Why Are You A Child Of The 80s?

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Wow, where to begin. Being born in 1979 the first things I remember were from the 80s. Don't leave your Chipmunk's records in direct sunlight. If you do, take the big dictionary your parents used to play Scrabble and put it on top for a few days. Playing board games like Monopoly and Life, Clue, Connect Four, Operation, and Battleship. Spending agonizing hours trying to beat the last guy in Karateka only to get killed because you ran instead of walked up to the Princess. Playing games in the Arcade was a treat because they looked and played SO much better. Playing Star Wars on your Atari 5200. Or Raiders of the Lost Ark on the 2600 (and wondering what in the heck that game had to do with the movie). Speaking of movies, watching Return of the Jedi. Waiting eagerly for the Star Wars movies to come on that new channel HBO and have your Dad tape them on BETAMAX. Remembering why Beta was so much better than VHS! Being really sad when Goose died in Top Gun, then really uncomfortable when Tom Cruise made out with Kelly McGillis, wishing he would get back in the darn plane already (hey I was young). Or TV Shows. He Man, Inspector Gadget, Gi Joe, Transformers, The Snorks, the Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Knight Rider, The Greatest American Hero, The Dukes of Hazard, those crazy new Music Videos on MTV. Having Sweet Dreams to the Eurythmics or being Blinded by Science by Thomas Dolby. Grandmaster Flash gave me the Message in the early days of Yo MTV Raps and Run D.M.C. made me want some Adidas. The Fresh Prince confirmed that Parents Just Don't Understand. Snickering at the kids in 5th grade who lost their voice at yesterdays New Kids on the Block concert. NASH Skateboards! GOTCHA! Paint Guns you wish your parents would buy for you. Knowing why it is so imperative to NOT say "I don't know" on You Can't Do that on Television. Being upset when NFL games ran through when Punky Brewster should be on. Dressing up your Cabbage Patch doll for Halloween. An era where movie theatres still played different movies from one another. Wondering why your parents thought they should "buy American" and getting really upset when Dad traded in the Volkswagon Rabbit on a Chevy station wagon. I think I could go on forever.
From: Dave

All of your comments are hilarious and, having been born in 1980, take me back. Granted, I was a little young to remember everything, I definitely remember some things. I'm not sure if all of these things were in the 80s or early 90s...they all blend together. I remember having the Esprit bag with the big pocket on the front that was so huge your little sister could fit into it. Making your Popples toy roll its head into its butt, drinking Clear Pepsi (only once because after that it was nasty), my mom yelling at me for ripping a hole in my Girbaud jeans. Getting a Magic Nursery Baby in hopes that when you took off the hat the doll would be a girl and the little packet of clothes you dissolved in water would reveal that you were the proud parent of twins...or even triplets. I remember doing people's fortunes and their 3 car choices would be "Ferrari, Corvette and Limo" and everyone wanted to live in a mansion. Either that or the fortune tellers you'd fold up like origami and have people pick colors and numbers to reveal that "You will have a boyfriend soon." I remember getting a baby-powder scented Cabbage Patch doll named Carabonnie (you didn't even have to name your own dolls in the 80s) and dressing up my Ice Capades Barbie to drive in her silver Corvette to work at the Barbie McDonald's. I watched Full House and loved DJ Tanner because we both had the PillowPeople guy that looked like a window. I watched the after school specials and the Disney Afternoon with Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck and Gummy Bears until it added Tail Spin. I didn't have cable so whenever I'd go to my cousin's house we'd watch Nickelodeon non-stop and she would get mad at us because she wanted to go out and play Pogo Ball or make flavored ice with the Snoopy SnoCone Maker. Remember Shrinky Dinks? I had the She-Ra Princess of Power ones...made 150 keychains the size of a penny. Now when I walk the aisles of the big stores it seems like everything has returned with a different look and ugly faces. I think the toy companies have a bunch of files they just rotate and every 20 years an oldie but goodie returns. Lite Brites, View Masters...the good old days.
From: Popples169

I think 80's can be regarded as the gilded age. People are perfect in appereance but minds are not as clear and perfect as appereance. Don't you think so?
From: murat

