Things From the 80s That We Miss!
The 80's gave us so many fads that we had a difficult time picking out favorite 11! But we did it! How many of these items did you have? Four maybe five, or all of them?
I think we have all taken a stab at the Rubik's Cube and have failed. I know to this day I have still never got it right! Rubik's Cube made it's debut in 1974 in Hungary but didn't make it's way to the USA until 1980. As of January 2012, 475 million cubes had been sold worldwide making it the world's top-selling puzzle game. Did you have one growing up?
Before there was an Ipod there was the Walkman. On July 1, 1979, the Sony Walkman was introduced . I had one and it weighted 14 ounce and it was blue-and-silver portable cassette player with chunky buttons, headphones and a leather case. I was stud caring that Walkman around the neighborhood!
You were a nobody in the 80's unless you were sporting at least 2 or 3 of wrapped around your wrist, which explained why my wrists were bare in the 80's. I am not joking, never got a friendship bracelet!
In the 80's Vans started to create shoes for a number of sports from skateboarding, wakeboarding, motor cross, to surfing in an effort to compete with large athletic shoe companies. Vans Slip-Ons gained international attention and appeal when they were worn Jeff Spicoli by Sean Penn in the 1982, iconic youth film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Thank you to Mom and Dad cause I had several pairs of the Vans! Still love'em till today!
In the 80's ever man was dressing like Sunny Crockett from Miami Vice played Don Johnson, Johnson's typical attire of Italian sport coat, T-shirt, white linen pants, and slip-on sockless loafers became a hit. I found a picture of myself dressed in the Miami Vice Fashion but I was too embarrassed to post it, maybe next time.
If you were a child between the ages of 2-8 in the 80's then the Care Bears got you through many Saturday mornings. Bedtime Bear , Birthday Bear , Cheer Bear, Friend Bear , Funshine Bear , Good Luck Bear , Grumpy Bear , Love-a-Lot Bear where just come of the names of the Care Bears. Which one was your favorite?
Originally worn by dancers to keep their muscles from cramping after stretching, in the early 1980s leg warmers became a fad and wearing them was fashionable among teenage girls. Their popularity was partly due to the influence of the films Fame and Flashdance .They were worn with leggings, jeans, and tights or as part of aerobic wear. And believe it or not they are starting to make a comeback.
Before there was Xbox 360 , Wii or Playstation 3 there was the arcade, in the 80's there were extremely popular you could head down to the arcade and play Pac Man, Asteroids, Centipede and my other games, my personal favorite was Pole Position.
Break dancing was a style of dancing that got it's start with hip hop music during it's early stages of development in the United States. 'Break dancing' stretched the human body to it's limit. Some of the popular moves were "Windmill" , "Head Spin" , "Moon Walk" and " The Worm" I did try to break dance in high school, but that's for a different post!
The jean jacket is to the 80's what the leather jacket was to the 50's and 60's. If you didn't have one you were not in the 'it' crowd. This jackets came in normal, acid washed and some even had fringe on them.
Earlier in the countdown we mentioned 'Break Dancing" you were not a real Break Dancer without an awesome Boom Box, break dancers would carry them around on their shoulders jamming to beat until it was time to sit it down and get to dancing, and when it cam to parties a party wasn't a true party unless you had a Boom Box.