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armywifey26
Children of the 80's............
January 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

How many of these do you remember?

1.  Being on a wait list for a Cabbage Patch Kid and not even being able to pick the one you wanted (bonus points if you remember its name -- mine was Mitzy Shirley and she had the dreaded short curly hair).

2.  Jumping on the eyes of the alligator with Pit Fall Harry.

3.  Thinking Flash Gordon had the best special effects ever.

4.  That coffee-flavored sucking candy all elderly people had (before anything coffee flavored was cool).

5.  The random Super Friends like the Apache Chief, Gleek, and Samurai.

6.  Screaming, "Oh my God, the girl in Sleepaway Camp has a penis!"

7.  What kind of G-news Gary Gnu shared.

8.  Having an actual family discussion about whether to get a VHS or a Betamax.

9.  Later having the same discussion about Atari and Coleco.

10. Kermit's nephew Robin.

11. Asking Santa for Fashion Plates, Donny & Marie Barbies, 2XL, Transformers, a Speak n' Spell, Barbie's Townhouse with the yellow elevator, and Weeble Wobbles.

12. Yuck Mouth, Interplanet Janet, Time for Timer, "One to Grow On."

13. Seeing Alanis Morissette pop out of a locker to tell a joke in a mainstream show (ironic?).

14. Archie Bunker's Grandson doll, Joey, which was anatomically correct. (Am I the only one who had this?)

15. Being fairly certain you would one day marry: Scott Baio, Shawn Cassidy, Leif Garrett, River Phoenix, one of the Coreys, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Kirk Cameron, Matt Dillon, Ricky Schroder, or Tom Cruise.

16. The shirtless volleyball scene -- need I name the movie?

17. Seeing Eddie Murphy in a hot tub, a Gumby costume, or a Buckwheat wig.

18. Being able to recite (word for word) AirplaneStand by Me, Grease, and anything by John Hughes.

19. Believing you would one day make your own pink prom dress and wanting a friend like Duckie.

20. Wishing to be the ninth kid on Eight Is Enough.

21. Knowing all the words to theme songs like: The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, WKRP, Punky Brewster, and Different Strokes.

22. Ed Grimly's favorite talk show host and the instrument he played.

23. Thinking life as an adult was like Dallas or Dynasty and wondering why your parents weren't cool like that.

24. Mork's grown son, Mearth (extra points if you knew he was played by Jonathan Winters).

25. Saying "And stop calling me Shirley!" any chance you got.

26. The floor of your closet having one or all of these: Reebok high tops, Tretorns, K-Swiss, Keds, shoe boots, Justins, Dan Posts, Doc Martens.

25. That only Big Bird used to be able to see Snuffleupagus.

26. The yellow waterproof Walkman you desperately wanted.

27. Being willing to fight to the death over the claim that Joey McIntyre was the cutest New Kid on the Block.

28. Getting excited to see Trolley on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, because you knew what that meant.

29. Screw Captain Kangaroo, who remembers Mr. Green Jeans?

30. That He-Man and Battle Cat were known as Adam and Cringer when they were in their everyday clothes.

31. Those Mr. Yuck stickers our parents stuck on toxic things around  the house, which amounted to their highly questionable version of baby-proofing.

32. Being able to spend the entire day outside with no way for your parents to contact you (and that being OK).

33. "Menahmenah, doo-doo da-doo-doo."

34. Going to a drive-in. (My first was Thank God It's Friday. What were my parents thinking?)

35. Having to get up to turn the television channel or adjust the bunny ears.

36. Being able to pass a test strictly based on the knowledge you gained from Schoolhouse Rock.

37. Roller skating to anything by Journey, Chicago, Boston, Foreigner, or Air Supply.

38. Finding any guy whose family had a Trans-Am or its cousin, the Firebird, to be the hottest guy ever -- bonus if he had a mullet.

39. Getting Troll dolls out of vending machines.

40. Getting a perm whether your hair was curly or not -- and trying to mask the rotten egg smell with Aussie Scrunch Spray.

