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(Mental Floss)   1983 was a banner year for American culture. Turning 30 this year: McNuggets, Weird Al's first album, Plinko, "Return of the Jedi", Hooters, and most importantly, TCP/IP   (mentalfloss.com) divider line 96
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2013-03-15 01:21:43 PM

Whatthefark: 1983 was also a banner year for heavy metal albums:

Kill 'em All
Bark at the Moon
Piece of Mind
Pyromania (yeah, it's not metal but it's still a great album)
Show No Mercy
Queensryche
Suicidal Tendencies
Shout at the Devil
Melissa
Holy Diver

My neck's getting sore thinking back to those days...


Holy carp, Queensryche was around in '83?

/actually, according to Wikipedia, their self-titled album was originally released in summer '82, but EMI rereleased it in '83
//great, now I feel even older
///get off my lawn
////Operation: Mindcrime was a great album
//Operation: Slashies is even better
 
2013-03-15 01:24:32 PM

HKWolf: I was in 3rd grade and got my ears pierced. Turned 10 at the end of '83.

/where is my cane? Nurse?


If it makes you feel better every thirty-something Farker just clicked on your profile to check for pics. FACT.
 
2013-03-15 01:35:59 PM
I graduated from high school in 1983, joined the Army and ate an entire 20-piece box of McNuggets on my first day out of boot camp. Worked for the newspaper at Fort Gordon, GA and used an Apple IIe with a 1200 baud modem to pull DoD wire copy from the Army Public Affairs Network (which turns out NOT to be what ARPANET stands for). Voted for Reagan out of gratitude for the 13% pay raise he gave us military folks. Did not partake in stock trading or cocaine, but did enjoy a lot of 80s music.

/Fess up, old farts. You would have hit 80s Madonna, and you know this.
www.80s-fashion-fancy-dress.com
 
2013-03-15 01:40:28 PM

docmattic: Holy carp, Queensryche was around in '83?


Wow, great music in 1983.  I'll second your Operation:Mindcrime as great album, though it's a toss-up between that and Rage For Order as my favorite.

CSS time!

My first McNugget was memorable because it had a bone in it.

ROTJ: yep, saw it in the theater.  Went with my mom, brother, and dad - one of the only happy memories of him, because the others involved him being drunk, or in a recovery program, or drunkenly arguing with my mom.  We were allowed into the theater early for some reason, and caught the end of the movie, from the Battle of Endor to the end.  We then saw a whole screening.  It was awesome, and scary - the Force lightning scenes scared me the worst.  Dead Ewok, never registered until years later.
 
2013-03-15 01:40:40 PM
What is this TCP/IP you speak of?

/also, I farking hated the 80's
 
2013-03-15 01:56:26 PM
I remember when McNuggets were introduced. They only came in six packs. And they made them out of a dark/white combo of chicken stuff. I was 7 and saw the commerical and was like 'we need to get to McDonald's *now*"
 
2013-03-15 02:01:13 PM
Many of us graduated high school in 83, it seems. Going to college and waiting for Reagan to start WWIII
 
2013-03-15 02:04:33 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: Pop music wasn't too shabby either that year...It's one of my favorite years in music..I was 11, but had
a Vic-20 at that time, not a C=64..It was the golden time for the Atari 2600 too..But of course we also
all had to worry if at any minute the Russians and Old Ronnie were gonna get us all vaporized..

Top 25 of the Billboard Top 100 of 1983
 

01. Every Breath You Take » Police
02. Billie Jean » Michael Jackson
03. Flashdance... What A Feeling » Irene Cara
04. Down Under » Men At Work
05. Beat It » Michael Jackson
06. Total Eclipse Of The Heart » Bonnie Tyler
07. Maneater » Daryl Hall & John Oates
08. Baby Come To Me » Patti Austin & James Ingram
09. Maniac » Michael Sembello
10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) » Eurythmics
11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me » Culture Club
12. You And I » Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle
13. Come On Eileen » Dexy's Midnight Runners
14. Shame On The Moon » Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
15. She Works Hard For The Money » Donna Summer
16. Never Gonna Let You Go » Sergio Mendes
17. Hungry Like The Wolf » Duran Duran
18. Let's Dance » David Bowie
19. Twilight Zone » Golden Earring
20. I Know There's Something Going On » Frida
21. Jeopardy » Greg Kihn Band
22. Electric Avenue » Eddy Grant
23. She Blinded Me With Science » Thomas Dolby
24. Africa » Toto
25. Little Red Corvette » Prince


While I agree, many of these hits are classics... notice the absence of pretty much any rock music.  Or, really, anything that isn't pure pop music.
 
