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Thursday, June 20, 2013

80s Flashback with Reader Guest Blogger Misty Helm


The Lady Scribes are pleased to welcome back reader guest blogger Misty Helm! 

This morning I was watching Pawn Stars and saw an ad for Hot Huez, latest and greatest innovation for adding colorful stripes to your hair. Do you want that brilliant blue? They have it! Colored chalk that is kept in a compact where all you need to do is stroke it through a lock of hair and you can have trendy hair just like today’s celebrities. The show then moved into pricing an album full of Garbage Pail Kids. This got me to thinking about the 80’s.

It was the fun-loving decade between activism and grunge. When there were the two Coreys, Debbie Gibson, John Hughes and Kirk Cameron.  Back then music and movies were fun! I couldn’t get enough of the two Coreys and I was a mega fan of Sixteen Candles and the Breakfast Club.  My walkman was easily filled with the sounds of Debbie Gibson mixed with a little Poison.

When it came to style…who didn’t own a set of hot rollers or that light up magnifying mirror?  Come to think of it, I still have both buried somewhere under the bathroom sink.  What about the blue eye shadow to go along with the day-glow mascaras?  I wore fingerless gloves, parachute pants, and brightly colored polo shirts back then. I could rat my hair sky high with the best of them and finish it off with Aqua Net spray.

It can easily be forgotten that many of our favorite technological toys of today actually had their early beginnings in the 1980’s. From the Nintendo Wii to the iPod, all one needs to do is think back to what gadgets they owned during this decade. Where would we be today had we never had a Sony Walkman or a Nintendo NES? The Walkman was the first portable music gadget, and boy did it ever get mileage. The Nintendo was the forerunner of gaming consoles. It gave us some of the most recognizable characters names that still exist today (Mario, Zelda and Sonic).

All in all the 1980’s was one of the most enjoyable decades of my lifetime. We were on the cutting edge of so many trends of today. When I look back at my childhood and early teens, there is so much nostalgia attached to it. The thing I loved best about that decade was remembering how carefree life felt. It was fun and it felt like that sky was the limit.  

This had me wondering, what are your favorite 80’s memories? Or if you were a child of another decade, what are some of your favorite memories from that time? 

27 comments:

  1. MIsty ~ I turn 40 in three days. So, I definitely grew up in the 80s. I remember getting our first microwave and our first VCR (the first movie we watched was Flash Gordon... I wouldn't call that a *favorite* memory, but it's never left my mind. LOL)

    Looking back, it did seem a much simpler time than today. Quaint, really. But I remember the older generation in those days saying the same about the 50s and 60s. It makes me wonder what will happen in the future to make my son look back on *this* decade remember it as quaint. :)

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    1. Our first Microwave didn't arrive until almost the end of the decade,and I couldn't even begin to tell you the first VCR movie we watched knowing my dad it would have been some kind of science fiction/ or horror film (which is the root of my love of romance novels lol).

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  2. Weren't the 80s known for excess? Do you remember wearing two pairs of socks in coordinating colors? Two t-shirts with the sleeves rolled up? We definitely has an abundance of hair! Or at least some of us could pull off the look easily enough. ;D

    It's great to have you back, Misty. Thanks for the fun walk down memory lane.

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    1. Let's not forget pegged jeans and rubber bracelets that climbed all the way up the arm lol.
      Thank you for having me back!

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  3. I was in college and law school during the 80's so music played such an important part. All the fun bands that were out-The Cars, Squeeze, ABC, all the great English alternative that came out then. Plus who could forget the TV shows?-Dynasty, Dallas...Hmm maybe I should have studied more? Great post, Misty!

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    1. Nancy,
      I loved the music too. Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Devo... I have a D theme going on. :)

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    2. Nancy I was fourteen when the 80's came to a close. However I do remember watching Dynasty, Moonlighting, Air Wolf and the Dukes of Hazard lol. I was well on my way into my love of pop music at the beginning of the 80's, but by the end New Kids on the Block came out and big hair/Madonna style bands were history for me lol.

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  4. Misty, I may or may not have written a short story called "Corey: The Impossible Story" in which Corey Feldman invited a fan (a fake version of me) out to California and then fell in love with me. I shall neither confirm nor deny.

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    1. Hannah I was half in love with Corey Haim all through the 80's. It's possible I wrote one or two cheesy poems about him.

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  5. Ah, you're speaking my language, Misty! We must be the same age. I loved my big hair. I remember when matchey-match was our biggest fashion goal--earrings, clothes, socks, shoes... Remember Jams, Stonewash, neon colors...Loved Depeche Mode and The Cure...I still have Squeeze on my playlist. :-)

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    1. I say all the time I'm knocking on the door of 40 lol. I loved stonewash! We had it all stonewash jeans, jackets etc. I found it funny that neon has made its way back into the stores lately. I of course gravitated towards it.

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    2. OMG I was just reading all these comments thing...and NEON was huge... I had this Neon Hot Pink Half shirt which came to the top of my stonewashed jeans!! Don't forget the neon socks to match and High Top Girls tennis shoes (nothing to do with sport...all about fashion)...Lol! Earrings that were huge and dangly and hair to sky....I ratted and sprayed to back then...can you believe it Misty?!?!? Do you remember my posters on the wall...White Snake, Guns N Roses, Jon Bon Jovi, Poison. I can honestly say that at the end of the 80's I too jumped on the New Kids on the Block bandwagon with Misty...however she was always a bigger fan than me! The 80's were a magical time...I LOVED the 80's!!