41. That orange (not blond) color Sun-In turned your hair, (unless you were already blond and clearly didn't need it).

42. The exact moment DJs became VJs.

43. Spending countless hours playing Super Breakout, Missile Command, Adventure, Kaboom, and later Super Mario, Paper Boy, Punch-Out, BurgerTime, and Zelda.

44. Being able to picture Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, and Polly Pocket before they got all slutty-looking.

45. Having a closet that included Farlows, EGs, ID number shirts, CP Shades, oversized Champion sweatshirts in day-glo colors, Guess jeans, Polos and iZods with the collars turned up, parachute pants, Jams, Skidz, velour, men's boxers, OP shorts, Z Cavaricci pants, and Gasoline jeans with conductor stripes on one side.

46. Pac-Man the animated series and Rubic the Amazing Cube.

47. Being pretty sure you could moonwalk almost as well as Michael Jackson.

48. Knowing that puffy stickers, fuzzy stickers, or stickers with gel in them were way more valuable than flat ones, even if they were scratch-and-sniff.

49. Being a latchkey kid.

50. Liking Hello Kitty before it was considered retro.

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  • jujubear1
    January 25, 2013 at 12:36 AM
    Huh. Who knew. I guess you can tell my kid never watched much sesame street.

    Quoting Lisha77:

    Yep! I totally forgot about that! I would yell at the TV,"he's right there!!!!!!" Way before that Elmo took over!!!!



    Quoting jujubear1:

    Everyone can see snuffleupagus now??
  • SnortysMom
    January 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Yes, I do remember that place! How sad, I didn't know it's not there anymore. I never got to go to that place. 

    Quoting bozobean:

    Do you remember that German Old World Village in Anaheim? It looked like an old European village, and they had a nice Octoberfest every year as well as other festivals. I heard it's not there anymore. It's sad because they had good German pastries in one shop there.

    Quoting SnortysMom:

    Shut the front door! My DH was born and raised in Buena Park (near Knotts too) I grew up in Anaheim! lol

    Quoting bozobean:

    We lived in Orange County too (Buena Park close to Knotts Berry Farm and Disneyland). My dad took me to where the Olympics were, but we couldn't get any tickets. The scalpers wanted too much, so we just walked around looking at stuff they were selling outside. Lol



    Quoting SnortysMom:

    My dad stood in line too for 2 hours to get my Cabbage Patch Doll. I still have her -- Tilly Michelle was her name. lol. 

    Jellies shoes - I had 2 pairs...pink and a pearl white AND I had a jellies purse with my Michael Jackson button attached to it! lol. Damn shoes made my feet sweat!! 

    Silver Spoons - I effin' wanted to live in that house so bad! lol

    Mel's Diner - "Kiss My Grits!" 

    L.A. Olympics - my parents went to the track and field events (we lived in Orange County so it wasn't too far away) but they sat in the total nose bleed section. My mom said everyone looked like ants from where she was sitting. lol

    Quoting bozobean:

    My poor father stood in a three hour long line to get my Cabbage Patch doll. Her name is Hilda Billie, and I still have her. Bless his heart, he passed away of cancer two years ago.





    I also remember:





    Reebok high tops


    Striped jeans


    Harem pants


    Jellies shoes (I had a bunch of colors)


    Silver Spoons


    Intellivision


    Mrs. PacMan


    Donkey Kong


    Barbies


    Weebles


    Snoopy Snow Cone Machine


    Easy Bake Oven


    Flourescent color shirts, socks, etc.


    Remembering the words to Three's Company and Welcome Back Kotter theme songs.


    My best friend being all gaga for Tom Cruise, but he wasn't the least bit attractive to me.


    Menudo


    Emilio on Days of our Lives


    Lorenzo Lamas on Falcon Crest


    Mel's Diner


    The first electric Battleship game.