2013-03-15 02:09:54 PM

WordyGrrl: Fess up, old farts. You would have hit 80s Madonna, and you know this


I'm generally okay with 1983 Madonna. It's the later Madonna that bothers us.

/ You know the one that farked Rodman.
 
2013-03-15 02:20:29 PM

MythDragon: I remember when McNuggets were introduced. They only came in six packs. And they made them out of a dark/white combo of chicken stuff. I was 7 and saw the commerical and was like 'we need to get to McDonald's *now*"


I had a similar experience with the Seinfeld Kenny Roger's Roasters episode.

/my tires squealed a minute or so after the show ended...
 
2013-03-15 02:23:13 PM

Gunny Walker: WordyGrrl: Fess up, old farts. You would have hit 80s Madonna, and you know this

I'm generally okay with 1983 Madonna. It's the later Madonna that bothers us.

/ You know the one that farked Rodman.


Agreed. I recall the early 80's Madonna was quite boner-inducing. Then again, I was 18 in 1983, so I pretty much had a boner all the time. So that makes it....hard to tell.
 
2013-03-15 02:25:44 PM
Wow, '83... I hadn't even discovered porn yet.  It's hard to think back that far.
 
2013-03-15 02:25:51 PM
Annnnnd, my darling daughter!
 
2013-03-15 02:25:59 PM
--> aand meee <--
 
2013-03-15 02:31:01 PM
I would like to point out that Jhereg by Steven Brust was first published in 1983. It proved to be my gateway drug to the whole Fantasy genre.
 
2013-03-15 02:42:46 PM

It's a Lazer Beam: Where, in that ARPANET picture, is Al Gore?  I thought he invented the interwebs?


Well darpanet was championed in congress in the 70s by a Al Gore but the one that was veep
 
2013-03-15 02:45:01 PM
WordyGrrl

I graduated from high school in 1983, joined the Army and ate an entire 20-piece box of McNuggets on my first day out of boot camp. Worked for the newspaper at Fort Gordon, GA and used an Apple IIe with a 1200 baud modem to pull DoD wire copy from the Army Public Affairs Network (which turns out NOT to be what ARPANET stands for). Voted for Reagan out of gratitude for the 13% pay raise he gave us military folks. Did not partake in stock trading or cocaine, but did enjoy a lot of 80s music


Wow, a fellow 71Q. Let me adjust my onion. I used to get the wire copy from a teletype/computer operator who lived in the basement of the HQ building. If I recall correctly through my booze soaked brain, there were about ten pages of header files followed by one page of information but because the computer operator was a lazy SOB, he would tear off the messages with some of the header of the next message. You had to dig through this yellow fragile paper (it could be destroyed in water?) , find out what they are trying to tell you this and turn it in to an original story or type it up and put it in the General's Morning Message Folder. Oh and we used a device called a 'typewriter'. Spell check was an E-5 with a dictionary.

Last time I saw the teletype stuff was in 91 or 2. I was a 46Q20 in the reserves by then and I got awarded a ArCom for a photo I took post Desert Storm. Again, ten pages of header info followed by "On or about date xx, Sergeant Harry Freakstorm published a photo that captures the emotions of the returning troops. For excellence in Army Public Affairs, Sgt Freakstorm should be awarded...."
 
2013-03-15 02:46:21 PM

TheShavingofOccam123: Of course, only one of those events is important.

/dink doink duh dink dink doink duh duh dink...plonk
/I love watching Hooter's waitresses walk around


What it was that was done by you then and there hath been scrutinized and examined even
 
2013-03-15 02:47:37 PM
It was the year I first got laid.
 
2013-03-15 02:53:11 PM

Pawprint: It was the year I first got laid.


Ditto, I think. Might have been '82. All I remember was I was 16, she was 15 when I came of age...
 
