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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 09:41:14 AM
It was also the year that the great cman was born
 
2013-03-15 09:52:23 AM
Was it also a banner year in the Bender household?
 
2013-03-15 10:36:26 AM

nmrsnr: Was it also a banner year in the Bender household?


Smoke up, nmrsnr.
 
2013-03-15 10:37:01 AM
Damn, read the end of the headline as ICP at first.

/magnets
 
2013-03-15 10:37:25 AM

cman: It was also the year that the great cman was born


Happy Birthday?
 
2013-03-15 10:39:00 AM
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
 
2013-03-15 10:39:11 AM
Ahh I can remember 30 years ago, Im getting fracking OLD
 
2013-03-15 10:39:52 AM
I didn't really like the 1980s. My brother was born In 1983. So, that's cool. But I would say 1986 was the best year in the '80s.

/CSF
 
2013-03-15 10:40:17 AM
Aaand me.
 
2013-03-15 10:40:57 AM
The '83 NFL draft was also arguably the greatest of all time. It was the famous QB draft of course, but besides, there were 7 Hall of Famers, 15 of the 28 first rounders had at least one Pro-Bowl, 12 rounds and at least one Pro-Bowler in every round, and 4 Pro-Bowlers went undrafted.
 
2013-03-15 10:43:13 AM
Wow... I'm older than TCP/IP. Didn't know that.

I assumed that by the time they came up with me, all the good ideas were gone.

Then again, here I am wasting time on Fark, so maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all.
 
2013-03-15 10:43:33 AM
I had a bad case of TCP/IP once.

Penicillin did not clear it up.. ugh.
 
2013-03-15 10:44:30 AM
I guess 1983 was a good year to be born in.  My girlfriend was born in April and I was born in July.  So for a few months I get to tease her about being 30.
 
2013-03-15 10:45:44 AM
TBH, I don't really give a fark about any of that shiat, except, I guess, ROTJ...
/DNRTFA
 
2013-03-15 10:45:53 AM
Ah, 13 years old, a Commodore 64, red box D&D, Star Frontiers.... *mumbles to self, wanders off absent mindedly*
 
2013-03-15 10:46:15 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
If this is obscure to you, read more about music.

April 5 - US Interior Secretary James G. Watt causes controversy when he effectively bans the Beach Boys from a return performance at the Fourth of July festivities in Washington, announcing that Wayne Newton would perform instead. Watt claims that rock bands attract "the wrong element". That same week President Reagan, himself an avowed Beach Boys fan, presents Watt with a plaster foot with a hole in it, symbolizing that Watt had shot himself in the foot.

And this ladies and gentlemen is one of the many reasons I loved that old man.

upload.wikimedia.org

Speaking of things I loved in 1983...

/sorry some of you missed out...it was a fantastic time
 
2013-03-15 10:52:31 AM

ObscureNameHere: Ah, 13 years old, a Commodore 64, red box D&D, Star Frontiers.... *mumbles to self, wanders off absent mindedly*


*waves cane and looks under his chair* Heh! I got yer Pool of Radiance right here!
 
2013-03-15 10:56:55 AM

Frankenstorm: But I would say 1986 was the best year in the '80s.

/CSF


Well yeah.

www.upfullife.com

images.wikia.com

2.bp.blogspot.coms+Bng+%5BFront+Cover%5D.j

 And, to me, this is honorary 1986:

2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-15 10:56:59 AM
MrJesus was also born.

Ramen.
 
2013-03-15 10:58:55 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-15 10:59:24 AM
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...
 
2013-03-15 10:59:39 AM
Your future Lord and Savior of Mankind was also born....

...But I prefer God-Emperor of Mankind.
 
2013-03-15 11:02:04 AM
Plinko? What the hell is that? Oh. Also, slave Leias. Slave Leias everywhere.

mydisguises.comts3.mm.bing.netwheretruthlies.comwebzoom.freewebs.comimages3.wikia.nocookie.netlh3.ggpht.com
 
2013-03-15 11:02:46 AM
Wendy's Chili was born on this day 30 years ago, as Fark felt obliged to remind me.
 
2013-03-15 11:16:39 AM
Where, in that ARPANET picture, is Al Gore?  I thought he invented the interwebs?
 
2013-03-15 11:20:17 AM
Greed was good.  We were all trading junk bonds and doing cocaine.  Even us babies.  You don't see that stupid eTrade baby lowering his drop-side and doing lines.  Stupid pampered babies.
 
2013-03-15 11:27:48 AM
Was out of the Army and working 60 hours a week driving as a courier for $125 a week take home. Was glad to have the job. On Sunday, my only day off, my friend and I went up to Decatur Illinois to see "Return of the Jedi". There was a crowd and a man with a megaphone saying that the tickets for the next three shows were sold out. Wandered in to Monty Python's Meaning of Life ("If you only see one movie this year, see this one too") instead. I'd see "Return" a few weeks later in Champaign.

No. There were no slave Leias bikinis anywhere. I looked. And looked. And looked.

To misquote Zippy, the 80's were a blur of Republicans and meat".
 
2013-03-15 11:48:27 AM
I still have Weird Al's first album (original), as well as Meet The Beatles, Introducing The Beatles, Gettin' Smile, and a bunch of others. Now I need a turntable.

/Age has some advantages.
 
