Why Are You A Child Of The 80s?

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The 80s rocked! I was born in 83', so I do remember some of the 80s. I especially remember idolizing JEM and New Kids!:) I had the Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, She-Ra, Popples, Puff-a-lumps. I listened to cassestes. I had an Atari. The 80s were "radical!" I wish someone would bring them back, particularly Jem and the Holograms. Kids now adore Brittney Spears and Christina Aguilera and want to be them. Some role models they are. Bring back Jem who had morals and was the most glamorous rock star ever! And bring back the 80s!:)
From: Hilliary

Just like to say that people are writing in that are born in 1985/1986, saying they're children of the 80s, that the 80s was their era, that they miss it etc. If you were born that recently you would be too young to even remember the 80s! I was born in early '84 and I would definitely consider myself more a child of the 1990s, being too young during the 80s for it to really make an impression on me. I would consider people born in the mid-1970's to be children of the 80s. That way they were old enough to be at school during the era and therefore really get into the fashions, TV shows, music etc. Although I was technically a child in the 1980s, the 90s is definitely the era I would consider "mine". You can't miss the 80s if you were in pre-school when the decade finished!!
From: Sarah

I was born in '81. I am so glad that I found this site! Oh man, where to start? I would watch Goonies, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Nightmare on Elm St.(Freddy didn't scare me), Gremlins, Howard the Duck, Alien, Ferris Bullers Day Off, Pedator, just to name a few! I love when 98.5 plays 80's music on Friday! The music was just so much better in the 80's!!! The cartoons were the best! Captain Caveman, Snorks, My Little Pony, He-Man, and why did they take the Smurfs off the air? I loved to play Pac-Man. I didn't have an Atari, but I would always play Atari at my friends house. I wore biker shorts under my skirt, and crimpped my hair. I better stop now, but I could go on and on! Thanks for bringing back the memories!
From: Jordy

I have few memories of the Eighties, since I was born in '85. However, the things I do remember stand out more than any other year (sans September 11). I still have a Care Bear (though a little ragged), I remember watching He-Man, the Thundercats, and Jem. My sister and I rented the mini cartoon movies so often, my parents banned them from my house. I also remember never beating my mom at Pac-Man or Asteroids even though my sister could! Those memories outshine the ones of later years, because of the verve and joie de vive that was abundant in the Eighties, but lessened in the Nineties. Too bad I can't remember more!
From: missy

Good lord, where do I start? I was born in '79 so I was pretty young in the early part of the 80's. But I was around for "good times." Don't you wish you can go back to a period in your life where nothing mattered except catching the next episode of Thundercats or Voltron? Or seeing the Corey's in a new movie at the theatre, which might I add only cost about $2 back then? Not this $7.50 crap. I remember everything from back then, from what I watched or what I listened to.. now, when I look back on that... I believe I had pretty good taste. The music was probably the best thing to ever come of the 80s (70s) Like, Journey, Warrant, Ratt, Poison, GunsNRoses (ain't Axl pretty?) Jodeci, Motley Crue, Chicago (Ralph Macchio was definetely 'My Inspiration') Saturday mornings where actually worth getting up early for. All those great cartoons: Snorks, Getalong gang, all Hana Barbera cartoons, Charmkins, Pound Puppies... great! And the movies.. whoa let me tell you.. I think I have gone thru every box, hunted down every VHS that I had when I was growing up... Star Wars, "Go Grease lightin' your burning up the quarter mile"..., Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealers, My Little Pony, Herself the Elf, Rose Petals, St. Elmo's Fire, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles..ok so I'll sum it up..every single brat pack movie made. I have recently found the dvds for labryinth (had a crush on David Bowie in this one, don't know why now), The Dark Crystal, Willow, UHF, Secret of Nimh, Spaceballs, and my favorite thing to come out of the 80s ... THE GOONIES, c'mon..you knew you wanted to be one too!!!! "Oh look, it's Chunk!!! C'mon chunk, you gotta do the truffle shuffle before we let you in.. come on guys, I don't wanna... do it Chunk!!!!!" "Hey you guys!!!!!!!!" "Booty Traps!" That was great... I wish I could go back to the 80s so bad, I had not a care in the world. I just wanted to build jump ramps for my bike in the woods, climb trees, play four square or dodge ball, try to figure out how many licks it took to get to the center of the Tootsie Pop, learn the bill of rights from School House Rock (I catch myself sometimes singing, "Conjunction junction, what's your function?" sometimes, it's funny) watching Thundercats, GI Joe, He-Man, She-Ra, Snorks, and Berenstein Bears. Playing Hi Ho Cheerio, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Battleship ... Simon Says, Tether Ball, do not pass go-do not collect 200 dollars, Sorry!, and many other board games. Atari was great!!! Asteroids, Centipede and Pac-Man!!! And yes, I did think we'd be on the moon in the year 2000. Or at least have flying cars or HOVER BOARDS! I wanted one of those so bad... I am a child of the 80s, I had big hair, and banana clips...Neon biker shorts and slouch socks, I did rolled my jeans and wore plaid...And I am PROUD!!!!!!
From: Shae

