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I am a child of the 80’s. That is what I prefer to be called. The 90’s can do without me. Grunge isn't here to stay, fashion is fickle and "Generation X" is a myth created by some over-40 writer trying to figure out why people wear flannel in the summer.

When I got home from school, I played with my Atari 2600. I spent hours playing Pitfall, Donkey Kong, Pack Man, or Frogger. I never did beat Asteroids. Then I watched "Scooby-Doo." Daphne was a Goddess, and I thought Shaggy was smokin’ something synthetic in the back of their psychedelic van. I hated Scrappy.

I would sleep over at friends' houses on the weekends. We played army with G.I. Joe figures, and I set up galactic wars between Autobots and Decepticons. We stayed up half the night throwing marshmallows and Velveeta at one another. We never beat the Rubik’s cube.

I got up on early on Saturday mornin’s to watch Hanna-Barbera cartoons like "Snorks," “The Smurfs†& “G.I. Joeâ€. On weeknights Daisy Duke was my future wife. I was goin’ to own the General Lee & shoot dynamite arrows out the back (does anyone know why did they weld the doors shut?). I watched Indiana Jones save the Ark of the Covenant & wondered what Yoda meant when he said, "No, there is another."

Ronald Reagan was cool. My family took summer vacations. My brother and I fought in the back seat. At the hotel we found creative uses for Connect Four pieces like throwing them in that big air conditioning unit.

I listened to Duran Duran sing about the “Reflex†(I figured he was talkin’ about the doctor visits when doc would would wack you in the knee cap to test your reflex). I was a lil’ freaked by Boy George & the colors of his dreams, red, gold, and green, but I sang along anyway. MTV played videos. Nickelodeon played "You Can't Do That on Television". HBO showed Mike Tyson pummel everybody except Robin Givens, the bad actress from "Head of the Class" also seen in a pepsi commercial.

I drank Dr. Pepper. "I'm a Pepper, you're a Pepper, wouldn't you like to be a Pepper, too?" Shasta was for losers. TAB was a laboratory accident. Capri Sun was a social statement & I felt cool sippin’ it down in front of my school buddies. Orange juice wasn't just for breakfast anymore, and bacon had to move over for somethin’ meatier.

My mom put a thousand Little Debbie Snack Cakes in my Transformer lunch box, and filled my G.I. Joe Thermos with red Kool-Aid. I would never eat the snack cakes, though. Did anyone? I got two thousand cheese and cracker snack packs, and I ate those.

I went to school and had recess. I went to the same classes everyday. Some weirdo from the eighth grade always won the science fair with the workin’ hydro-electric plant that leaked on my project about music and plants.

Field day was bigger than Christmas, but it always managed to rain just enough to make everybody miserable before they fell over in the three-legged race. Burping was cool. Rubber band fights were cooler. Pencil fights!! A substitute teacher was a baby sitter/marked woman.

I tried joinin’ the Cub Scouts, but it seemed a bit gay after a while. I never got any skill award, I don't remember ever doing anything, but I was always damn good at Sports & recess.

The world stopped when the Challenger exploded. Half of your friends' parents got divorced & still do. People did not just say no to drugs. etc, etc, etc…

When you put all this stuff together, you have my childhood. If this stuff sounds familiar, then I bet you are one, too.

I’m a child of the eighties...

Kids don’t think like I used to anymore & toys have been replaced with Playstations & Xbox. Time’s change, people change… "Life’s" a Bitch!! ;)

Biz

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I too am a child of the 80's ... The memories, you brought them back to life... I remember my Atari & oh yes my favorite game was Donkey Kong... And Three's Company(still love watching that on Nick at Nite) was the coolest show for me.... I don't know anyone who even remembers "You can't do that on television"...

Thanks Biz, This is an awsome thread....:D

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>You know you grew up in the 1980's if...

>1. You ever ended your sentence with "psych"

>2. You solved Rubics cube.....by peeling off the stickers

>3. You watched the Pound Puppies

>4. You can sing the rap to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

>5. You wore biker shorts under your skirts and felt stylish

>6. You yearned to be a member of the Babysitters Club and tried to

>start a

>club of your own.

>7. You owned those little Strawberry Shortcake pals scented dolls

>8. You know that 'Whoa' comes from Joey on "Blossom"

>9. Three words: M.C. Hammer.

>10. You thought it would be great to have a friend named "Boner"

>11. You can sing the entire theme song to "Duck Tales"

>12. You played the chipmunks Christmas album all year long!