I was born in 1989, but I'm doing a project on the decades from the 50's to the 80's. I got lucky and chose the '80s. I LOVE THE 80'S. YOU GUYS ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVE LIVED THROUGH IT!!! You had a cool president, Ronald Reagan while we George W. but I have to say...the fashion wasn't all that grand. I hated the spandex, teased hair, neon clothes...yadda yadda crap* so like rock on!
From: Ga-Jen Lin

OKAY, this might be a long read so if you are short on time or have other things to do then you might want to skip this one. But for the rest of you, here goes. I was born on July 11, 1969, approximately two weeks before man landed on the moon (BOY DO I FEEL ANCIENT!!). Well, let me tell you, the 70's stunk. It stunk worse than my dad's toe cheese! If it hadn't been for the Six Million Dollar Man, it would've been declared a national disaster decade. Polyester leisure suits, bell-bottoms, and goofy sideburns? Gimme a break! In the 80's men's hair was shorter, cleaner, and with the sideburns shaved "straight across." I still keep it that way today. It gave rise to Pac-Man, Q-bert, Galaga, and Donkey Kong. I had to admit I was a video junkie. It cost me my seventh grade- I had to repeat it! But it wasn't until the mid-80's when I started to wise-up a bit. I remember watching the Cosby Show (the episodes BEFORE Bill Cosby danced like an epileptic!), Family Ties, Valerie, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, the A-Team, and The Fall Guy!! These shows had real action even if the special effects were a little corny by our standards today. Then came the movies- Back To The Future, Indiana Jones, The Karate Kid, even Howard The Duck!! Any movie with Michael J. Fox ruled! Music, simple! I loved Men At Work, Men Without Hats, Simple Minds, heck I even loved Spandau Ballet! I forgot to mention Duran Duran- great music but the lyrics were a little bizzare- "The reflex is a lonely child whose waiting by the park." "I'm dancing on the Valentine." What the heck does THAT mean???? I didn't care, I liked the music. Whatever was IN in the 70's was OUT in the 80's, which was why I loved the 80's. In the 70's you had wide ties. In the 80's they were thin (extremely thin!). In the 70's you had bell-bottoms. In the 80's you had tapered pants. In the 70's you had long sweeping sideburns. In the 80's you had shaved sideburns. In the 70's you had long hair. In the 80's you had short hair (the preppy look). The 80's had the best president who ever lived, Ronald Reagan. Call me a Conservajunkie but it's true. The 80's was the most industrious period in our post-World War II society. Reagan improved our defenses and wasn't afraid to take on the Soviet Union. All the libbies thought that WWIII would happen under his watch- WRONG-0!! Just like many of the Libbies today who thought that hundreds of thousands of Iraqi citizens would die from the bombing. Containment didn't work. Appeasement didn't work. Removing him from power worked. But enought of that. Let's get back to the 80's. I thought that 80's would've lasted forever, at least the styles and fashion. BOY WAS I WRONG!! The 90's stunk! I don't think my point came across strong enough- IT STUNK! IT STUNK! IT STUNK! Clinton was a joke. The military was demoralized. The music was nothing more than acoustical guitars and bongo drums. Who would've thought in the 80's that the music of the 21st century would be a couple of tin cans, rubberbands, and wooden spoons?? The music was a disappointment. I kept my Kajagoogoo CD's and flipped off the radio. I loved the female vocals of the 80's from the Bangles, Pat Benatar, and Amy Grant. Now all I hear on the radio (when I'm in someone else's house or car) is Alanis Morisette. This woman CANNOT sing! Her voice sounds like she's been gargling with old razor blades. Even Shakira's voice sounds like etched glass! The 80's were about good times, laughter, and fun. The 90's were too political, leftist, backward. The music sounded like 90 A.D. Please excuse any type-os you might have encountered. It's not that I can't spell, it's just that I'm way past my bed-time. Mommy might get upset.
From: 80's Ed