2013-03-15 03:04:03 PM
The rest of the Billboard Top 100 of 1983

26. Back On The Chain Gang » Pretenders
27. Up Where We Belong » Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
28. Mr. Roboto » Styx
29. You Are » Lionel Richie
30. Der Kommissar » After The Fire
31. Puttin' On The Ritz » Taco
32. Sexual Healing » Marvin Gaye
33. (Keep Feeling) Fascination » Human League
34. Time (Clock Of The Heart) » Culture Club
35. The Safety Dance » Men Without Hats
36. Mickey » Toni Basil
37. You Can't Hurry Love » Phil Collins
38. Separate Ways » Journey
39. One On One » Daryl Hall & John Oates
40. We've Got Tonight » Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
41. 1999 » Prince
42. Stray Cat Strut » Stray Cats
43. Allentown » Billy Joel
44. Stand Back » Stevie Nicks
45. Tell Her About It » Billy Joel
46. Always Somethmg There To Remind Me » Naked Eyes
47. Truly » Lionel Richie
48. Dirty Laundry » Don Henley
49. The Girl Is Mine » Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
50. Too Shy » Kajagoogoo
51. Goody Two Shoes » Adam Ant
52. Rock The Casbah » Clash
53. Our House » Madness
54. Overkill » Men At Work
55. Is There Something I Should Know » Duran Duran
56. Gloria » Laura Branigan
57. Affair Of The Heart » Rick Springfield
58. She's A Beauty » Tubes
59. Solitaire » Laura Branigan
60. Don't Let It End » Styx
61. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You » Laura Branigan
62. China Girl » David Bowie
63. Come Dancing » Kinks
64. Promises, Promises » Naked Eyes
65. The Other Guy » Little River Band
66. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All » Air Supply
67. Family Man » Daryl Hall & John Oates
68. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' » Michael Jackson
69. I Won't Hold You Back » Toto
70. All Right » Christopher Cross
71. Straight From The Heart » Bryan Adams
72. Heart To Heart » Kenny Loggins
73. My Love » Lionel Richie
74. I'm Still Standing » Elton John
75. Hot Girls In Love » Loverboy
76. It's A Mistake » Men At Work
77. I'll Tumble 4 Ya » Culture Club
78. All This Love » Debarge
79. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy » Sammy Hagar
80. Heartbreaker » Dionne Warwick
81. Faithfully » Journey
82. Steppin' Out » Joe Jackson
83. Take Me To Heart » Quarterflash
84. (She's) Sexy + 17 » Stray Cats
85. Try Again » Champaign
86. Dead Giveaway » Shalamar
87. Lawyers In Love » Jackson Browne
88. What About Me » Moving Pictures
89. Human Nature » Michael Jackson
90. Photograph » Def Leppard
91. Pass The Dutchie » Musical Youth
92. True » Spandau Ballet
93. Far From Over » Frank Stallone
94. I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart » Eric Clapton
95. It Might Be You » Stephen Bishop
96. Tonight I Celebrate My Love » Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack
97. You Got Lucky » Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
98. Don't Cry » Asia
99. Breaking Us In Two » Joe Jackson
100. Fall In Love With Me » Earth, Wind & Fire
 
2013-03-15 03:10:44 PM
www.wfmu.org
Terri Nunn from Berlin FTW
Driving through Champain, listening the WPGU. The DJ plays a song called "The Metro". After the song, he says "This is a great album and on the back of the album, (ahem) the lead singer is only wearing a boa." A short detour to one of the dozens of record shops on Green Street and viola. Though I kinda of remember that boa being a lot smaller.
 
2013-03-15 03:12:21 PM
1983... um... I was between wives and I do remember picking up this one girl one night, I was really plastered, and waking up the next day next to her.  When I looked down, her feet were all deformed and pointing in weird directions.  I quietly grabbed my clothes and left.

She left notes on my car every night for about a week after that wanting to know if I was going to call her.  I never got her phone number so I never replied.
 
2013-03-15 03:25:05 PM
Dang, I didnt realize "Mama's Family" was THAT old!

