Monday, June 2, 2008

Turning Back the Clock Tuesday

Since someone has a birthday later this week (I won't mention any names) I thought it would be fun to reminisce about growing up in the 70s and 80s. These are the things that I remember... - Commodore 64 computer, dot matrix printers, big floppy disks, Betamax and VHS, boom boxes, Oregon Trail, flash cubes, Xeroxed paper really was "hot" off the press - Atari, Pacman, Frogger, Mario Brothers, Rubiks cube, Speak n Spell, Cabbage Patch Dolls, Smurfs, ET, Mr. T, Sit n Spin, Simon, Schwinn 10 speed bikes, true Saturday morning cartoons - Cosby Show, Family Ties, M*A*S*H, Little House on the Prairie, Hee Haw, Muppets, Lawrence Welk (w/grandma), Silver Spoons, Scooby Doo, Dukes of Hazard, Nickelodeon's You Can't Do that on Television, Double Dare, Dance Party USA, Punky Brewster, ALF, Happy Days - Wheel of Fortune (when they actually bought stuff with their winnings) - Big Mac Attack (2 all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun), Full Meal Deal (DQ) coins, Mr. Donut - Madonna, Duran Duran, Cyndi Lauper, Thriller, Back Street Boys, New Kids on the Block, Menudo, Aerosmith, Bangles, Bon Jovi, U2, LL Cool J, ZZ Top, Band Aid & Live Aid, "We are the world" - Friendship pins, Moonwalk, break dancing, "Walk like an Egyptian" and soc hops (in jr high/high school) - Big hair, big (red) glasses, jelly shoes/bracelets, pegged pants, stone washed denim, denim mini shirts, stirrup pants, "jams," slim/husky jeans, sweat bands, pulling your sweats up to your knees, turning your collar up, leg warmers, banana clips, crimped hair, mullets, having a tail, mohawks, wearing a comb in your back pocket to "feather" your hair - Nike, Reebok, Keds, Tretorn, hi top tennis shoes, pump up shoes, and pumps - Lee, Wrangler, Calvin Klein, Benetton and Guess jeans - Photos of missing children on milk cartons - Chalk boards (cleaning the erasers & washing the board), themed metal lunchboxes - Full-service gas stations, choosing between leaded or unleaded gas, no air conditioning in the car (or in our house), riding in our station wagon - Penny candy, pretzel rods in a canister at the convenience store, candy cigarettes, Bonkers candy, glass bottles of pop, paper bags were the only option in the grocery stores and someone bagged and took your groceries out to the car - Steelers superbowls, when the Pirates were good - "Gag me with a spoon" "Where's the beef?" "Don't have a cow man" "Cool beans" Now, it's your turn... ...Be careful, cause "The rhythm is gonna get you"

5 comments:

Joni&Ron said...

SLAP BRACELETS! :) Ghost Busters, CHEAP Disney tickets for a family of 12, reenacting EVERY event we did, Revenge of the Nerds, tight jeans and baggy shirts, teased hair, tie-die shirts, a cable box you had to push the buttons on (that only had 4 buttons), tv's with a turn dial (no remotes)...

I'd sit here all night naming things...and tell Mike he's wrong, I remember them all!!!

oh and, you comments still come up in a new window...mine, mike's, and Julie's all go to a new page...

Jen said...

What are slap bracelets? Yeah, I should have remembered the no remotes and cable boxes. Also, actually "dialing" a phone number. And of course, no internet, no cell phones and no email.

I think I fixed the pop-up boxes on the comments.

Joni&Ron said...

yes you did...and slap bracelets? maybe those were the early 90's...i thought they were 80's...look 'em up!


the sad thing.....most of the clothing and things mentioned are BACK in style! they were bad enough the first time around!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You guys must have watched a lot of tv. I don't remember cable boxes with 4 buttons!! mom

Julie said...

I remember the cable boxes too - didn't we only use it for the Disney channel though?? I don't remember details... also having a hard time remembering extra things to that list! I loved listening to records as a kid though - laying in front of the record player looking at the Magic Machine lyrics. Bonkers reminded me of Grandma! :)