Flashback to the 80’s

Check out what was HOT at Kewanee High School in 1982.

Category 1982 Favorites
Film: Stripes
Song: Centerfold – J. Geils Band
Singing Group: REO Speedwagon
Female Vocalist: Pat Benatar
Male Vocalist: Kenny Rogers
Movie Actor: Burt Reynolds
Movie Actress: Sally Field
T.V. Show: M*A*S*H
Eating Place: Pizza Hut
Pastime: Roller Skating
Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys
Sports Person: Walter Payton
World Personality: Anwar Sadat
National Personality: Ronald Reagan
Radio Station: 97X
Disc Jockey: Larry Lujack
Car: Pontiac Trans Am

Pop Culture

Garfield

Did you know…Jim Davis named Garfield after his grandfather, James Garfield Davis, who was named after President James A. Garfield. Due to the enormous popularity of the strip, many families have named their cats “Garfield” after the famous cat.

Gloria Vanderbilt Jeans

In 1976, Gloria Vanderbilt launched her line of designer jeans carrying her name embossed in script on the back pocket, as well as her swan logo. Her jeans were more tightly fitted than the other jeans of that time. The logo eventually appeared on dresses and perfumes as well.

The Smurfs

There were originally 99 Smurfs, but this number increased as new Smurf characters appeared, such as Sassette and Nanny. All of the original Smurfs were male; later female additions are Smurfette and Sassette – Smurfette being Gargamel’s creation, while Sassette was created by the Smurflings.

Calvin Klein Jeans

In early 1980, the 14-year-old Shields appeared in controversial print and TV ads for Calvin Klein jeans. The TV ad included her saying the famous tagline, “You want to know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing.” Brooke Shields ads would help catapult Klein’s career to super-designer status.

Rubik’s Cube

Although it is widely reported that the Cube was built as a teaching tool to help students understand 3D objects, Ernő Rubik’s actual purpose was solving the structural problem of moving the parts independently without the entire mechanism falling apart. He did not realize that he had created a puzzle until the first time he scrambled his new Cube and then tried to restore it.

Izod Lacoste

The Lacoste brand reached its height of popularity in the US during the late 1970s and became the signature 1980s “preppy” wardrobe item, even getting mentioned in Lisa Birnbach’s Official Preppy Handbook of 1980. The company also began to introduce other products into their line.

Computers: Time Person of the Year

The advances in technology that began in previous years continue to gain speed in 1982 with the release of the Commodore 64 computer and the first CD player by Sony. The shift is so significant that Time Magazine names The Computer as the person of year in 1982.

 

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