OH MY GOD YOU GUYS... You guys remember a lot of the things I do... but ya didn't mention some of the best. I still miss my Chic and Jordache jeans. They looked great with a striped polo shirt and those sunglasses that looked more like a headband than glasses. The jelly bracelets up to my elbow on one arm and those pink plastic charm bracelets with roller skates, animal, and letter charms clipped to them were the perfect accessories to finish the outfit. After all, I had to look good when my Kindergarten boyfriend invited me to Showbiz (Chuck E. Cheese when they changed their name for those few years) or out to see a movie (Star Wars, E.T. - do you remember Cloak and Dagger? How about Flight of the Navigator? still one of my faves), or over to his house to play with his Ewok tree - which I STILL am jealous of. It's a good thing I didn't get those beautiful clothes dirty while I was sliding across the hood of mom's old car and jumping through the window like Bo and Luke or climbing a tree (do kids even do that anymore?) I still like to bring out the old slot car track and have a good race. I even like that better than the penny racers or key cars (my fave was the Knight Rider 'Kit' key car... just don't put them next to your hair when you squeeze that key, or you could be in for trouble.) All in all, it was a great time and I - like most of you - wish I could go back and do it all over again...
From: amy

By Steve Hofstetter November 17, 2002 There's an e-mail that most of you have seen a hundred times that explains what it means to be a child of the 80s. And while it is clever and well-written (the original one, at least), it does not apply to anyone my age. See, we are not children of the 80s. We are children desperately trying to remember the 80s. We look back on Voltron fondly, though we don't recall it well enough to realize that it was just an animated version of the Power Rangers, created by the same entertainment company. We hold fast to the life lessons we learned from Punky Brewster even though we can't really remember the plot of any episode. And we constantly quote Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller and Princess Bride despite not having been old enough to see any of them in the theatre and those movies having all come out in 1985 or later. A child of the 80s needs to have lived through the entire decade, which anyone younger than 23 didn't do. But since most of us don't remember much before kindergarten, I'm going to up that age to 27 and say that anyone younger than that who associates themselves with growing up in the 80s is a big faker. I don't remember listening to Toto, other than seeing them recently on a commercial for hits of the 80s. Very few of my female friends owned leg warmers, and those that did got them as hand-me-downs from their older sisters. And though I watched Knight Rider and A-Team and Dukes of Hazzard, all were after they stopped making new episodes. Because when those shows aired originally, I was in bed before prime time. Who shot J.R.? I have no idea, because I was two at the time. What was I doing during the fight for the Falkland Islands? Teething. And to me, Corbin Bernsen is not a vain lawyer from Los Angeles, rather Billy Dorn, a veteran third baseman with the Cleveland Indians. I first saw Major League in 1992. That's right around when I grew up. For someone my age (23, for those not keeping track) to claim that they grew up in the 80s is like a kid from Long Island saying he's from New York City. Sure, he was raised close to New York City. His fondest childhood memories might have even happened in New York City. But the differences between the Long Island Railroad and the subway are almost as big as the differences between Madonna and, well, Madonna. I was technically born in the seventies, having a birthday in the last few months of 1979. But I still don't pretend to know what was going on around me until 1986. That's when my Mets won the World Series, and I was just old enough to understand that it was cool. But watching a few baseball games was all the pop culture I had. Most current freshmen in college were born in 1984 (gasp!), making them six when the decade changed. And the 80s, pop-culturally, really stopped around 1988. 1989 was just a transitional year, featuring things like C&C Music Factory - not exactly Boy George. Think of a four-year-old that you know. Are they watching movies and buying their own clothes and going to concerts and developing an acute sense of pop culture? No. They are playing on swings and coloring outside the lines and wearing whatever their parents give them and learning how to read, just like we were. And hopefully when they grow up, these kids will not pretend to be children of the nineties, having lived there for just two years. Yes, I loved Thundercats. I had a passion for the Back to the Future series. And I was a whiz with a snap bracelet. But this does not make me a child of the 80s. This makes me a child of the late 80s and early 90s. I once met someone who told me they were from New York, and I asked them what part. They replied, "Greenwich." They didn't mean Greenwich Village - rather Greenwich, Connecticut which is "just a half hour outside the city." But there's no ignoring that it's in a different state. Much like the state anyone my age was in when anything resembling the 80s actually happened. Maybe it's easy for me to criticize Connecticut Yankees who pretend they're New York Yankees because I grew up in Queens. But if my story were different, I wouldn't lie about where I was from - I'd be proud of my heritage, whatever it was. Even Jersey. So cast off Family Ties in favor of Saved By the Bell. Forget Atari, we had Nintendo. And Rambo? Well, everyone had Rambo because they made way too many of those movies. But you get my point. We are not children of the 80s. And it's about damn time we admitted it. Right after I forward that e-mail, of course.
From: steve

