Growing Up in the '80s




 THINGS YOU WORE...

 - banana clips                                - clogs
 - friendship bracelets and pins               - jelly shoes
 - hair crimpers                               - P.J.'s with feet
 - Lee Press on Nails                          - Esprit bags
 - mittens with strings                        - name earrings
 - rat tails                                   - Aqua "Helmet"/Net
 - holes in your jeans                         - jean skirts & jean jackets
 - nylons and socks (together)                 - t-shirts 4 times too big
 - the Madonna look                            - the Cyndi Lauper look
 - MC Hammer pants                             - leather and leopard print...
 - moonboots were the coolest thing to be seen in... especially the silver
   ones:
   * even though you lost both your socks and the linings when you tried to
     take them off
   * even though they didn't keep your feet dry
   * even though you fell over because there was absolutely no support for
     the ankles
 - leg warmers (showing only your toes, even over your shoes)
 - rolling your jeans -- the tighter the better
 - the "Freshman Wall of Hair" -- where your hair went straight up with
   only a little bit flipped back over the top
 - the alligator clips with feathers that used to be worn in your hair
   (even though they hurt)
 - the epitome of the 80's -- wearing your collar up, even on polo
    shirts
   (the bigger the collar the better)
 - going without socks (even in the winter)
 - wearing blue mascara and blue eye shadow at the same time

 THINGS YOU DID...

 - took swimming lessons                       - built forts
 - Get in Shape Girl                   - 5 cent lemonade stands
 - watched MTV at your friend's house because you never had cable
 - those pyramid things made out of paper -- you know, the ones that said
    who you were going to marry when you opened them up (colors on the
    outside, numbers in the middle, names on the inside)
 - put cards in your bicycle spokes to make cool noises
 - prank phone calls
   * Is your refrigerator running?  Well you better go catch it!
   * Is John there?  If John's not there, where do you go to the bathroom?
 - jump rope chants
   * Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear...
   * Cinderella, dressed in yella...
 - jumped on the bed until your parents came in to yell at you, pretended
   to go to bed until they left, then doing it again until your parents got
   REALLY mad and used your WHOLE name -- first, middle AND last.  You knew
   it was bad then!

 GAMES YOU PLAYED...

 - Barrel O' Monkeys                   - Don't Break the Ice
 - Don't Spill the Beans               - Ants in the Pants
 - Lite Brite                          - Ghost in the Graveyard
 - Kickball                            - Memory
 - PacMan                              - Hungry, Hungry Hippos
 - Pitfall                             - Kerplunk
 - Twister                             - Cat's Cradle
 - Red Light, Green Light              - Chinese jump rope
 - Chutes and Ladders                  - Truth or Dare
 - Red Rover                           - Atari
 - Simon Says                          - Hopscotch
 - Kick the Can                        - Spin the Bottle
 - Battleship                          - Capture the Flag
 - Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board- Concentration
 - dodge ball (didn't you always try to peg the other person as hard as you
   could?)

 TOYS/THINGS YOU HAD...

 - Cabbage Patch Kids                  - big wheels
 - Tonka Trucks                        - Rubik's cube
 - Barbie and Ken                      - banana seat bikes
 - Nerf anything                       - Sit and Spin
 - roller skates                       - cap guns
 - hoola hoops                         - Tiddlywinks
 - Playdough Barber Shop               - Shrinky Dinks
 - Mr. Potato Head                     - Fashion Plates
 - Silly Putty                         - Koosh balls
 - kazoos                              - Garbage Pail Kids
 - rubber stamps                       - slinky
 - pogo balls                          - Etch-A-Sketch
 - matchbox cars                       - paint by numbers
 - Legos                               - Yo-Yo's
 - Erector sets                        - cooties
 - The Betty Crocker Bake Oven         - smeller markers
 - sticker books                       - Oxy-10
 - Electric Toothbrushes               - sleepover parties
 - Skip-it                             -VOLTRON  (Mike's addition)

 READING MATERIAL...

 - Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys
 - The Babysitter's Club
 - MadLibs
 - Highlights magazine
 - Doctor Seuss
 - Anything by Beverly Cleary

 THE FOODS YOU ATE...