/Needs to buy "Mama's family" on DVD. Vicki Lawrence is AWESOME!
//was 3 in '83
///yeah, I'm a youngin', but I am starting to see grass on my lawn!
 
2013-03-15 03:25:42 PM

FloydA: Catsaregreen: Sorry, but "Revenge of the Jedi" sucked balls.

Maybe it did, but Return of the Jedi was pretty great.

(Except for the Ewoks, and WTF Darth Vader is a white guy?)


Actually, the original title was Revenge of the Jedi. But Lucas or somebody decided that it was unJedi-like to be vengeful.

If you have 2.5 hrs. to spare, this is a really good watch:

http://vimeo.com/36474256

A fan made it, taking all possible available stills, movies, versions, scenes, Christmas specials, audio cassettes, etc. material and splicing it all together with interesting subtitles pointing out factoids. It's the entire movie, just with some scenes replaced with alternates, or maybe the Millenium Falcon shown as the large mock-up on green screen, but the movie audio is still running, so it's totally watchable and unlike any documentary or "making of" I've ever seen.
 
2013-03-15 03:35:40 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: Pop music wasn't too shabby either that year...It's one of my favorite years in music..I was 11, but had
a Vic-20 at that time, not a C=64..It was the golden time for the Atari 2600 too..But of course we also
all had to worry if at any minute the Russians and Old Ronnie were gonna get us all vaporized..

Top 25 of the Billboard Top 100 of 1983


01. Every Breath You Take » Police
02. Billie Jean » Michael Jackson
03. Flashdance... What A Feeling » Irene Cara
04. Down Under » Men At Work
05. Beat It » Michael Jackson
06. Total Eclipse Of The Heart » Bonnie Tyler
07. Maneater » Daryl Hall & John Oates
08. Baby Come To Me » Patti Austin & James Ingram
09. Maniac » Michael Sembello
10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) » Eurythmics
11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me » Culture Club
12. You And I » Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle
13. Come On Eileen » Dexy's Midnight Runners
14. Shame On The Moon » Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
15. She Works Hard For The Money » Donna Summer
16. Never Gonna Let You Go » Sergio Mendes
17. Hungry Like The Wolf » Duran Duran
18. Let's Dance » David Bowie
19. Twilight Zone » Golden Earring
20. I Know There's Something Going On » Frida
21. Jeopardy » Greg Kihn Band
22. Electric Avenue » Eddy Grant
23. She Blinded Me With Science » Thomas Dolby
24. Africa » Toto
25. Little Red Corvette » Prince


I was 13 that year, and had moved from a small, hick town to the big city. The music on the radio absolutely blew my mind.

Saw RToJ in the theater; I remember being absolutely super geeked for it.

I'm sorta nostalgic for a lot of stuff back in those days, but I DON'T miss the pervasive threat of nuclear war I felt at the time. Anyone remember watching "The Day After" on TV?
 
2013-03-15 04:39:35 PM

elbrazo: Anyone remember watching "The Day After" on TV?


AaKKK!

//Yep.  Just remembered it.


1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-15 04:46:05 PM

bim1154: 1983... um... I was between wives and I do remember picking up this one girl one night, I was really plastered, and waking up the next day next to her.  When I looked down, her feet were all deformed and pointing in weird directions.  I quietly grabbed my clothes and left.

She left notes on my car every night for about a week after that wanting to know if I was going to call her.  I never got her phone number so I never replied.


You should have left her a note on your car for her. You're a cad. And a bounder.

elbrazo: I'm sorta nostalgic for a lot of stuff back in those days, but I DON'T miss the pervasive threat of nuclear war I felt at the time. Anyone remember watching "The Day After" on TV?


I tellya what. I was so traumatized by a film I saw in high school (class of '82), that I went into the USAF because I figured, if the 99 luftballons go up, I want to be some kind of fighty guy with fighting weapons and What Not. I got into the USAF Academy which was a total mess, but a big bucket of fun in some ways. Then I got out of there and became a miscreant.  Always that ugly specter of nucular annihilations, though. Ugh. Way worse than Islamo-fascisms, because you knew it would be a global event.