2013-03-15 11:52:15 AM
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
 
2013-03-15 11:54:58 AM
Sorry, but "Revenge of the Jedi" sucked balls.
 
2013-03-15 12:00:49 PM
The moonwalk, GNU project, first American woman in space, KAL 007 shot down, Beirut Marine barracks attack, Begnino Aquino assassination, Klaus Barbie arrested, MLK Day becomes a national holiday, De Lorean ceases production of the DMC-12.   U2: War, Frank Zappa: Man From Utopia, The Police: Synchronicity, Suicidal Tendencies (self titled), Bauhaus: Burning from the Inside, Herbie Hancock: Future Shock, Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones, P-Funk All-Stars: Urban Dancefloor Geruillas, Bowie: Let's Dance, and I finished high school. It was a kind of busy year.  I was pretty high most ofthe time.
 
2013-03-15 12:02:50 PM

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?)
 
2013-03-15 12:04:13 PM

Dee Snarl: Frankenstorm: But I would say 1986 was the best year in the '80s.

/CSF

Well yeah.

[www.upfullife.com image 500x500]

[images.wikia.com image 850x850]

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 400x400]s+Bng+%5BFront+Cover%5D.j

 And, to me, this is honorary 1986:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x850]


You forgot cdn.mos.musicradar.com
 
2013-03-15 12:04:29 PM
That was a weird time.  I was as likely to be listening to Prince as I was Quiet Riot/Ratt/Crue as I was Men At Work or The Misfits.

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 think I remember like 90% of those videos.  And yeah Shaboo, I think the threat of nuclear annihilation was a weird thing to grow up under.  Somehow less real, but more scary than terrorism.  Of course, we had just come out from the Iran situ, so we had that too.

My school had a Vic 20, my neighbor had a C64, and I had ColecoVision.  We had only had cable and a microwave for two years in our house.

And Merry Go Round was the Hot Topic of those days, selling rock gear, before they went to Bugle Boys and OP shiat.  I remember I had a full-on Union Jack outfit, a la Joe Elliot that my folks bought me from there.
 
2013-03-15 12:05:01 PM
Ah, Lynne Austin. Classic.

i372.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-15 12:05:12 PM

cman: It was also the year that the great cman was born


And the Delectable Dezilith!
 
2013-03-15 12:09:24 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


YOU ARE THE ONE WHO STOLE MY LIFE!

CSB: I am currently in Kiev, Ukraine.  It is VERY 80's-era Soviet-looking here.  I felt like I had jumped into a Cold War propaganda film when we landed.
 
2013-03-15 12:13:24 PM

FloydA: The moonwalk, GNU project, first American woman in space, KAL 007 shot down, Beirut Marine barracks attack, Begnino Aquino assassination, Klaus Barbie arrested, MLK Day becomes a national holiday, De Lorean ceases production of the DMC-12.   U2: War, Frank Zappa: Man From Utopia, The Police: Synchronicity, Suicidal Tendencies (self titled), Bauhaus: Burning from the Inside, Herbie Hancock: Future Shock, Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones, P-Funk All-Stars: Urban Dancefloor Geruillas, Bowie: Let's Dance, and I finished high school. It was a kind of busy year.  I was pretty high most ofthe time.


mememachine.viralvideochart.com
 
2013-03-15 12:15:06 PM
We lived in a trailer, my dad was a drunk, we didn't own a car and my big wheel had a bad flat spot.  I can't leave '83 far enough behind.

/sadly all true.
//the worse part was we lived in SC, away from my grandparents and losing my grandpa before I got to know him.
 
2013-03-15 12:18:38 PM

Mr. Shabooboo: But of course we also
all had to worry if at any minute the Russians and Old Ronnie were gonna get us all vaporized.


Ahh yes, remember those wonderful 'air raid' drills where you'd get into the hallways or under your desks and cover your neck and head
 
2013-03-15 12:23:56 PM
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!
 
2013-03-15 12:32:50 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-03-15 12:37:53 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


The music was a mixed bag. I was pretty much punk/ska/new wave at the time. I'd just finished high school ('82),  moved to Santa Barbara, CA, and lost my virginity. Sa-weet.
 
2013-03-15 12:47:00 PM

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!


I graduated in '83 too. Saw the Cars in concert.

/a computer in my home? Why would I need one of those?
//Except for playing Space Invaders
 
2013-03-15 01:00:06 PM

IRQ12: [upload.wikimedia.org image 750x496]


Ronald Reagan?!? The actor?!? Then who was vice-president?!? Jerry Lewis?!?
 
2013-03-15 01:13:25 PM
It was also the year the longest winning streak in sport ended.

Australia II defeats Liberty to win the America's Cup.

/I come from a land Down Under.
 
2013-03-15 01:17:00 PM
I was in 3rd grade and got my ears pierced. Turned 10 at the end of '83.

/where is my cane? Nurse?
 
2013-03-15 01:19:31 PM

The Irresponsible Captain: IRQ12: [upload.wikimedia.org image 750x496]

Ronald Reagan?!? The actor?!? Then who was vice-president?!? Jerry Lewis?!?


And I suppose Jack Benny is the Secretary of the Treasury.
 
2013-03-15 01:19:46 PM
...and I saw Oingo Boingo, with opening act Wall of Voodoo at the Arlington Theater(?) in Santa Barbara. And it was awesome.
 
2013-03-15 01:21:00 PM
Damn I feel old.
 
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