I think I'm too young to be a child of the 80's (89), but since my brother and sister were definitely children of the 80's, I still got to see some of it. I remember staying home with my mom and watching Under the Treehouse Umbrella, My Little Pony, Gummi Bears, The Muppets, the latest Disney movie, Ninja Turtles, Fraggle Rock, Ghostbusters, and I think you get the picture. My sister owned just about all of the My Little Pony dolls and I always wanted to play with those, I wanted to pretend I was Iggy from Under the Treehouse Umbrella. My brother had G.I. Joes, Ninja Turtles and Legos galore. I also remember shows like Alf and that one with Erkel. And the MUSIC! I think it all continued into the early 90's a little. I wasn't old enough to be at school and see the funky hairdos etc., but my sister wore those strange FLUORESCENT neon colored clothes and she had scrunchies and wore side ponytails. Definitely a fun decade for a kid! But, since I TECHNICALLY am a child of the 90's, I must stand up for my decade...we're not all about listening to Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears, copying 70's styles and doing drugs, we just have different ways of expressing ourselves. Not all of us do drugs (most don't). It's not really our fault that we are forced to lose our childhood earlier and earlier. There are world problems galore and people are imposing more and more crap on us (like drugs and (scary) music (with lyrics that are pretty frightening *COUGH* Eminem *COUGH*) etc.). More and more is expected out of you at school. College is intimidating! This is definitely not an easy decade to grow up in. We must be troubled people, huh?
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From: milhaila cheva

I'm a child of the eighties 'cause... My favorite bands are Guns N' Roses, AC/DC & U2. My favorite movies are Ferris Bueller's Day Off & Back to the Future. I am wearing jeans for all occasions. My girlfriend is wearing leggings around the house and I really like that!!! I've owned a Fiero. I've hated the 90's and I'm glad they're over! My favorite late movie is The Wedding Singer. My favorite actor is still Michael J. Fox.
From: Ben Williams

I enjoy reading this page about being an eighties child having been one myself. The things I remember however may not be the ones other's remember. On Saturday's I watched My Little Ponies, Glow worms, the Muppet Babies, Popples and Rainbow Bright. The movies I loved were The Garbage Pail Kids and Pippy Longstocking. TV shows that rocked: the Facts of Life, Head of the Class. Music: Bangles. Styles: Big earrings, hair that was teased.
From: Teri

I was born right in the middle of the 80's so I missed quite alot..but hey I make up for it now :) I'm convinced the 80's was the best decade, I mean we had the movie Labyrinth, not to mention Police Acedemy, the Goonies and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!!! People still make fun of me cuz I'm listening to Billy Idol and bascially every hairband to this day.
From: Sandra

You might be a child of the 80's if you ever wanted to be the Last Unicorn and force the Red Bull back into the sea!
From: Michelle