A little quick research and I found it. The War Game (1965). It was deemed to horrifying by the BBC to broadcast. Not so terrifying that they couldn't show a bunch of impressionable middle-class American teenagers though. Most of my teachers had been groovy hippies in the 60's and thought it fun to disregard all of those sensible things they'd been taught, and instead, blow our minds with super-psychedelic freakouts. Of course, they all failed to recognize that it was the stiff, tedious, rigid rules of the traditional education which gave them the academic foundation on which to launch the more creative aspects of the hippie counterculture.

"At this range, the heatwave is sufficient to melt the flesh of the upturned eyeball."

Yeah, your spooky Al Quaida goons sawing off the head of some unfortunate captive 10,000 miles away on YouTube lacks the gravity.


Enjoy it yourself.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrGg8PfkbZw&feature=gv
 
2013-03-15 05:05:05 PM

elbrazo: Mr. Shabooboo: Pop music wasn't too shabby either that year...It's one of my favorite years in music..I was 11, but had
a Vic-20 at that time, not a C=64..It was the golden time for the Atari 2600 too..But of course we also
all had to worry if at any minute the Russians and Old Ronnie were gonna get us all vaporized..

Top 25 of the Billboard Top 100 of 1983


01. Every Breath You Take » Police
02. Billie Jean » Michael Jackson
03. Flashdance... What A Feeling » Irene Cara
04. Down Under » Men At Work
05. Beat It » Michael Jackson
06. Total Eclipse Of The Heart » Bonnie Tyler
07. Maneater » Daryl Hall & John Oates
08. Baby Come To Me » Patti Austin & James Ingram
09. Maniac » Michael Sembello
10. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) » Eurythmics
11. Do You Really Want To Hurt Me » Culture Club
12. You And I » Eddie Rabbitt & Crystal Gayle
13. Come On Eileen » Dexy's Midnight Runners
14. Shame On The Moon » Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
15. She Works Hard For The Money » Donna Summer
16. Never Gonna Let You Go » Sergio Mendes
17. Hungry Like The Wolf » Duran Duran
18. Let's Dance » David Bowie
19. Twilight Zone » Golden Earring
20. I Know There's Something Going On » Frida
21. Jeopardy » Greg Kihn Band
22. Electric Avenue » Eddy Grant
23. She Blinded Me With Science » Thomas Dolby
24. Africa » Toto
25. Little Red Corvette » Prince

I was 13 that year, and had moved from a small, hick town to the big city. The music on the radio absolutely blew my mind.

Saw RToJ in the theater; I remember being absolutely super geeked for it.

I'm sorta nostalgic for a lot of stuff back in those days, but I DON'T miss the pervasive threat of nuclear war I felt at the time. Anyone remember watching "The Day After" on TV?




The movie Threads was worse, in my opinion. But both so terrifying. The same thing with Testament. Another scary one.

/born in '72
 
2013-03-15 05:13:02 PM

elbrazo: I'm sorta nostalgic for a lot of stuff back in those days, but I DON'T miss the pervasive threat of nuclear war I felt at the time. Anyone remember watching "The Day After" on TV?


Hell yeah.  Scared the crap out of me (I was 7 or 8).  Especially since I lived in the midwest at the time, which is where the initial attacks were set.

Does anyone remember the mini-series Amerika?  It got poor reviews, but watching it as a kid it was rather scary- Russians taking over America.
 
2013-03-15 06:04:43 PM

Nightsweat: Pawprint: It was the year I first got laid.

Ditto, I think. Might have been '82. All I remember was I was 16, she was 15 when I came of age...


Giggity.
 
2013-03-15 06:10:11 PM

funk_soul_bubby: Ah, Lynne Austin. Classic.

[i372.photobucket.com image 455x683]


1992? She must have been 9 in 1992 you pervert!
 
2013-03-15 07:26:53 PM
i was 11 and got mad my mom wouldn't take me to see the clash on the combat rock tour

damn it

the clash, mom! the clash!
 
2013-03-15 08:03:53 PM
I graduated high school in 1983.

This was a year before the Apple Macintosh came out.

Nobody had cell phones. The Internet existed but the World Wide Web didn't. There was no such thing as wireless networking. We watched movies on VHS tapes and listened to music on vinyl records and audio cassettes. People read books made out of wood pulp and the public libraries had card catalogs to help you find them.
 