>13. You Remember reading Kool-Aid man comics

>14. You ever watched "Fraggle Rock"

>15. You had plastic streamers on the handle bars of your bike

>16. You remember when it was actually worth getting up early on a

>Saturday

>to watch cartoons.

>17. You wore a ponytail to the side of your head

>18. You saw the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the big

>screen

>19. You got super-excited when it was Oregon Trail day on the new

>Apple

>computers with the black screen &neon green type in computer class at

>school

>20. You made your Mom buy you one of those clips that would hold your

>shirt in a knot on the side

>21. You had a Kirk Cameron poster on your bedroom wall

>22. You played the game "MASH" (Mansion, Apartment, Shelter, House)

>with friends at school.

>23. You wore a Jordache jean jacket and you were proud of it

>24. You remember L.A. GEAR

>25. You remember Kids Incorporated....."K-I-D-S!!"

>26. Your mother wouldn't let you have Garbage Pail Kids

>27. You wanted to change your name to Jem in Kindergarten

>28. You remember reading "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" and all the

>Ramona books

>29. You know the profound meaning of "Wax on,Wax off"

>30. You wanted to be a Goonie

>31. You ever wore fluorescent, neon if you will, clothing

>32. You wanted to be on StarSearch

>33. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose

>fell off

>34. You took lunch pails to school

>35. You have ever pondered why Smurfette was the ONLY female smurf

>36. You remember the craze, and then banning of, slap bracelets

>37. You still get the urge to use "NOT" at the end of every statement

>you

>make

>38. You remember hypercolor T-shirts

>39. Barbie and the Rockers was your favorite band

>40. You remember Punky Brewster &her cool bedroom

>41. You loved Howard the Duck

>42. You thought She Ra and He-Man should hook up

>43. You thought your childhood friends would never leave because you

>exchanged friendship bracelets

>44. You ever owned a pair of Jelly Shoes

>45. After you saw Pee-Wee's Big Adventure you couldn't stop saying "I

>know you are but what am I...infinity"

>46. You remember "I've fallen...and I can't get up!"

>47. You remember going to the skating rink before there were inline

>skates

>48. You ever got seriously injured on a Slip and Slide

>49. You know not to mix poprocks and soda (but did it anyway!)

>50. You have played with a 'skip-it'

>51. You had or went to a birthday party at McDonald's

>52. You learned oldies songs by watching Alvin and the Chipmunks

>53. You had a Glow Worm or watched the cartoons (GLOW WORMS ROCKED!!)

>54. You remember dancing along with the Bangles in "Walk Like An

>Egyptian"

>55. If you remember Heathcliff, the orange cat

>56. You saw the California Raisins Christmas claymation special

>57. DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!

>58. You wore socks over tights with high-top Reeboks

>59. You wore like 8 pairs of socks at once, scrunched down

>60. MISS MARY MACK MACK MACK ALL DRESSED IN BLACK BLACK BLACK.....

>61. You remember boom boxes instead of CD players

>62. You remember watching both "Gremlins" movies

>63. You remember the Transformers

>64. You know what it meant to say "care bear stare!!" and you had a

>favorite

>65. You remember Rainbow Bright and My Little Pony Tales

>66. You remember watching TV thinking Doogie Howser was hot!

>67. You remember Alf, the little furry brown alien from Melmac who

>tried to eat cats

>68. You remember the large amounts of hairspray used

>69. You remember those very stylish headbands

>70. You remember Vicky the Robot (a.k.a. Small Wonder)

>71. You remember the beginning of New Kids on the Block

>72. You remember watching The Cosby Show

>73. You remember Mr.Belvedere

>74. You remember Michael J. Fox in "Family Ties" and "Back to the

>Future"

>75. You know all the names of the gang from "Saved by the Bell"

>76. You know all the words to Bon Jovi's "Shot Through the Heart"

>song...bonus points if you've ever sang it at a karaoke bar...

Gotta love the 80's.... I did.... :D

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wicked thread Biz. Even though I only remember the latter half of the 80's I do remember some of the stuff you did mention. :)

I grew up more with nintendo and like excitebike and super mario bros

gi joe i still remember.

I would love to see You Can't Do that on Television again.

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I am also another child of the eighties. :D

I also played with my Atari 2600 after school. I remember playing Shinobi and Double Dragon when coming to the States on vacation and finishing them with just one quarter. I was introduced to Heavy Metal by Quiet Riot and their "Metal Health" ....Poison, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard were simply amazing. There are so many things about the 80s... I was scared to death watching Freddy Krueger on those movies...also scared to watch the show of Donnie and Marie Osmond on Saturdays. Arnold from "Different Strokes" was cool and fell in love with Dana Plato.

