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    unfortunately, being born in 1983, i was a generation too late to live the 80's. if you guys wouldn't mind tellin some stories, i'd love to hear them. ya know. what crazy stuff did you do for fun, what slang you used(bitchin, killer, etc), umm, how ya dressed.... what it was like to be a high school kid back in the 80's in general. thanks!
    also, what are some movies i could rent to see what it was like to be a teenager in the 80's?

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    Fast times at Ridgemont High sums it up completely bro. Rent that and your good to go. There was a cool thread a while back on this, I'll see if I can dig it up.

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    The early 80's were awesome ....all I can say right now is...
    Van Fucking Halen!!!!
    I'll try to remember more soon...

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    These were the best years! Especially for music! Rap was nothing but an inner city thing. Rock music ruled the charts and the air waves. MTV was nothing but music videos, and every Friday night were "Friday Night Video Fights" where you would vote in for what video was the best. ( "Jump" was like the champ for months.)

    Television shows were great! Where NBC has "The must see tv night", the 1980's had three networks with many nights of great shows. In fact, besides battling in the ratings, the networks would have "Battle of the Network Stars", where actors and actresses from different shows would team up with one another to challenge actors and actresses from other networks. They would compete in an obstacle course, relay race, and tug or war.

    Saturday mornings offered the best cartoons and kid shows. Your weekend was ruined if you did not wake up before 9am every Saturday. Atari was the big video game system, later topped by Colleco-Vision. Video arcades were huge! You would run to play Tempest, Pac Man, Centipede, or Zoo Keeper for 25 Cents. Kids were not obsessed with the internet and video games as much as they were with GI Joe and Star Wars figures. The Walkman and CD were just invented, and getting together with friends did not involve email, beepers, or cell phones.

    I love the 1980's!

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    Good = Van HALEN

    Bad = Reagan

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by FORD:
    Good = Van HALEN

    Bad = Reagan

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    You have to admit one thing though: even with his disease, he'd make a better president than *choke* Clinton(or a George Carlin calls him, Clittin')

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    I'll give you my take on the 80's. The tv show Cheers was big and it was also the end of MASH. There was a show called That's Incredible which was kind of like a Ripley's Believe it or Not. Girls wore stretch pants with or without stirrups and had really really big hair nad wore bright colored shirts, like fluorescent yellow etc. The guys wore Reebok sneakers with tight jeans and the tongue of the sneaker always stuck out(sounds stupid doesn't it??)Flannel shirts were big too and Heavy Metal was in really big. The mullet was pretty popular too with the fellas. Anybody remember the preppies?? They were usually the soccer players or field hockey people around my way. Kids didn't bring guns to school to kill someone if they were made fun of... we had a weapon called our... fists!! Can you actually believe that. People had more respect for one another back then too. If I remember anything else I'll post again.

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    I'm definitely a product of the 80s. I was a teenager then. Van Halen ruled the planet, America ruled the planet (far stronger than now), and Reagan was one bad-ass president!!

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    I was born in '73, so I experienced the 80's as an in-betweener. I was just old enough to appreciate everything "80's" and to have 'come of age' before the 90's.

    The music had GREAT variety--MTV was fresh, but not the sole factor in things. Music was usually fun, and much more mature than the kid stuff popular now. There wasn't as much 'gloom and doom' crap from 'artists' who depress you. The 80's had a BIG smile on its musical face.

    Television shows were MUCH more family-oriented. Instead of constantly trying to 'out-drama' the next hospital or crime show, they were warmer and funnier. There wasn't always a major social issue at stake; the people on tv were generally more 'normal' and light-hearted. You could actually grow up with TV families; the Keatons, the Cosbys, the Seavers, SAMANTHA MICELI was our dream girl...and still is for a lot of us.

    There were a lot more FUNNY movies, and movies that parents could let their kids go see without fear of hard core sex and violence. Action movies had a point; sci-fi had a plot. The special effects age hadn't completely taken over. As a boy, I wasn't as jaded as most kids are now; I was thrilled to see a pair of hooters once in a while. Now 10 year old kids are seeing XXX porn!

    I recall actually getting our first microwave. Atari was GOD. I had ROTARY phones! Even the evening news was happier-there wasn't always a sick child molester or serial rapist making headlines.

    My friends and I were not out to piss people off with our outrageous behavior...no tattoos, piercings, head shavings, or hair dye was ever seen. I had never even HEARD of heroin until I was 18; I never saw pot until I was 19. I believed in Nancy Reagan's JUST SAY NO campaign. Back then, the kids that did drugs were outcasts, not heroes. When we got cars, we did NOT have 2000 watt stereo systems with 8 subwoofers in the trunk. Kids lost their virginity usually around 16 or 17; now they're having 3-ways and orgies in 8th grade!!!

    We were all under the impression that Russia was always an imminent threat to our lives, which gave us a little national pride. Case in point: Rocky 4. VCR's were new. Tom Hanks was still really really funny.

    We were afraid to get in trouble in school cause we knew we'd get it 10 times worse at home. Nowadays, kids threaten their parents with criminal charges, lawsuits, blackmail, and weapons if they get punished. Kids did NOT go to schools with a truckload of weapons and kill people on a regular basis.

    Cigarettes were under a dollar. So was gasoline. HBO had good movies on. Saturday Night Live was worth watching every week. We said stupid words like 'radical' and 'grody'-and thought we were cool for doing it!

    People were not getting killed for their sneakers. Sports had mythical heroes; we went to see the same players year after year playing for the same teams! AND---we didn't know what their salaries were! We sought autographs for posterity, not profit.

    We did our math homework WITHOUT a calculator. (well, i AM a calculator ...anyhoooo) We used TYPEWRITERS and Wite-Out to type a composition. We had cartoons on after school and every Saturday morning to keep us occupied. We were allowed to celebrate Christmas in public; now the ACLU sues you for it. If the President was having an affair, we didn't hear about it.

    The phrase 'transistor radio' was still in use. Wood was cheap. We weren't being bombarded with talk about the ozone layer every 5 minutes. Second hand smoke was everywhere---and we LIVED THROUGH IT! We never even considered the possibility of the Internet. Very few kids had their own TV. We actually rode bikes for hours without giving it a second thought. Not all moms had driver's licenses, so we had to get around on our own more often. Many kids went RIGHT BACK to the schoolyard after school to play.

    There was no Jerry Springer, nor an audience for him.

    Madonna was almost porn. I can't prove it, but Paula Abdul's Cold Hearted video was the single most beat off to video on the air.

    I could go on for days. (well, actually i think i already did) I think most people look back on 'their' decade with the same ridiculous level of fondness. But the 80's had CHARACTER...something severely lacking today.

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    Mark, I share your situation. I was born in 1982.

    Just think, in 10 or 15 years, kids will be asking us to share stories about being in high school in the '90s. And we'll have to tell them how much it sucked!

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    Abe, I couldn't have said that any better!

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    I loved Paula Abdul!!

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    Man, I'm getting old..... MO.

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    Try these two movies: Risky Business and Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Two of my 80's favorites! MO.

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    Try these two movies: Risky Business and Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Two of my 80's favorites! MO.

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