2013-03-15 08:46:07 PM
Harry Freakstorm:

Last time I saw the teletype stuff was in 91 or 2. I was a 46Q20 in the reserves by then and I got awarded a ArCom for a photo I took post Desert Storm. Again, ten pages of header info followed by "On or about date xx, Sergeant Harry Freakstorm published a photo that captures the emotions of the returning troops. For excellence in Army Public Affairs, Sgt Freakstorm should be awarded...."

LOL Awesome... You are now favorited as "Fellow Dinfos Trained Killer"

After I did the 71Q thing, I moved into 71R (broadcast). We had a room where we had 6 teletype machines running non-stop for all the different wire services. And one day, I forgot to check the teletypes...for about 4 hours. Yes, that room was nearly filled to the rafters with piles of flimsy paper... Oops, my bad. And yeah, chances are I had a soju hangover at the time. Tee hee hee.
 
2013-03-15 09:05:13 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: The rest of the Billboard Top 100 of 1983

26. Back On The Chain Gang » Pretenders
27. Up Where We Belong » Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
28. Mr. Roboto » Styx
29. You Are » Lionel Richie
30. Der Kommissar » After The Fire
31. Puttin' On The Ritz » Taco
32. Sexual Healing » Marvin Gaye
33. (Keep Feeling) Fascination » Human League
34. Time (Clock Of The Heart) » Culture Club
35. The Safety Dance » Men Without Hats
36. Mickey » Toni Basil
37. You Can't Hurry Love » Phil Collins
38. Separate Ways » Journey
39. One On One » Daryl Hall & John Oates
40. We've Got Tonight » Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton
41. 1999 » Prince
42. Stray Cat Strut » Stray Cats
43. Allentown » Billy Joel
44. Stand Back » Stevie Nicks
45. Tell Her About It » Billy Joel
46. Always Somethmg There To Remind Me » Naked Eyes
47. Truly » Lionel Richie
48. Dirty Laundry » Don Henley
49. The Girl Is Mine » Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
50. Too Shy » Kajagoogoo
51. Goody Two Shoes » Adam Ant
52. Rock The Casbah » Clash
53. Our House » Madness
54. Overkill » Men At Work
55. Is There Something I Should Know » Duran Duran
56. Gloria » Laura Branigan
57. Affair Of The Heart » Rick Springfield
58. She's A Beauty » Tubes
59. Solitaire » Laura Branigan
60. Don't Let It End » Styx
61. How Am I Supposed To Live Without You » Laura Branigan
62. China Girl » David Bowie
63. Come Dancing » Kinks
64. Promises, Promises » Naked Eyes
65. The Other Guy » Little River Band
66. Making Love Out Of Nothing At All » Air Supply
67. Family Man » Daryl Hall & John Oates
68. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' » Michael Jackson
69. I Won't Hold You Back » Toto
70. All Right » Christopher Cross
71. Straight From The Heart » Bryan Adams
72. Heart To Heart » Kenny Loggins
73. My Love » Lionel Richie
74. I'm Still Standing » Elton John
75. Hot Girls In Love » Loverboy
76. It's A Mistake » Men At Work
77. I'll Tumble 4 Ya » Culture Club
78. All This Love » Debarge
79. Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy » Sammy Hagar
80. Heartbreaker » Dionne Warwi ...


Yep. The golden years of MTV.  I keep saying that I will someday put together a full day of MTV videos with little bits and pieces of VJs in between so I can stream it to the TV for background. It was on all the time in the house then regardless of whether we were in front of it or in the dining room playing Trivia Pursuit or Hearts or whatnot.  If MTV was not on, then the Artari 2600 was going.
 
2013-03-15 09:48:14 PM

Harry Freakstorm: [www.wfmu.org image 165x208]
Terri Nunn from Berlin FTW
Driving through Champain, listening the WPGU. The DJ plays a song called "The Metro". After the song, he says "This is a great album and on the back of the album, (ahem) the lead singer is only wearing a boa." A short detour to one of the dozens of record shops on Green Street and viola. Though I kinda of remember that boa being a lot smaller.


Always a good idea to drop in at Record Swap to cruise the album racks.  Heck - you might run into Adrian Belew on a good day.