    L.A. Olympics




  • pampire
    by pampire
    January 25, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    1.  Being on a wait list for a Cabbage Patch Kid and not even being able to pick the one you wanted (bonus points if you remember its name -- mine was Mitzy Shirley and she had the dreaded short curly hair). - I was too old for them when they came out - and I always hated dolls

    2.  Jumping on the eyes of the alligator with Pit Fall Harry. - nope

    3.  Thinking Flash Gordon had the best special effects ever. - well...no.  That movie was crap then too.  Star Wars had good effects!

    4.  That coffee-flavored sucking candy all elderly people had (before anything coffee flavored was cool). - I do!  Nips?  Is that what there were called?

    5.  The random Super Friends like the Apache Chief, Gleek, and Samurai. Loved Gleek!

    6.  Screaming, "Oh my God, the girl in Sleepaway Camp has a penis!" - I only saw that movie recently!

    7.  What kind of G-news Gary Gnu shared. - loved that show!

    8.  Having an actual family discussion about whether to get a VHS or a Betamax. We didn't get a VCR til 1987!

    9.  Later having the same discussion about Atari and Coleco. - I had a Pong for a while.  Mom took it as collateral for a loan to a friend.

    10. Kermit's nephew Robin. - so cute!

    11. Asking Santa for Fashion Plates, Donny & Marie Barbies, 2XL, Transformers, a Speak n' Spell, Barbie's Townhouse with the yellow elevator, and Weeble Wobbles. Didn't care for Transformers or 2XL but rocked the hell out of all the rest!

    12. Yuck Mouth, Interplanet Janet, Time for Timer, "One to Grow On." - loved!

    13. Seeing Alanis Morissette pop out of a locker to tell a joke in a mainstream show (ironic?). - yes!

    14. Archie Bunker's Grandson doll, Joey, which was anatomically correct. (Am I the only one who had this?) - I've only heard of it.

    15. Being fairly certain you would one day marry: Scott Baio, Shawn Cassidy, Leif Garrett, River Phoenix, one of the Coreys, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Kirk Cameron, Matt Dillon, Ricky Schroder, or Tom Cruise. - Shaun Cassidy was my first crush

    16. The shirtless volleyball scene -- need I name the movie? - I refuse to watch Top Gun.  Still sick of the hype!

    17. Seeing Eddie Murphy in a hot tub, a Gumby costume, or a Buckwheat wig. - yup!

    18. Being able to recite (word for word) AirplaneStand by Me, Grease, and anything by John Hughes. only parts, big chunks, I can sing the soundtrack for sure, and YES.

    19. Believing you would one day make your own pink prom dress and wanting a friend like Duckie. - oh lord yes!

    20. Wishing to be the ninth kid on Eight Is Enough. - not really.  But I wanted to be Ralph Macchio's character's gf.

    21. Knowing all the words to theme songs like: The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, WKRP, Punky Brewster, and Different Strokes. I wanted to work at WKRP.

    22. Ed Grimly's favorite talk show host and the instrument he played. - dammit - I should know this!

    23. Thinking life as an adult was like Dallas or Dynasty and wondering why your parents weren't cool like that. - I knew those people were fucked up - but fun to watch!

    24. Mork's grown son, Mearth (extra points if you knew he was played by Jonathan Winters). that is when the show jumped the shark

    25. Saying "And stop calling me Shirley!" any chance you got. - that's still funny

    26. The floor of your closet having one or all of these: Reebok high tops, Tretorns, K-Swiss, Keds, shoe boots, Justins, Dan Posts, Doc Martens. - Nope, Nikes were the shit in the 80s where I grew up.  I didn't want Docs until the 90s.

    25. That only Big Bird used to be able to see Snuffleupagus. - srsly!  WTF is up with everyone being able to see him now?

    26. The yellow waterproof Walkman you desperately wanted. - nope, I had a silver one

    27. Being willing to fight to the death over the claim that Joey McIntyre was the cutest New Kid on the Block. - wrong end of the decade.  I was metal by that point.