Oh my god I think I have found my home away from home. I was born in 1973 so I spent most of my youth in the 80's. Hey do you remember pegging your jeans? I would spend hours trying to get it just right. And what about the friendship braclets that you made while on the bus with DMC Floss. And the Friendship Pins that adorned everyone's Ked's. And my friend's and I had a secret code for writing letters to each other. I still have that master somewhere. The best was the music. I went to endless concerts then. My very first concert was Duran Duran, I think I was 12. I was so in love is John Nigel Taylor. So much so that when I got older I even bough a bass guitar and I wanted to name my first born son Nigel. Then it started the Metal of the 80's. Talk about the best stuff in the world. Def Leppard, Metallica, Scorpions, Bon Jovi, & Twisted Sister. Ooo and the Bestie Boys. I also loved the pop music like Cindi Lauper, Eurythmics, Kajagoogoo, Boy George, & the Stray Cats. I also loved the Brat Pack and their movies. Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, St. Elmo's Fire, & the Breakfast Club. I used to go rollar skating every weekend with my friends. I think my first kiss was at that rink. We use to constantly chew Bubblicious Bubble Gum in flavors like Blueberry that was birght blue and huge. You only chewed half a piece. And the posters all over your room of the latest stars. And Teen Beat magazine. I really miss the 80's. I used to watch MTV so much that I could name the video by the first three notes and I still can with 80's music. I still buy the collections of 80's music and drive my husband crazy listening to it. I love the TV shows of that time too. My favorite was Growing Pains. I loved Kirk Cameron. I go on and on. I just love the 80's. Can't we bring them back?
From: Bernice

You know you belong in the 80's when if your wardrobe was leather jacket heavy on the patches. Jean jacket that the arms were violently removed to leave the scarred denim strands dangling down over you leather. All combined your jacket/vest/chains had to weigh at least 10 lbs. Stud collars, and chains, were on you not the dog. Your belt did not hold your jeans up in a matter of fact the belt was body accessories that had to go around you at least twice and your leg once, and hairspray and perms were part of your clothes not makeup. All your music had rythmic swaying and we are all now hard of hearing from the decibel damage. We are the 80's babies, we did not stand for nothing as we all have been told with the Gen X phase. We stood for the time in our lives and in our world things made sense. So if you feel like the 80's is someting you have to enjoy in the quiet of your house DON'T! Get out there and make a statement and show 'em all what we were.
From: Tina

I would dream about being the Little Mermaid, sing along to Jem and the Holigrams, and badmintion birds had real feathers. Strawberry Shortcake was the bomb and I loved the song Walk Like An Egyptian. Popsicles where everywhere. I loved the 80's.
From: Lia Marie Beauchamp

I am such a child from the 80's. I loved watching all the Mickey Mouse Club and Kids Incorporated. I also watched a show called Zooballyzoo. Does anyone remember that show? I miss all those shows what happened to good clean kids shows like that now it's all fight,fight,fight!!!
From: Danyel

Sorry to all of you who were born in the 80's!! For those of us who were born in the 70's that's when you can say you have LIVED in the 80's....I was born in '74 and really lived in the 80's!! I remember all the kids stuff and love them too..I am sitting here with my 2 year old daughter who is watching a Cabbage Patch Kid movie, and well I miss those days like you would not believe!! You are all correct it was a totally different life. It makes me want to cry to think of what my daughter's teen years will be compared to mine. Back then we did not want to get high..all we wanted to do was roller skate on a Friday night..most of us did not get in fights, that was the time that you still feared your parents and respected what you were told by your teachers and adults. We did not swear like they do now..do you remember spaz, nerd, quif!! That was as bad as most of us got. Cocky kids of the 90's are a real shame. EVERYONE who grew up in the 70's and 80's start teaching and raising your kids like we were raised...respect gets you a lot farther in life than being rude and cocky!! Strawberry Shortcake, Care Bears, Minipops etc...make sure they live on!!! We are all very lucky to say we WERE 80's kids remember that!!!
From: beanie

Dear fellow 80's children, first of all I would like to say what a great idea this page is. When I found the page it brought a massive grin to my emotionless face. The 80's was the best decade ever and what I would give to witness all the memories of my childhood from an adult's point of view. Watching all the 80's cartoons recently just isn't as good as watching them when I was younger because I had the power of my imagination which would run wild. Just everything about the 80's ruled, the films had cheesy one liners that just wouldn't be accepted nowadays and the violence would be unacceptable. The toys left things to your imagination and the music was feel good. I always want to go back to the 80's and I would love to have a flying Delorian and travel back in time with Marty Mcfly and Doc Emmet Brown and relive the 80's.
From: lewy hand

