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  • Writer's pictureBrynn Paulin

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Like, oh my God! It’s eighties flashback on Brynn’s blog.

You always have to remember, no matter what you're told, that God loves all the flowers, even the wild ones that grow on the side of the highway. - Cyndi Lauper

Okay 80s Pop Quiz

Who knows:

  • Who shot JR?

  • What band got their name from the sixties movie Barbarella?

  • ET’s favorite candy?

  • What Yuppie means?

  • The key members of the Brat Pack? There were eight of them.

  • What happened Oct. 18, 1987? Ooooh that’s a tuffy.

  • The names of the original 5 VJs? And what exactly is a VJ…?

  • Who sang "I Want My MTV" on the Dire Straits song “Money For Nothing”?

  • What was the first video MTV played?

  • What company used the little alligators as it's symbol on clothing?

  • What were the colors of a Rubik's Cube?

  • What show did the catch phrase, "Yeah, That's The Ticket" originate on?

  • Who was the founder of Live Aid?

  • What eighties TV show starred Tom Hanks in women's clothing? (I loved this show!!)

  • What famous soap opera duo reigned on General Hospital in the eighties?

  • Which Sci-Fi Sitcom star like to eat cats?

Here’s a few things I remember for the eighties. Oh, there is so much…where to start…

When the eighties started I was in grade school and when they ended I was in college. My bangs were like…four inches tall. The taller the better, baby. And I had a major crush on Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran. I subsequently had all Duran Duran’s albums and saw them in concert twice. Very cool. (Anyone else like him??) I also thought Molly Ringwald and Madonna were totally tubular. And I adored Cyndi Lauper. Speaking of weird hair… I really liked Boy George, too. I had hats. Just like his. And cabby hats. So many hats.

I saw the original Footloose at the movies for less than five dollars and was mortified when my best friend at the time decided to try all the dance moves at the club we used to frequent – this same friend sang theme from Robin Hood at her wedding…but that was the nineties. I never wore those really popular Jelly shoes because they hurt my feet, but I had lots of leg warmers, neon socks, stacks of bangle bracelets, the Swatch watches and a knock-off of the famous Michael Jackson jacket.

By the way, I did see the Victory Tour concert in Detroit. My mom wouldn’t let me see Purple Rain when it first came out, but I had the music and later saw it on HBO about a thousand times (because that’s how HBO was back then -- all movies, no TV shows). Same with Blue Lagoon. That came out in 1980 when I wasn’t even close to high school. My favorite movie (oh the shame) was Valley Girl. Hey, I’ve always liked Nick Cage.

And who remembers, sticking in a video tape to record your favorite show? No DVR, kids. You had to tape over your brother's football game the old-fashioned way. Or repair your favorite music with a pencil and a lot of prayer. stereo loved to eat cassette tapes. But I used to buy lots of 45s with my fav songs. Stacks... Anyone have an Atari or Nintendo 64? Remember blowing on the cassette to try to get the game to work better? Ah...the good old days.

Back to movies, these aren’t the top movies of the eighties, but they are my favs. I'll wrap up with these. Read on for a flashback (and a look at the movies that twisted formed me, LOL). This is what I was watching in the 80s.


9 to 5, Blue Lagoon, Fame, Empire Strikes Back


Zorro the Gay Blade


Annie, The Dark Crystal, ET, Grease 2, An Officer and A Gentleman, Poltergeist


Anna to the Infinite Power, Mr. Mom, The Pirates of Penzance, Risky Business, Return of the Jedi, Valley Girl


Footloose, The Karate Kid, The Last Starfighter, Purple Rain, Revenge of the Nerds


Breakfast Club (!!!), Back to the Future, Weird Science, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, Ladyhawke, Real Genius, Teen Wolf, Jewel of the Nile (1985 was a very good year!)


Ferris Beuller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, The Money Pit, Children of a Lesser God


Princess Bride (!!!!), Innerspace, Dirty Dancing, 3 Men and a Baby, Adventures in Babysitting, Good Morning Vietnam, Overboard, Mannequin


Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Big, Coming to America, Willow, Cocktail, Scrooged


Dead Poets Society, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, The Little Mermaid, When Harry Met Sally, Field of Dreams, Driving Miss Daisy, Weekend at Bernies, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Full Disclosure: this movie is so freaking ridiculous but it’s one of my all-time favorite movies) , Steel Magnolias, Look Who’s Talking, Parenthood (the original movie is NOTHING like the TV show), Lean On Me

I hope this brought back some funny memories (or that you learned something for those who will be like: I wasn't even BORN in the 80s. Yeah,yeah, yeah...) What do you remember (or have heard) about the 80s?

Got to Motor!




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