WHEN YOU'RE LOST BETWEEN "BABY BOOMER" AND
1. You remember when Jordache jeans with a
flat-handle comb in the back pocket was cool.
2. Any photograph of you shows you wearing an
Izod shirt with the collar turned up.
3. You know any "Weird Al" Yankovic songs by heart.
4. You've ever rung someone's doorbell and said
"Landshark!" (ding dong ditch).
5. You were once bowled over by the
technological excellence of such
products as Atari, IntelliVision, TelStar and Coleco.
6. You remember the premier of MTV-or worse
yet, you remember its predecessor,
"Friday Night Videos."
7. You and your friends ever discussed
having a reunion at the end of the century and
playing Prince's "1999" until
you passed out partying.
8. A predominant color in your childhood
photos is plaid.
9. You remember when music that was labeled
"alternative" really was alternative, and when
"alternative comedy" was really funny.
10. You took family trips BEFORE the
invention of the minivan.
11.(Related to No. 10) You rode in the
back of the station wagon facing the cars
12. You've recently horrified yourself by
using any one of the following
phrases: "You know, back when...," "When
I was your age...," or "When I was younger..."
13. Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part
in how you learned things like
grammar, math and history. (A big hint
here is if the only way you can recite the
Preamble to the Constitution is by singing it.)
14. You ever dressed to look like someone in
a Madonna, Cyndi Lauper or Duran Duran video.
15. You remember your first kiss with someone
having happened while either "Leather and Lace"
or "Crazy for You" was playing.
16. You remember with pain the day the
Green Machine hit the streets (or
the sidewalks), instantly making your Big
17. The age-old question "Where's the beef?"
still makes you laugh.
18. You remember when film critics raved
that no movie could ever possibly have more
advanced special effects than "TRON."
19. You had a crush on Ted the photographer
on "Love Boat," Gage from "Emergency,"
or Ponch from "CHIPS."
20. Your hair at some point in time in the
'80s could only be described by saying
"I was experimenting."
21. You've ever shopped at Benetton,
Merry Go Around or Chess King.
22. You're starting to believe that having
the kids in school year-round wouldn't be
such a bad idea after all.
23. You're currently employed doing
something that has absolutely nothing
to do with your college major.
24. U2 is too popular and mainstream
for you now.
25. You remember trying to guess which
episode of "The Brady Bunch" it
was by the first scene.
26. You had a front-row seat (i.e., blew off
one or more classes) for Luke
and Laura's wedding on "GH."
27. Your parents wanted you to attend
medical school, but you decided it
was pointless since Quincy got all the
28. You know who shot J.R.
29. You recall when Love's Baby Soft
was in every girl's Christmas stocking.
30. This rings a bell: "My name is Charlie,
and they work for me."!
31. You were unsure if Diet Coke would
ever catch on. (Related item: you
were sure that "New Coke" would NEVER
32. You know all the words to the double-album
set of the "Grease" soundtrack.
33. You've ever had a Dorothy Hamill haircut.
34. You sat with your friends on any given
Friday night circa 1982 and dialed 867-5309
to see if Jenny was actually there.
35. "All skate, change directions" means
something to you.
36. You've ever owned a pair of rainbow
suspenders like the ones Mork used to wear.
37. You bought a pair of Vans and wanted to
order a pizza in history just so you could be
just like Jeff Spicolli.
(Related item: if you've ever smacked
yourself in the head with a shoe and
exclaimed,"I'm so wasted!")
38. You owned a Preppy Handbook.
39. You were too young to see "Blue Lagoon,"
so you just had to settle for the second-hand reports.
40. You remember when movies were only PG and R.
41. You learned to swim at about the same time
"Jaws" came out....and still carry the emotional
scars to prove it.
42. You remember when your cable TV box had
a sliding selector switch, and your "cable remote"
was connected to the TV by a CORD!
43. Your jaw would ache by the time you finished
one of those brick-sized packages of Bazooka!
44. You remember Bo and Luke Duke, Daisy,
Boss Hogg, or-worst of all what
Sheriff Roscoe's full name was.
45. Your parents paid $2,000 for a top-loading
VCR that was almost the size of a coffee table.
46. You found nothing strange about Bert and
Ernie living together.
47. You remember having a rotary phone.
48. You actually believed that Mikey, famed
kid on the Life cereal commercials,
died after eating Pop Rocks
and drinking a Coke.
49. "Members Only" jackets...say no more.
50. And lastly, I'll make a song stick in your
head for the rest of the day: ...you actually
remember the words to the theme song of
"The Greatest American Hero."
51. (BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I'M WALKING ON AIR...
I NEVER THOUGHT I COULD FEEL SO FREE-EE-EE...")
52. You've recently horrified yourself by using any one of the
following phases: When I was younger...When I was yourage...
You know, back when...
We are the MTV Generation!!!
We grew up in a time when movies changed our lives,
music had meaning, and watching TV was a cool thing to do
on a Saturday night & MTV was the King of TV on any night!!
... Totally, Totally tubular, fer shure, dude!
Other Nostalgia Facts from the 80s'
Chart Toppers: Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara,
Time (Clock of the Heart) - Culture Club, Electric Avenue -
Eddy Grant, You Canít Run from Love - Eddie Rabbitt
The 1983 Heisman Trophy winner, Mike Rozier, jumped
from the United States Football League to the Houston
Oilers of the NFL. Rosier signed for more than two
million dollars over a four-year period.
Thatís about the same as Mary Pickfordís deal in 1916.
The motion picture Cocoon, directed by Ron Howard,
grossed $7.9 million during its opening weekend across the
country. Cocoon, which had a brilliant cast, including screen
legend Don Ameche, beat out Rambo: First Blood, Part II
starring Sylvester Stallone, in first-weekend receipts.
Howard first became famous as a child star (Opie) on
the Andy Griffith Show; and then later, as
Richie Cunningham on Happy Days.
The wife of exiled Soviet author Alexander Solzhenitsyn
became a U.S. citizen.
Natalia Solzhenitsyn celebrated in her new home in
ĎThe Great Oneí, Jackie Gleason, died on this day,
at the age of 71.
Gleason was one of TVís biggest stars in the 1950s
He started on the DuMont Television Network, became a
celebrated fixture on CBS-TV, and later, a movie
star. He starred in honored films such as, Gigot and
The Hustler. He also starred in Smokey and the Bandit.
Jackie Gleason is best remembered from TV, however,
as bus driver Ralph Kramden in The Honeymooners,
which still ranks as one of TVís greatest sitcoms.
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