I was born in 1986. My parents were absolutely cool. They weren't married, had me at 21, and were grunge/punk rocker people...I kind of remember growing up in this influence. Since 1994 (Kurt Cobain's MURDER) the world sucks. The 80's were the best time period in history. Reasons why since 1994 sucked: 1)the 80's truly died 2)Kurt Cobain murdered (Nirvana break-up) 3) Music started sucking 4)too many gays 5) dress styles suck 6) people's opinions and attitudes suck 7) no one is cool anymore 8)rap is considered cool 9) no one is original 10) nowhere near the 70's (which was also awesome) 11) movies aren't as funny 12) celebs aren't as cool (if at all) 13) cartoons suck 14) classic video games owned new ones 15)everyone doesn't eat take out all the time 16) no more hippies (there were some left) 17) no punks 18) no more cool hair 19) no more cool toys 20) carefree Aids contact 21) I am still living this god foresaken nightmare 22) my parents seperated with my mom becoming a confromative souless person and my dad becoming a hardcore athiest. Conclusion: drugs and alcohol. To be honest I know just about no one is going to read this, but if anyone does, know this, the good times have died and that's the harsh reality of it. The 80's were a fun time and I would give anything to live then instead of now.
From: Gian

Technically I am a child of the 80's, but I was born in the late 80's. (1987) Although I didn't get to live through that decade, I still love the music and and TV shows. A few of my fave songs include: Every Breath You Take, Broken Wings, Kung-Fu Fighting, songs by The Police and Sting. My fave TV show is THE A-TEAM. I think I've seen every one!
From: Jennifer

I feel old because they brought back the Care Bears and Strawberry Shortcake. My 6 year old daughter said, "Oh, those are old antique toys. Were those cool for you to play with mom?"
From: melinda

I was born on 4-1-1966 growing up in the retarded years of the 1970's as a kid was a nightmare musicaly speaking. 1981 was the start of my high school life, that's when I discovered heavy metal music 80's metal, MTV cartoons like Voltron, He-Man, Friday the 13th Jason the hockey mask killer. I will never forget about the 80's. I was a child of the 1980's. Looking back now at the age of 37 growing up as a teenager in the 1980's I will never forget.
From: Troy Skillman

Hey everyone! My name is Jennifer and I too am an 80's child! I was born October 29, 1978 and the 80's were a great time filled with lots of childhood memories. Some of these are Glo-Worms, Popples, Gummie Bears, My Lil' Ponies, Care Bears *the original ones*, Strawberry Shortcake, Transformers, Astro Boy, The Friendly Giant, Mr. Dressup, NKOTB, Jem and the Hollograms, HeMaN, She-Ra, GiJoe, Light Bright, The Wuzzles, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Star Wars, ET, Pretty In Pink, Can't Buy Me Love, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, ABC After School Specials, Silver Spoons, My Two Dads, The A Team, Punky Brewster, Pee Wee's Playhouse, Teen Wolf, Who's The Boss?, Michael Jackson and the Weird Al Yankovic spoof songs, Madonna, slap on braclets, Hyper Color t-shirts, Varnet, slouch socks, "wall bangs", crimped hair, anything neon and anything worn in layers, leg warmers *i still have mine if you can believe it*, those healthy food choices commercials they used to play on Saturday morning between cartoons, me and my friends lip singing to The Bangles and to Debbie Gibson, the early Beastie Boys album and singing to the tunes on Bon Jovi's "Slippery When Wet" album! Cabbage patch kids, the Getalong Gang....omigosh the list is endless! All I have left to say is that the 80's were the best time to grow up! TV was so much more fun and it seemed as though things back then were easier and less worries. Maybe it's because I was a kid then and a little naive. I dunno though, kids today seem to have it so much harder. Growing up too fast and having role models like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera......with that said I wouldn't give up being an 80's child for the world! HopE i cOuld bRinG bAck sOme fOnd meMoriEs fOR thOse whO rEad this~! I knoW thiS siTe brOugHt loTs of thEm for me~! (:*)
From: *~JeNnIe~*

At least we can use today's technology to make t-shirt transfers to celebrate the outrageous 80's. My call to everyone out there is to pick what you loved the most and make your own t-shirts with a t-shirt transfer pack/computer/printer. I am making Jem and the Holograms, Snorks, Mya the bee, and Thundercats. T-shirts for all my mates! I may be 29 now but the 80's will live on, by crikey!! I will not let them die.
From: carrie

Oh, and if anyone out there knows where on earth I could get hold of a pair or 2 of jellies, please let me know!!!
From: carrie

This is one page of many, check out the intro at Child of the 80s where you can add your own memories as well.