1980 presidential campaign. Reagan was elected, my first year of kindergarten. Mondale/Ferraro 1984. Challenger disaster - I was at home from school - fell down icy steps and hurt my leg on the way. I remember Saturday Night Live with Jane Curtin, Jon Belushi, Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd. Later, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Phil Hartman. Sit n spins. Pink jumpropes. Playing jacks. Sniffing all of the Strawberry Shortcake Dolls, adoring my pink and red Strawberry Shortcake watch. (Later I had Swatches.) Avon bath products, a giraffe bath scrubby and lip gloss that looked like crayons but smelled like food. Waking up so early Saturday mornings to eat Rice Krispies and watch the station ID screen turn into The Smurfs, The Chipmunks, the ABC Saturday morning movie, that cartoon guy that went swimming in a cartoon stomach and sang "don't drown your food." Slim Goodbody. Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Captain Kangaroo in his silly barn-red suit. The electric company - hey yooou guyyyys! (very young and skinny Morgan Freeman!) You Can't Do that on Television - Kevin was cute! Later Alastair was. Oy, Dukes of Hazzard, Fantasy Island, The Loooove Boat, Knight Rider, Solid Gold, Puttin on the Hits, Dance Fever with Denny Terrio, Happy Days, Alice, Silver Spoons, Punky Brewster, Mr. Belvedere, Charles in Charge, The Cosby Show, Night Court, Family Ties. How horrifying to group all of those together. A decade of such music - always having "dance contests." Waking up to Angel of the Morning. Eye of the Tiger. You Light Up My Life. Total Eclipse of the Heart. Fame. Grease. You Can't Hurry Love, Phil Collins remake. Journey. Hungry Like the Wolf. The Gambler. I am the Warrior. 99 Red Balloons. Billie Jean. Thriller, the movie video. Born in the USA. Luckenbach, Texas. Friday Night Videos. Ghostbusters. Purple Rain. Jungle Love, Morris Day & the Time. Burning Down the House. U2! (Pride) In the Name of Love. Material Girl. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. (Goonies R Us!) Thompson Twins, Howard Jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood. George Michael. Boy George. Heart. Let's Go All the Way. The Promise, When in Rome. The Smiths/Morrissey. She Drives Me Crazy, FYC. The Cure! Just Like Heaven. Guns N Roses-Sweet Child of Mine. Send me an Angel. Toy Soldiers (Martika). Tears for Fears. Psychedelic Furs. Don't You Forget About Me. Movies! John Hughes, James Cameron, George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, Tobe Hooper, Joel Schumacher ruled the decade. Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller, Star Wars Trilogy, Indiana Jones Trilogy, Superman I and II, ET, Poltergeist. The Coreys. Sleepovers to watch Valley Girl. Nightmare on Elm Street. Friday the 13th. Creepshow. Karate Kid. Stand by Me. Heathers. All this TV and somehow I still played outside all day in the summertime, and also read a zillion books. Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Paul Zindel. Bridge to Tarabithia. Trumpet of the Swan. Charlottes Web. Where the Red Fern Grows. All wonderfully sad. Also the less dramatic series - Sweet Valley High! The Babysitters Club. Anastasia Krupnik. Encyclopedia Brown. Nancy Drew. Three Minute Mysteries. Later, VC Andrews. Stephen King. John Irving. Anne Tyler. Another juxtaposed grouping. Giant bangs, wave perms, and gaudy makeup. Huge earrings. Garanimals. Jams. Izod. Baggy Lee jeans with red pinstripes. Upturned collars. Members Only Jackets, eeg. White Nikes with the red checkmark along the side. OP. The layered look. Bra-snapping. Drop-waist tank top dresses. Aqua and pink. Guess overalls. Oversized shirts and leggings. Huge sunglasses. Preposterous shoulder pads. Underwear on the outside. Armsful of bracelets. Stickerbooks. Slam books. Clubs. Arcade games. Sit-down Frogger. Q-bert. Wine Coolers. I think I need one now...
From: Chantal McCabe

I was born in 1987, so I didn't get to enjoy the 80's as much as I wish I could have! But the good thing is that it is coming back!!! My friends and I are making a movie and there is going to be a scene about us dressed in all 80's fashion! But it is really hard to find web sites that show the authentic 80's! I really remember always having the televion show "Cheers" on! That was my parents favourite show! (Who knows!!)
From: kristal

Not sure why I liked the 80's so much. I was a virgin the entire decade, but for some reason I will always think of the 80's as the best time of my life. I so enjoyed reading the other comments on this page. It seems I have a simular experience or memory for each. Something I didn't see anyone mention was Night Tracks. Night Tracks was nonstop music videos Fridays and Saturdays on TBS. Good job on the site!
From: Don

I remember thinking Boy George was just "creative" and Cyndi Lauper was the greatest! I even wore the multi-colored eyeshadow lines and dyed my hair bright orange with a checkerboard pattern in the side! I went to dances wearing a red skirt with a black lace skirt under it! I wore the pointy toe boots that laced up and a tank top and lots and lots of bracelets and beads! I even had the fingerless lace gloves. On cold days I wore the oversized sweater and peg leg pants. I had a pair of bangle earrings (hoops) that were also big enough to wear as bracelets! To "workout" (Ala' Jennifer Beals) I wore the ripped over-sized sweat shirt, shiney leggings and leg warmers (I had them in every color!). I think I had a pair of Keds too. I watched anything that had Molly Ringwald in it and dyed my hair every shade of red. I tried to learn all the steps to every dance scene in Flashdance and Footloose! I thought the Breakfast Club was deep and rooted for Ducky in Pretty In Pink. Actually now that I look back I think I was a female version of Ducky! Weird...but in a cute way! And completely misunderstood!
From: Brenda Rose