Later you could walk down to 4th St. and say hi to me at Champaign Cycle Too.

Ya know - back in the day...
 
2013-03-15 10:12:44 PM
I was involved with the KCPR Men's Room recordings with Weird Al (doing hand claps)

Never thought that would turn out to be one of the most significant events of my life.
 
2013-03-15 10:12:51 PM
What is with the hard-on for Plinko?

www.qwizx.com

Also...
www.qwizx.comwww.qwizx.com
 
2013-03-15 11:50:32 PM
Wrong about TCP/IP.

In 1983, ARPANET became 100% TCP/IP, but Vint Cerf developed it roughly 10 years earlier.

This mistake is akin to saying the Model-T was the first car.  Cut that out.
 
2013-03-16 07:55:52 AM

master_of_rayality: Ahh 1983, the year I graduated high school.

That summer, I saw The Police, Joan Jett and REM at Shea Stadium. Between that, chicks with big hair and white fringe boots and all the other pop culture silliness, what an absolutely great time to be alive.

/now get off my lawn!


Me too.

I was working at my first computer jorb doing QA and code maintenance for a company that attached huge 30MB SASI (precursor to SCSI) hard drives to TRS-80 model II and the newer IBM PCs (with 640K -- all you'd ever need).

I can still recite Z80 machine opcodes from memory.

The scary part is if you consider time scales, in 1983 the '50s were 30 years before that and was considered "retro", and the year most of us were born, 1965, was only 20 years after the end of WWII.

I don't feel old yet strangely. The hair's salt and peppery but I started turning gray slowly in my 20's so I don't it except after a haircut looking at all of it on the floor. But then there's the widening meadow in back when he hands me the mirror to look. *sigh*

Time keeps on slippin'...
 
2013-03-16 08:02:52 AM

LeroyB: I graduated high school in 1983.

This was a year before the Apple Macintosh came out.

Nobody had cell phones. The Internet existed but the World Wide Web didn't. There was no such thing as wireless networking. We watched movies on VHS tapes and listened to music on vinyl records and audio cassettes. People read books made out of wood pulp and the public libraries had card catalogs to help you find them.


CDs had just arrived the year before. I saw my first CD player in 1983. It was a Nakamichi IIRC brought in from Japan along with a Pioneer Laser Disc player. It was a magic time.
 
2013-03-16 08:47:53 AM

Harry Freakstorm: [www.wfmu.org image 165x208]
Terri Nunn from Berlin FTW
Driving through Champain, listening the WPGU. The DJ plays a song called "The Metro". After the song, he says "This is a great album and on the back of the album, (ahem) the lead singer is only wearing a boa." A short detour to one of the dozens of record shops on Green Street and viola. Though I kinda of remember that boa being a lot smaller.


Terri Nunn taught me about BJs.
No, seriously.
When I was younger and dumber than i currently am, the cool older brother of then-tight schoolfriend had a vinyl copy of Berlin's Pleasure Victim e.p. The interior liner notes listed the divine Miss Nunn* as providing "vocals and bjs." Now my family was as tightassed about sexuality as damn near every ultra-devout Irish-Catholic family of the era (probably more so), so I had to ask this dude (who was 17ish or so to my then-12) what the hell a "BJ" was. So he breaks out a copy of Penthouse and flips to a pictorial with a girl with a guy's penis just inches away from her lips and tells me this is a blowjob. Then he flips to a girl/girl pictorial where one lady does the same to the other.

Who says porn can't be educational?

*She's still hot as lava to this day. And can still sing. If you get the chance to see her live, don't pass it up. Just head for the head when you hear "Take My Breath Away" start up.

It was just
 
2013-03-16 08:49:09 AM
It was just

/cool story? YOU make the call.
 
2013-03-16 11:30:58 AM

FARK rebel soldier: Plinko? What the hell is that? Oh. Also, slave Leias. Slave Leias everywhere.

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Happy you make me..yes.
 
2013-03-16 12:49:11 PM
AngryJailhouseFistfark:
Agreed. I recall the early 80's Madonna was quite boner-inducing. Then again, I was 18 in 1983, so I pretty much had a boner all the time. So that makes it....hard to tell.

...Mom?
 
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