That's enough for now; I am getting nostalgic.

:(:)

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You forgot about Combat. :idea: Although this was the game every one had because it came with the game. In my shoe box of Atari cartridges this one collected the most dust. It seemed like yesterday when I tried to jump over the three aligator heads in Pitfall. :)

Thanks for bringing back memories biz.

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I have been reading and reminiscing. For me growing up it was all about my Kangaroos shoes where I put my money. buying every new pair of Air Jordans even though my old ones were still good. Riding around on my Big Wheel, I think I went through like 5 of these things, I kept putting holes in the plastic wheels.

Playing with Legos and trading baseball cards with my friends. I spent so much damn money on baseball cards, and the gum was always hard as a rock. Waking up early in the summer watching cartons then playing baseball till it was time for dinner.

I was not cool enough to have a game system. I got a Commodore 64 computer. My parents thought games were bad so they gave me this computer you had to hook up to TV, that only had like 4 games 4 it, and they all consisted of some type of shooting at something. Oh yeah I did get Combat and Pitfall, since they made those games for everything.

As I watched TV I wanted to have a house like Webster (with all those secret passages), a girlfriend like Punky Brewster, a car that could talk like Knight Rider, and wondered if Boss Hog would ever catch Bo and Luke.

For the music it was all about Prince, Run DMC, Breakdancin beats, trying to act like we knew how to breakdance. I remember going and getting cardboard to put in my front yard to dance on. My friends and I also thought we had a cool group that could rap and dance, so in 4th grade for our "BIG Talent Show" we did a performance/dance to Brass Monkey by the Beastie Boys. Wow that was ugly, but fun as hell. I also related to the fresh Prince and how "Parents Just Don't Understand", sing it with me....

You know parents are the same no matter time nor place

They don't understand that us kids are gonna make some mistakes

So to you, all the kids all across the land

There's no need to argue, parents just don't understandI remember one year

My mom took me school shopping

It was me, my brother, my mom, oh, my pop, and my little sister

All hopped in the car

We headed downtown to the Gallery Mall

MY mom started bugging with the clothes she chose

I didn't say nothing at first

I just turned up my nose

She said, "What's wrong? This shirt cost $20"

I said, "Mom, this shirt is plaid with a butterfly collar!"

The next half hour was the same old thing

My mother buying me clothes from 1963

And then she lost her mind and did the ultimate

I asked her for Adidas and she bought me Zips!

I said, "Mom, what are you doing, you're ruining my rep"

She said, "You're only sixteen, you don't have a rep yet"

I said, "Mom, let's put these clothes back, please"

She said "no, you go to school to learn not for a fashion show"

I said, "This isn't Sha Na Na, come on Mom, I'm not Bowzer

Mom, please put back the bell-bottom Brady Bunch trousers

But if you don't want to I can live with that but

You gotta put back the double-knit reversible slacks"

She wasn't moved - everything stayed the same

Inevitably the first day of school came

I thought I could get over, I tried to play sick

But my mom said, "No, no way, uh-uh, forget it"

There was nothing I could do, I tried to relax

I got dressed up in those ancient artifacts

And when I walked into school, it was just as I thought

The kids were cracking up laughing at the clothes Mom bought

And those who weren't laughing still had a ball

Because they were pointing and whispering

As I walked down the hall

I got home and told my Mom how my day went

She said, "If they were laughing you don't need them,

cause they're not good friends"

For the next six hours I tried to explain to my Mom

That I was gonna have to go through this about 200 more times

So to you all the kids all across the land

There's no need to argue

Parents just don't understand

Oh-kay, here's the situation

My parents went away on a week's vacation and

They left the keys to the brand new Porsche

Would they mind?

Umm, well, of course not

I'll just take it for a little spin

And maybe show it off to a couple of friends

I'll just cruise it around the neighborhood

Well, maybe I shouldn't

Yeah, of course I should

Pay attention, here's the thick of the plot

I pulled up to the corner at the end of my block

That's when I saw this beautiful girlie girl walking

I picked up my car phone to perpetrate like I was talking

You should've seen this girl's bodily dimensions

I honked my horn just to get her attention

She said, "Was that for me?"

I said, "Yeah"

She said, "Why?"

I said, "Come on and take a ride with a helluva guy"

She said, "How do I know you're not sick?

You could be some deranged lunatic"

I said, "C'mon toots - my name is the Prince =

Beside, would a lunatic have a Porsche like this?"