Having been born in '76 my fondest memories are from that care free childhood in the 80's. I remember my dad being stationed in Guam during the 80's and over there the Jets were the hottest thing, along with Menudo when Ricky Martin was still a boy! How about Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, Wilson Phillips, the dreaded New Kids on the Block. I also played with GI Joes, Transformers, had a slap bracelet, skate boarded, loved Hulk Hogan. I was also a fashion victim of the Parachute pants, and Vanilla Ice hairdo. Who can forget the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie? Followed by the Garbage Pail Kids movie. How about the Arcade, back when all games were .25 cents, and pinball was still in. I must say I miss those days of a care free, play in the streets till the lights came on kinda days. I also remember being told not to drink other people's soda's in fear of catching Aids.
From: Matthew

I am 24 years old born in 1979. The 80's were the best and the music and especially the toys rocked! My dad always had those 45 speed single records and played them all the time. My favortie toys were Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake & Friends, My Little Pony, Rainbow Brite, Pound Puppies, Cabbage Patch dolls, Garbage Pail Kids cards, Shirt tales, Smurfs, and much more. TV shows like, Give Me a Break, Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, Alice, A-team, Knight Rider. Movies like Dirty Dancing, Gremlins, Back To the Future, Teen Wolf, ET, ah I could go on forever. Everything seemed so great.. well except for the hair and clothes. LOL Well anyway the 80's ROCK!
From: Julia

I was born in 1990 but I know was meant to live in the 80's. I love everything about the 80's I should of lived then. I love the Care Bears, Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I love Converse All-Star Chucks and everything the 80's are awesome and I love the 80's.
From: Elisa

From: TONY

I was born in 1985. Being a child of the 80's, I remember a lot of things on Saturday morning TV and PBS that were KAPUT dead by 1992. I was born just before the end of the Atari era (I think the Atari era changed into the Nintendo era sometime in 1987), and I remember playing a lot of old Atari games. I remember old television sets that even though they weren't state of the art, were semi-new, they had two knobs. One for channels 2-13, and a U option on that first knob, and knob 2 when #1 was put on U would control all channels 14-125. And remote controls were VERY primitive back then. Another thing I remember is I liked to play on a keyboard similar to a Casio VL-Tone (cheap knockoff I bet). Another thing is most toys were not electronic, those that were could only do a couple things. I noticed another unmentioned thing is Mr. Yuk memorobilia and Crest Sparkle Kids (do they still do that?). I also remember CBS Saturday Morning Cartoons. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, one hour of Garfield, and there were a few others, I believe. Now, all they have is this tripe known as Nick Jr. I remember watching PBS as a kid and Sesame Street long before they ruined it by making it center around a bunch of Elmo clones (sad thing is, I used to LIKE Elmo when I was real little, now I can't stand him, mainly because he wasn't annoying in the 80's). I also remember psychedelic Sesame Street skits that they pulled around 1990. I think Barney came out in 1990 or 1991 (I believe 1991), and I remember watching Barney because nothing else was on (we didn't have cable when I was little), and the show at that age I would have ranked it par on a good day and I found a couple of the skits bordering on mildly annoying, I never bought any Barney compost, I mean MERCHANDISE, and never leaped up and down or sung along with the songs (that mindlessness is reserved for children of the 90's, with a few exceptions), it was basically just a timekiller. I'm sure alot of kids born from 82-86 who didn't have cable probably sat thru Barney. And days when I just wasn't in the mood for that tripe, I played my Atari 2600 or my Nintendo. Anyways, back to memories. I don't think good old 80's corporate ID's were mentioned. This one Viacom logo, a big silver V (not the flying V, this one came right after that one) would merge with the word VIACOM acompanied by this violent sounding lazer zap that scared the daylights out of me as a kid. Another thing I remember is Square One and I also remember 3-2-1 Contact. I think Square One was the math show that featured a 15 minute parody of Dragnet (which of course being a kid back in the 80's, I wouldn't have known) called Mathnet, featuring some guy and his female assistant Kate Monday. Anyone else remember that? Hey anyone else remember Johnny Carson on NBC? On a joke page they say that people born after 1979 probably wouldn't remember Johnny Carson, but on the contrary, I remember him quite well. Ok, I've basically written a book about my experiences in the 80's (I could go on). So I'll just leave it at this.
From: Matthew Villani

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