    28. Getting excited to see Trolley on Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, because you knew what that meant. - I will cop to that.  I loved Daniel Tiger

    29. Screw Captain Kangaroo, who remembers Mr. Green Jeans? and the moose and bunny!

    30. That He-Man and Battle Cat were known as Adam and Cringer when they were in their everyday clothes. - was never a huge fan

    31. Those Mr. Yuck stickers our parents stuck on toxic things around  the house, which amounted to their highly questionable version of baby-proofing. Those stickers were awesome!  They still give them away too.

    32. Being able to spend the entire day outside with no way for your parents to contact you (and that being OK). - they could contact you.  All they had to do was yell and your ass had 5 minutes to run home.

    33. "Menahmenah, doo-doo da-doo-doo." - great, now that's stuck in my head.

    34. Going to a drive-in. (My first was Thank God It's Friday. What were my parents thinking?) - We'd always get a dead battery!

    35. Having to get up to turn the television channel or adjust the bunny ears.- I know!

    36. Being able to pass a test strictly based on the knowledge you gained from Schoolhouse Rock. - hells yeah!

    37. Roller skating to anything by Journey, Chicago, Boston, Foreigner, or Air Supply. - I was a timid child that would not go skating.

    38. Finding any guy whose family had a Trans-Am or its cousin, the Firebird, to be the hottest guy ever -- bonus if he had a mullet. - My cute Cali cousins brought a Firebird to afamily reunion campout.

    39. Getting Troll dolls out of vending machines. - I had one...I guess that could be where I got it.

    40. Getting a perm whether your hair was curly or not -- and trying to mask the rotten egg smell with Aussie Scrunch Spray. - Spiral perms!

    41. That orange (not blond) color Sun-In turned your hair, (unless you were already blond and clearly didn't need it). - I don't think I ever tried it.  I saw it go wrong on too many friends.

    42. The exact moment DJs became VJs. - YES!

    43. Spending countless hours playing Super Breakout, Missile Command, Adventure, Kaboom, and later Super Mario, Paper Boy, Punch-Out, BurgerTime, and Zelda. - Burger Time was my gane!

    44. Being able to picture Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Shortcake, and Polly Pocket before they got all slutty-looking. - yes!  That slutification of childhood icons should stop now.

    45. Having a closet that included Farlows, EGs, ID number shirts, CP Shades, oversized Champion sweatshirts in day-glo colors, Guess jeans, Polos and iZods with the collars turned up, parachute pants, Jams, Skidz, velour, men's boxers, OP shorts, Z Cavaricci pants, and Gasoline jeans with conductor stripes on one side. - that was not an issue for fat girls.

    46. Pac-Man the animated series and Rubic the Amazing Cube. PM I remember - but I didn't know they made a cartoon out of Rubik's cube.

    47. Being pretty sure you could moonwalk almost as well as Michael Jackson. - nope - new I was lame.

    48. Knowing that puffy stickers, fuzzy stickers, or stickers with gel in them were way more valuable than flat ones, even if they were scratch-and-sniff. - totally

    49. Being a latchkey kid. - yep.  And We all survived into adulthood!  Take THAT helicopter parents!

    50. Liking Hello Kitty before it was considered retro. soooo long before.  1977 to be precise.

  • AprilDJC
    January 25, 2013 at 12:50 AM


    milli vanilli and their big lip syncing scandal lol

  • AprilDJC
    January 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM

  • catngabsmom
    January 25, 2013 at 1:40 AM
    I wasn't willing to admit I was that old!!!!

    Quoting armywifey26:

    And some of them are from the late 70s

    Quoting catngabsmom:

    Some of that stuff is more early 90's than 80's, and I feel very old for knowing all of it!!


  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous
    January 25, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Born in 1971!  I remember all of these!!

  • TerriAnne2606
    January 25, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    #33 - aw crap - now I'll never get that song out of my head.  

    But, yes, I remember WAAAY too many of those.  So sad now.  

  • harehelper
    January 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I remember several of those, LOL. Ah, good times, good times.

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