinary People
Best Supporting Actress:  Mary Steenburgen: Melvin and Howard


AMERICA'S TOP 20 TV FAVORITES:

1)    Dallas
2)    60 Minutes
3)    Dukes of Hazard
4)    Private Benjamin
5)    M*A*S*H
6)    The Love Boat
7)    The Tuesday Night Movie
8)    House Calls
9)    The Jefferson
10)  Little House on the Prairie
11)  The Two of Us
12)  Alice
13)  Real People
14)  Three's Company
15) 
The NBC Movie of the Week    
16)  One Day at a Time
17)  Too Close for Comfort
18)  Magnum PI
19)  Diff'rent Strokes
20)  NFL Monday Night Football


EMMY AWARDS:

Best Drama:  Hill Street Blues (NBC)
Best Actor:  Daniel J. Travanti, Hill Street Blues
Best Actress:  Barbara Babcok, Hill Street Blues
Supporting Actor:  Michael Conrad, Hill Street Blues
Supporting Actress:  Nancy Marchand, Lou Grant

Best Comedy:  Taxi
Best Actor: Judd Hirsch, Taxi
Best Actress: Isabel Sanford, The Jeffersons
Supporting Actor:  Danny Divito, Taxi
Supporting Actress:  Ilene Brennan, Private Benjamin
Best Variety:  Lily, Sold Out