As we hurtle toward the end of another year, I thought it was timely to reflect on a simpler time.
A time when shops closed at lunchtime on a Saturday; when the term mouse was only used to describe a pint sized rodent; and video recorders represented a monumental technological development.
Yep, I’m talking about the 1980s. Or, in keeping with the 80s theme, should I say talkin’ as, in the 80s, we seemed to find the ‘g’ in ‘ing’ somewhat superfluous.
So, slip on your leg warmers, grab a can of TAB, and enjoy my top 8 favorite things from the 1980s …
SMOKING SECTIONS ON AIRPLANES
A somewhat illogical concept whereby smokers were able to light up in a designated section of the plane where an invisible barrier would obviously stop the smoke laden air from circulating around non smoking travellers.
This orange flavored drink mix was a staple in many homes throughout the mid 1980s. The latter versions of the product included an image of a juicy orange quarter on the label although I’m pretty sure that color photograph was the closest Tang ever came to real fruit.
SOLID GOLD DANCERS
Who can forget this metallic lycra clad dance troop who performed ‘interpretive’ dance routines to the top ten hits of the week on the television show ‘Solid Gold’ . This pioneering program screened every Sunday in my city and, strangely enough, no one thought the concept of random dance segments odd.
WHITE DOG POOP
There was a time when my neighbourhood was filled with white dog droppings. Before the progressive practice of bringing your own bag when taking Fido for a walk, sidewalks and parks were filled with the stuff and it was a chalky white …
ICEE AND SLUSH PUPPY
The forerunner to the now iconic Slurpee, Slush Puppies and Icees were the iced beverages of choice for my generation. The Slush Puppee had the adorable dog in a sweater mascot, while Icee cups featured a jovial polar bear. These brain freezing concoctions were available in a range of “fruit” flavors including the ever popular grape.
JUDY BLOOM BOOKS
Before Fifty Shades of Grey we had Judy Blume. Whilst by today’s standards her books would be considered pretty tame, her titles were considered risqué yet essential reading for any teenage girl of the 80s. Most scandalous of all was Forever featuring the “character” of Ralph …
NO TRANSMISSION SIGN
Hard to believe, but there was a time when television didn’t run 24 hours a day ! Cue the non transmission signs that flashed up on your screen, complemented by monotone muzak sure to entice you to flick the off switch.
Way before the IPod we had the Sony Walkman. Sure it was clunky and the sound wasn’t great, but we though we were quite progressive with our portable cassette players. The really cool kids had the waterproof yellow ones.
Have a fab weekend !
Images sourced via pinterest.com (which didn’t exist in the 80s)