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  6. Thanks for coming back to blog with us, Misty! I LOVE the 80s. I love the music, the movies, the TV shows...there is very little I don't love about the 80s. Well, other than the parachute pants. :)

    Two of my three all time favorite bands got their big breaks in the 80s (U2 and INXS). It's hard for me to imagine my life without those two bands playing in the background of it...

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    1. Oh but parachute pants were so comfortable lol. With the exception of the boy bands I went back to my country music roots during the 80's.If it was country I listened to it. My dad has often described me as a misplaced red neck lol.

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    2. The only thing my Dad listened to back then was country. But really, it went beyond that. He only (and I do mean ONLY) listened to Willie Nelson (in particular, the Half Nelson album) and Dolly Parton. That was it. Nothing else. I recall 12-14 hour drives to and from my grandparents' house in the beat-up old Suburban with no working AC in the summer in Texas, where the ENTIRE way both directions, the only thing we listened to was Willie Nelson Half Nelson on constant repeat. I hated that album for years. Strangely, I've developed a certain fondness for it in recent years. LOL.

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  7. Misty,

    The 80's is one of my favorite decades. The music was awesome and great for dancing, which I did until the wee hours in the morning on several occasions (usually Wed, Thur, Fri and Sat - lol). Health clubs were the place to "meet people". I worked in one for three years and on Wednesdays (I think) we would pull out a small TV to watch Dynasty before closing and heading out. All of the girls exercised in clothing that could have been worn in Flashdance. If the sweatshirt wasn't falling off the shoulder, you weren't in fashion. Oh, and don't forget the legwarmers :).

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    1. I saw a girl in class last fall who had leg warmers and rubber bangles (bracelets) on and I had a hard time holding in the laugh. It was one of the first times that I truly felt my age lol.

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  8. For me my best memories of the 1980's was the fun I had with my two sons who were in Grade School at the time which meant Little League games, being a Cub Scout leader and lots of camping trips to near and far sleeping in a tent trailer and introducing them not only to nature but the history of our country as well. Living in New England there was never a shortage of places to go, people to see, and new experiences and fun places to visit.

    At the same time I did miss the lower paced life of my own childhood with my older sister wearing a poodle skirt and jitter bugging at the local soda shop to a jutebox! I loved being a teenager in the 1960's and often long for knee socks and saddle shoes to come back as the "new best thing"!

    There were sad things as well including our President John Kennedy being shot on my 16th birthday but the carefree days of "lunch hour" dances in the gym (no cafeteria or free school lunches back then - you packed a lunch in a brown paper bag and drank water out of the water fountain) but the days were packed full of things to do. One of the best things is that with having to walk to school or ride your bike there was no need to diet (and yes we did roller skate to school once in a while as well!).

    I look back to those days fondly but look forward to the future even more and can't wait to some day soon be spending the "best days of my life" with my grandchildren!

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    1. We brown bagged a lunch every day except for Fridays, and we didn't have to worry if we had peanut butter and jelly because all of the other students were eating it too. I live a block down from my grade school and high school so I did grow up knowing what it was like to plow through knee high snow on the way to class. We had our sad moments, I was in 6th grade when the Challenger blew up. The year before we had flight 255 crash at Detroit Metro airport killing all(253 people) but a four year old little girl. The eighties were met on a personal level with the loss of both of my grandfathers. But there were many happy moments to balance it out.

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  9. Wow! If I didn't toltally flashback to my childhood! I remember clipping out pics of Kirk Cameron and the two Coreys from the teen magazines. My favorite show was actually Growing pains and do you remember the spinoff to it? Just the Ten of Us with the Coach?! I think that was the name! Waaaa I'm getting old! When I think back to those times I remember it with a child's simplicity because I remember the times we'd watch Goonies or Lucas....and all those great Brat pack movies. Great blog!!

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    1. Lucas remains one of my favorite movies. I do remember Just the Ten of Us, loved that show.

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  10. Catherine already knows what I'm going to say on this topic, lol. Whenever I think of the 80's, I think of the word 'bad.'
    Bad hair, bad clothes, bad music, and bad home decor ;P
    HOWEVER - I will concede that The Goonies may quite possibly have been the greatest movie ever made. Romancing the Stone is a close second. I will also concede that great innovations in electronics took place then, for which I am VERY grateful (hey, I played DuckHunt with the best of em).

    As for the rest of it? I'll leave it in the past!

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    1. I love 80's music and movies, but I'm with you on the rest. Neon doesn't count that's just a color lol

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  11. The music of the 80s was awesome, the hairstyles rad and the clothes were BAD, you know it. ;) But since I was a little kid most of it, my take is mostly juvenile. LOL.

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  12. Oh gosh. Just realized, I remember having sock hops in elementary school (liek 5th 6th grade), now the kids are doing retro 1980s parties. THE HORROR!!!

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    1. Our 8th grade dance was more like a prom then a dance!

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