Sunday, April 11, 2010

April 11, 2010 - The Eighties

Last night I attended the Jefferson County 911 Awards Banquet – Golden CO.  Every year 911 Dispatchers from neighboring police and fire departments are honored for their services to the community.  Today’s blog was inspired by their passion and theme of 80s attire. 
Thundercats Ho!! This decade in history embodied a theme of big hair, synthesized music, and vibrant fashion.  The 1980s holds special meaning to all of us, whether that’s good bad or in between its effects find root today, and remind us of a time of individuality and transition.  My involvement was brief, but the early years of my youth have amazing recollection… I am proud to have lived the 80s and invite you to follow me down memory lane.

Who can forget true 80s adventure?  The Neverending storyGoonies, and E.T. were a boy’s fantasy… I was in love with these stories! And the Childlike Empress – why wouldn’t Bastian just call her name!?  What a cool story.  “Gonnies never say die,” 1985 gave birth to The Goonies crusade – more of a modern day Indiana Jones, seven members in Astoria Oregon embark on a quest for One-Eyed-Willie’s rich stuff.  Having flown with Falcor and explored with Mikey and Data…   Drew Barrymore’s character in E.T. stole our hearts.  An epic adventure – I will never forget Elliot’s magical flight through the forest.  Back when joining a club was cool, I will openly admit I was a fan and club member of each one of these ;)
Strongly influenced by the dawn of MTV (August 1st, 1981) – musicians and fashion meet experimentation.  Self expression couldn’t have been more creative, or more ridiculous.  The term “big” was an understatement – big hair, big make up, and big ego’s take form.  Madonna and Michael Jackson owned the spot light, their talents in music and appearance unleashed a league of followers. 

Members Only jackets and legwarmers became household names. Neon hues and Wayfarer sunglasses found status in music videos and films. 
Favorite music from 80s movies: Weird Science (Oingo Boingo – Weird Science), Karate Kid (Bananarama – Cruel Summer), Say Anything (Peter Gabriel – In your eyes), and who could forget The Breakfast Club (Simple Minds – Don’t You (forget about me).)  I know there’s more, and would love to hear your music/movie memories ;)

I leave you with a quote from The Breakfast Club:  Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you're crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us... In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain... and an athlete… and a basket case… a princess… and a criminal… Does that answer your question?...  Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club.

Images provided and JNava Clothing
All the best,

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