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The 1980s became the Me! Me! Me! generation of status seekers. Hostile takeovers, leveraged buyouts, and mega-mergers spawned a new breed of billionaire. If you've got it, flaunt it and you can have it all were watchwords.

College freshmen were more interested in status, power, and money than at any time during the past 15 years. Careers that netted big salaries were popular, and the students who chose these majors didn't hide the fact that they were doing it just for the money. Business management was the most popular major along with computer science, and marketing.

Science and technology made terrific strides in the eighties. Large numbers of Americans began using personal computers in their homes, offices, and schools. Columbia, America's first reusable spacecraft was launched in 1981. Cable was born and MTV had an enormous impact on music and young people. The digital compact disc revolutionized the music industry.

Family sitcoms dominated the 80's, but with a modern twist: Nicole had two dads, Webster and Arnold were adopted by white parents, and the Tanner girls had three father figures and no mother. Dallas and Dynasty showed us how the other half lives. Scott Turow turned the legal thriller with the mega legal thriller Presumed Innocent. The eighties was a huge decade for art, art museums, and artists.

Young adults stars included Jodie Foster, Deborah Foreman, Nicolas Cage, Sean Penn, Matthew Broderick, Michael J. Fox, Scott Baio, Lisa Whelchel, and Jennifer Grey. Teen stars included Jason Bateman, Anthony Michael Hall, Alyssa Milano, River Phoenix, Molly Ringwald, Kirk Cameron, Todd Bridges, Keanu Reeves and Lisa Bonet.

Carl Sagan taught us to look beyond our horizons. The 1982 Valley Girl had us using phrases like gag me with a spoon, like omigawd! and fer sure, fer sure.

The fitness craze inspired us to exercise with our Jane Fonda Workout videos, attired in our leotards, leg-warmers & sweatbands. It also gave us a new word: aerobics. Many people joined health clubs like Nautilus, Bally's, Jazzercise, Dancercize, and Richard Simmons. In 1980 the U.S. Olympic hockey team defeated formidable teams from the U.S.S.R. and Finland to win the gold medal.

Houses in the 80's were were bigger, more attractive, and contained more high-tech features. You could say they were reflecting our new "yuppie" mentality. Yuppies are Young, Upwardly-mobile Professionals that were college-educated, career-oriented, and status-conscious, and the 80's wouldn't have been the 80's without them!

Popular games included Trivial Pursuit, Uno and Dungeons & Dragons. Hackey Sack was fun as was skateboarding and rollerblades. In 1983 the Cabbage Patch Dolls were one of the biggest pop culture crazes of its times. Trivial Pursuit appeared in 1983 and remains today as a way to show off all that Jeopardy worthy information you have. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit it big as did Transformers.

The electronic toy age kicks into gear with the introduction of hundreds of new toys that could talk, move about and imitate favorite cartoon characters. Nintendo kicked off the home video game console era. Coin operated arcade games were very popular included Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Frogger, Centipede, Dig-Dug, Galaxian, Q-bert, Pengo, Donkey Kong, Asteroids, Tron, Tapper, Whack-a-Mole, Breakout and Tetris.

The 80s had a very distinct personality and the average family was a dual-income family. More women were entering the work force every year, and fewer women were putting their careers on hold to be homemakers.

Many people lost a personal hero when John Lennon was killed in 1980.
Dallas was a widely popular TV show in 1980.
Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980.
Operation "Abscam" indicts 30 officials in 1980.
Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman Supreme Court Justice in 1981.
Geraldine Ferraro was the first woman presidential candidate.
The first test tube baby is born 1981.
Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as 40th President 1981.
Columbia made the first official space-shuttle flight in 1981.
Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, but kept his girlfriend.
Argentina invades Falkland Islands, Britain sends fleet and troops 1982.
7 Die from poisoned Tylenol in Chicago 1982.
The Boeing 747 was introduced in 1982.
The first artificial heart was implanted in Barney Clark in 1982.
Princess Grace of Monaco dies in auto crash 1982.
1983 history has Sally Ride is the first American woman in space.
Korean Air Lines 007 is shot sown by Soviet Missile, 279 killed in 1983.
Terrorists bomb US Embassy in Beirut, over 239 Marines and Sailors Die 1983.
Dow exceeds 1200 for the first time in 1983.
Supreme Court reaffirms it's 1973 (Roe Vs Wade) Right to abortion in 1983.
FBI Agent Richard Miller ss arrested for spying in 1984.
In 1984 the British agree to leave Hong Kong in 1997.
Gas leak kills 2,000 at Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal India in 1984.
Nude photos cost Vanessa Williams her Miss America Her Title in 1984.
Barbie Dolls surpass in number, the American population 1985.
In 1986 the Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off killing 7.
Chief Justice Warren Burger resigns, William Rehnquest is nominated 1986.
Oil falls to $11 a barrel 1986, check what it is today!
The Stock Market Crash of 1987 "Black Monday", Dow one day drop of 508 points.
Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker is replaced by Alan Greenspan 1987.
TV Preacher Jimmy Swagggart resigns after prostitue liaison in 1988.
1988 the Pan Am Flight 103 explodes over Lockerbie, Scotland.
Junk Bond Dealer Micheal Milken Charged With Insider Dealing 1988.
Former aid claims Nancy Reagan uses astrology to plan her husbands actives in 1988.
The world rejoiced when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
Exxon Valdez oil spill on Alaskan Coast in 1989.
Hundreds die in Tiananmem Square as troops open fire on demonstrators 1989.
5-4 ruling by Supreme Court that flag burning is protected free speech in 1989.
Solidarity wins first free election in 40 years in 1989.
Earthquake hits San Francisco Bay Area minutes before World Series Game 1989.
166 billion taxpayer bail out of savings and loan industry voted by Congress 1989.
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