 - Spaghetti O's and Meatballs         - Little Debbie Cakes
 - Fruit Roll Ups                      - Push-up-Pops
 - Dinosaur eggs                       - Pixy Stix
 - Capri Sun                           - Sugar Daddy's
 - candy cigarettes                    - candy buttons
 - candy necklaces                     - Mr. Freeze's
 - PEZ                                 - Bubble Tape
 - Atomic Fireballs                    - Hubba Bubba
 - Pop Rocks                           - Red Hots
 - Big League Chew

 CHARACTERS...

 - Alf                                 - the Chipmunks
 - Snoopy -- AKA "Joe Cool"            - Mr. Bill from Gumby and Pokey
 - Pound Puppies                       - The Jolly Green Giant
 - He-man                              - Thundercats
 - Transformers                        - Underdog
 - Mighty Mouse                        - Danger Mouse
 - Speedy Gonzales                     - Strawberry Shortcake
 - Rainbow Brite                       - My Little Ponies
 - Smurfs                              - Snorks
 - G.I. Joe                            - She-Ra
 - Scooby Doo                          - Wonderwoman
 - Jem                                 - Gummi Bears
 - Fraggles                            - Muppets
 - Warm Fuzzies                        - Fat Albert
 - Golden Girls                        - Winnie the Pooh
 - Holly Hobby                         - Pee Wee

 T.V. SHOWS...

 - Chips                               - You Can't Do That on Telivision
 - Facts of Life                       - Dukes of Hazard
 - Dallas                              - Dynasty
 - Miami Vice                          - the A-Team
 - Falcon Crest                        - Knots Landing
 - Cosby Show                          - Knight Rider
 - Family Ties                         - anything on Nickelodeon
 - Laverne and Shirley                 - Mork and Mindy
 - Double Dare                         - Three's Company
 - American Bandstand                  - Star Search
 - Growing Pains                       - Who's the Boss?
 - Different Strokes                   - Sesame Street
 - Mr. Rogers                          - 3-2-1 Contact
 - Electric Company                    - Reading Rainbow
 - the NEW Mickey Mouse Club           - The REAL Looney Toons
 - The Bloodhound Gang                 - Little House on the Prairie
 - Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys       - Happy Days
 - Gimme A Break                       - Cheers
 - Dance Fever                         - Saturday Night Live

 MOVIES...

 - Teen Wolf                           - any After-School Special
 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off            - Back to the Future
 - Goonies                             - Exorcist
 - Star Wars                           - Top Gun
 - Can't Buy Me Love                   - Pretty in Pink
 - Sixteen Candles                     - Breakfast Club
 - Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

 ACTORS & ACTRESSES...

 - Molly Ringwald                      - Daisy Duke
 - Alyssa Milano                       - Michael J. Fox
 - Kirk Cameron                        - Scott Baio
 - Johnny Depp

 MUSIC GROUPS AND SINGERS...

 - Air Supply                          - Mike and the Mechanics
 - Kiss                                - Twisted Sister
 - Alice Cooper                        - Iron Maiden
 - Paula Abdul                         - Whitney Houston
 - Depeche Mode                        - Pet Shop Boys
 - Billy Ocean                         - The California Raisins
 - Debbie Gibson                       - Tiffani
 - The Bangles                         - New Kids on the Block
 - Vanilla Ice                         - Sheena Easton
 - Jefferson Starship                  - Chicago
 - Van Halen                           - Heart
 - Fleetwood Mac
 - Michael Jackson (in all three stages -- cool, not cool, white)
 - Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band


 THE SONGS...

 - All I Need is a Miracle             - St. Elmo's Fire
 - Karma Cameleon                      - Wild Thing
 - Amadeus                             - 867-5309 (Jenny)
 - Take on Me                          - Walk Like an Egyptian
 - Jessie's Girl                       - Wild, Wild West
 - So Alive                            - Eternal Flame
 - Waiting for a Girl Like You         - I Just Died in Your Arms
 - Ghostbusters                        - Morning Train
 - Queen of Hearts                     - Broken Wings
 - When I'm With You                   - When I see you Smile
 - I Can't Fight this Feeling          - Manic Monday
 - We Are the World                    - The Search is Over
 - Angel Eyes                          - Jump
 - Hey Mickey                          - Come On Eileen

 Do you remember...  your first date?
                     your first kiss?
                     the first teacher you hated?
                     the first teacher you loved?







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