6 thoughts on “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About 1981…

  1. Jay B. August 24, 2011 / 7:09 pm

    List of stuff which happened in 1981:

    Reagan inaugurated! That day the Iranian Hostage Crisis ends.
    There was also an assassination attempt on Reagan that same year by John Hinckley Jr. who wanted Jodie Foster to pay attention to him.

    The Columbia space shuttle was first tested.

    Brixton Riots in South London (much like the ones which happened earlier this month).

    The first officially diagnosed cases of AIDS were reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Sandra Day O’Connor was nominated to the Supreme Court (first female justice)

    Stephen King was popular in this year.

    Toni Morrison was becoming a nationally recognized author.

  2. Jasmine W. August 24, 2011 / 7:12 pm

    Some Important Events/Facts/People..etc:

    1. Titanic is found in North Atlantic

    2. MTV launches on Aug 1

    3.”Entertainment Tonight” premiers

    4. Frequent Flyer Miles are first introduced by American Airlines

    5. First American test tube baby is born

    6. Muhammad Ali retires

    7. Popular films are Superman 2, For Your Eyes Only (James Bond,)
    Chariots of Fire, and Arthur

    8. “Never Say Diet” is written by Richard Simmons

    9. Post It notes are launched by 3M Corp

    10. There term “internet’ is introduced

    11. Prince Charles and Diana are married in July

    12. Average 19in TV costs around $400

    13. “Cujo” by Stephen King becomes popular

  3. Jasmine W. August 24, 2011 / 7:26 pm

    I think everyone knows that the 80’s were a very crazy and terbulent time. There was a lot going on, a lot of discoveries being made. It seems like there were definitely a lot of medical and technological leaps at this time. Aids is revealed. Test tube babies have been proven a possibilty. The internet is becoming more prevalent. Around this time, micrisoft started introducing a lot of its programs. Also, in the pop culture world, the birth of million dollar phenomenons were being born, MTV and Entertainment Tonight are still very popular channels today. I definitely think during this year a big stamp was made onto the world that is still impacting us today.

  4. Dakotah August 24, 2011 / 7:28 pm

    Dianna Ross No. 1 on the charts
    Arcades at Circle K gas stations
    8 tracks played in Gremlin cars
    Tube socks
    Parachute pants-sheer, rainbow, zippered…
    Grateful Dead
    Jimmy Buffet
    Large Recession
    “Grease” costume parties
    “Weed, dances, football games, the band”
    Lacoste- preppy clothing
    Everyone in high waisted short shorts
    Michael Jackson
    “Butcutts on guys, long hair in braids or short blown out hair on girls”

    I talked to Mr. Leonard and my mom about the year 1981. My mom was 16 and a cheerleader. She went to John Caroll Catholic High School. She told me her dream in highschool was to marry into a big italian family; she was an only child. She wore her hair long, and she listened to American Top 40 with Casey Kasem whenever possible. She was Jackie O for Halloween. Mr. Leonard talked about his friend’s Gremlin with an 8 track player and sitting listening to The Cars and The Bee Gees. Rolling Stone covers that year featured Yoko One twice, once with John by her side, then solo. Another Beatle, Ringo Starr appeared on the cover with the headline “Take Ringo Seriously!”
    I think social ideas changed in 1980 and ’81. In ’81, only 30% of American parents thought their children would have better lives/ living conditions than their own generation. The “American Dream” couldn’t really be defined in an article or online. But, Mr. Leonard said “’81 was the first year I can remember where poverty was something to be ashamed of.” I think that says a lot about living expectations and life goals in ’81. It mattered what clothes you wore and what neighborhood you lived more blatantly than ever before. I remembering reading something a while back. It was nonfiction about working to save enough money to buy a shirt with an alligator on it. How somehow the little alligator logo made you acceptable. The recession that hit in the 80s changed goals and social scenes to where money mattered more.

  5. Jay B. August 24, 2011 / 7:45 pm

    The early 80s marked a big political change in America. Before Reagan took office, Jimmy Carter was president, and the two could not have been more opposite. Carter was very anti-war and put a lot of effort into programs helping the poor, whereas Reagan was a do-it-yourself cowboy sort of guy. The whole tone of American politics went from pretty liberal to very conservative. My mom was in her third year of college in 1981 and she said that everyone she knew hated Reagan and that the Iranian hostage crisis really messed up Carter’s possibilities for reelection. I asked her about what the differences were between then and now and she talked about how everyone was much less connected because you could only really talk to someone in person or on the phone from your house. She also said that there was less global news and that America felt more isolated.

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