She agreed and we were on our way

She was looking very good and so was I, I must say - word

We hit McDonald's, pulled into the drive

We ordered two Big Macs and two large fries with Cokes

She kicked her shoes off onto the floor

She said, "Drive fast, speed turns me on"

She put her hand on my knee, I put my foot on the gas

We almost got whiplash, I took off so fast

The sun roof was open , the music was high

And this girl's hand was steadily moving up my thigh

She had opened up three buttons on her shirt so far

I guess that's why I didn't notice that police car

We're doing ninety in my Mom's new Porsche

And to make this long story short - short

When the cop pulled me over I was scared as hell

I said, "I don't have a license but I drive very well, officer"

I almost had a heart attack that day

Come to find out the girl was a twelve-year-old runaway

I was arrested, the car was impounded

There was no way for me to avoid being grounded

My parents had to come off from vacation to get me

I'd rather be in jail than to have my father hit me

My parents walked in

I got my grip, I said, "Ah, Mom, Dad, how was your trip?"

They didn't speak - I said, "I want to plead my case"

But my father just shoved me in the car by my face

That was a hard ride home, I don't know how I survived

They took turns - one would beat me while the other was driving

I can't believe it, I just made a mistake

Well parents are the same no matter time nor place

So to you all the kids all across the land

Take it from me, parents just don't understand

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80's kid here !

What a rush of euphoria I got from reading Biz's post .......... it's true what they say .......... REMEMBERING IS LIVING ! :)

hOw bout the days when you would arrive from school and see ...darkwing duck , chip n dales , duck tales etc .........those were the days .

"believe in fatE"

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Originally posted by djfrosty

Sobe2003 who cares about plagiarism. At least here.

what do you mean who cares?

Shit if you wrote that article and it was in the paper

and your shit got copied you'd be pissed especially

after reading that thread line by line I was like shit,

I know Biz is in PR work but damn can he write good

or he smoked some good shit prior to writing it

and here you go it was all a deception..

:rolleyes: Nothing against Biz though he was

doing his job of pulling his LIFE Promo....

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I didn't know we were in English 101 in College and had to quote sources. My point is this is an online forum...And for two, I don't think he ever claimed Biz wrote it anyways.

Enough of this plagiarism shit. Let's reminisce some more.

Good memories of the 80's...

Pete Rose hitting 4192 (I was at the game), losing virginity, going to Freeze Bowl which was AFC Championship of Bengals vs. Chargers in 1982, hitting a hole in one in 1987 (I was 14 and it's still my only hole in one), living off my parent's money, playing 27 holes of golf a day six days a week.

Damn...those were great, stress free times.

:)

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Originally posted by sobe2003

Hey Biz - back in the '80's and even today - you would be called a thief. When you quote others work and writings you should give them credit:

http://www-public.rz.uni-duesseldorf.de/~ritterd/wargames/80s.htm

and

http://www.80s.com/ChildrenOfTheEighties/page1.html

In today's world we call this plagiarism.

Your friend,

Sobe2003

well biz just got:

owned!!!!!

:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

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before us guiods grew up in the 80's, and got 5.0's and IROCs, we had the.....

82Page8-9.jpg

I'm sure guyman had one in Queens!!!

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Originally posted by biznation00

My mom put a thousand Little Debbie Snack Cakes in my Transformer lunch box, and filled my G.I. Joe Thermos with red Kool-Aid. I would never eat the snack cakes, though. Did anyone? I got two thousand cheese and cracker snack packs, and I ate those...

"Life’s" a Bitch!! ;)

Biz

Hey Biz...u never ate em? lol how about the christmas ones?

Dude my thing was Granola Bar's, Shark Bites, and the Christmas tree cakes that little debbie used to make!

btw- dude with all this talk about the 80's..where was the comic card collection? or comic collection? Skip-It? pants tighter than most leather? boots so pointy you could stomp a roach in the tightest crevices in the walls? AND...

THOSE HATS YOU COULD FLIP THE FRONT VISOR UP!!!:eek: :eek:

man i had my british knights jumpsuit and my BK hat flipped up..back when i used to compete in karate tournaments locally...lol as Martha used to say..."Those were tha dayssss"

:laugh: :laugh:

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Originally posted by djfrosty

I didn't know we were in English 101 in College and had to quote sources. My point is this is an online forum...And for two, I don't think he ever claimed Biz wrote it anyways.

:)

Well I guess that you must be one to steal others music and tracks and call them your own.

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Originally posted by sobe2003

Well I guess that you must be one to steal others music and tracks and call them your own.

..then you must be the type to put other people down so you can sustain your coolness?

Dude no-one cares. its a plug:idea:.

:rolleyes:

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