What were the 1980s like?

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    Jan 03, 2013 9:39 PM GMT
    Reaganomics, Maggie Thatcher, lycra, gimme everything boys.
    Oh, and I also would like to know about the start of the AIDS epidemic. I've read some books from the time, and they paint a picture of worry and apprehension. Was this true?
  • AMoonHawk

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    Jan 03, 2013 9:51 PM GMT
    The 80's were different for everyone .. just like now ... it depended what was going on in your life ... personally I went for extremely good times to some bad times. I was in a relationship of convenience in which we had both good times and bad times, eventually broke that off and had a blast until I moved away, then I hit hard times. For the most part I think Cyndi Laupers song 'Girls just want to have fun' says a lot about those times. HIV/AIDS didn't really Make an impact on my life until the late 80's, probably because I was not in the east or west coast, though I did have friends in the mid 80's that were diagnosed with HIV, but never kept friends long enough or got close enough to fully see what AIDS was doing. It wasn't until I volunteer at an HIV organization that I became aware of how devastating AIDS was. Many suffered from wasting and died. I don't like to think too much about those times and to this day I won't read and novels that have HIV/AIDS in their story line. I guess it left me sort of traumatized.
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    Jan 03, 2013 9:51 PM GMT
    Just this morning, I was wondering where all the hackey sacks went to? Maybe that was more 70's...

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    Or are they still around and just everybody that I know is simply too old for it...

    Anyway, I was in college for the entire decade, mostly locked in windowless laboratories, so I didn't really experience what was going on in the outside world.

    OK, That's too glib. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, as usual.

    MTV started up and actually played music all day. Many popular musicians actually knew how to play music. Some even wrote their own stuff. New Wave rolled in and people who should know better, plus Muhdonna started speaking in fake british accents. icon_rolleyes.gif Schools stopped teaching math with slide rules. Personal computers appeared and people actually started finding uses for them. However, we still wrote letters to each other and mailed them through the post office. Few people on campus had a telephone. You could call over to a dorm and hope that someone would pick up the hallway phone, then run and find the person you wanted to talk to.

    There was the rise of the Reaganots. The CIA kept a dozen nasty little wars going to prevent democracy in latin america and elsewhere. They started up the draft again. The first of my friends died of AIDS right out of high-school (blood transfusion.) I called him up when I got back for summer break and was told "Oh, he got sick and died." icon_eek.gif People got randomly arrested for possession of pornography. The federal government got into the business of prosecuting bands that were randomly labeled "obscene." Factories were closing down. Nobody back home seemed to have a job.

    Just the usual sort of stuff, really.
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    Jan 03, 2013 9:53 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidThe 80's were different for everyone .. just like now ... it depended what was going on in your life ... personally I went for extremely good times to some bad times. I was in a relationship of convenience in which we had both good times and bad times, eventually broke that off and had a blast until I moved away, then I hit hard times. For the most part I think Cyndi Laupers song 'Girls just want to have fun' says a lot about those times. HIV/AIDS didn't really Make an impact on my life until the late 80's, probably because I was not in the east or west coast, though I did have friends in the mid 80's that were diagnosed with HIV, but never kept friends long enough or got close enough to fully see what AIDS was doing. It wasn't until I volunteer at an HIV organization that I became aware of how devastating AIDS was. Many suffered from wasting and died. I don't like to think too much about those times and to this day I won't read and novels that have HIV/AIDS in their story line. I guess it left me sort of traumatized.

    Thank you.
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    Jan 03, 2013 9:53 PM GMT
    Best cartoons ever.

  • HottJoe

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    Jan 03, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    They were a nightmare for gay men and anyone growing up gay. Yet almost all the male rock stars looked sort of tranny.
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    Totally fantastic, to the max!
    I remember this like it was yesterday. icon_razz.gif
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    Jan 03, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidThey were a nightmare for gay men and anyone growing up gay. Yet almost all the male rock stars looked sort of tranny.
    I remember being taught/told lots of horrible things about gays, and gay was a cruel derogatory slur. Didn't stop me from coming out at 14.
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    Jan 03, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
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    HottJoe saidThey were a nightmare for gay men and anyone growing up gay. Yet almost all the male rock stars looked sort of tranny.
    I remember being taught/told lots of horrible things about gays, and gay was a cruel derogatory slur. Didn't stop me from coming out at 14.


    I came out as bi at 15, gay at 16, but that was in the 90s. I was a freshman in hs the year Curt Cobain died.icon_sad.gif
  • BardBear

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    Jan 03, 2013 10:19 PM GMT
    You can look at it as a rehashing of the fifties--the war was won then and everything tried to bounce back to the way things were before. In this case, an elected president, Reagan, was even from the fifties, so it seemed like that was going to happen.

    And also like the 50's, there was an undercurrent that "things weren't right." The president kept talking about how the USSR was a problem, just like in the fifties, but they weren't. Marriages looked stable, but the divorce rate shot up. Everyone looked financially secure, but the economy was in the tank.

    Remember how, in the 50's, true bubble gum pop hit the airways? With the invention of MTV, music became, again, the soundtrack--and it was all one hit wonders after another. Fashion was made fun of then as much as it is now. Hair was big. We make fun of the youth showing their underwear elastic. Back then? Boxer shorts were peeping out at the bottom of OP shorts. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Weightlifting and bodybuilding became hugely popular and gyms expanded with the popularity of Arnold. I remember steriods slamming onto the scene.

    As for being gay, there was truly a play on crossdressing (Boy George, anyone), but again, like the fifites, it wasn't mentioned outwardly. AIDS reared it's ugly head and the closets were forced open. It was a bit scary for those of us with out family members. No one understood the disease but saw its terrifying effects.

    It forced me to be really secretative about my existence and that hurt-a lot. Times were very, very different. There was worry, but outwards? Everything appeared to be fine.

    In otherwords, everyone seemed to be really misinformed.

    Peace,
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    Jan 03, 2013 10:21 PM GMT
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  • TheBizMan

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    Jan 03, 2013 10:41 PM GMT
    Thank god I never had to see that horrendous decade.
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    Jan 03, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    TheBizMan saidThank god I never had to see that horrendous decade.


    Aww, it had its horrible downsides, but there was also a whole lot of fun to be had.
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    Jan 03, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    Narciso saidBest cartoons ever.



    There was some awfully cool culture in the 80's!
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    Jan 03, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    I remember an Oprah episode where she interviewed a man with AIDS from a small West Virginia town. She had the town's residents in the same room to give their feedback and there was a lot of negativity shown towards this man. I was a teenager back then and I developed a lot of fear for the disease but I think that fear taught me a lot to overcome my lack of knowledge for the disease. It also served as a stepping stone to learning that biased attitudes can be poisonous to my character and how important it is to understand the perspectives of other people.

    But not everything in the 80's was negative. Back then, MTV actually showed music videos, Nintendo created Super Mario Bros and Legend of Zelda and artist such as Madonna and Michael Jackson rocked the pop charts! It was fun and I had a blast!
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    Jan 03, 2013 10:44 PM GMT
    showme said
    TheBizMan saidThank god I never had to see that horrendous decade.


    Aww, it had its horrible downsides, but there was also a whole lot of fun to be had.


    I sang my interpretation of Cher doing Half Breed for Moon Unit Zappa in the 80's. Her reaction was, like, OMG, I love that, like, Chastity's my best friend.

    Just thought I'd share that too.
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    Jan 03, 2013 10:45 PM GMT
    GAMRican said
    Narciso saidBest cartoons ever.



    There was some awfully cool culture in the 80's!

    Thundercats! It was probably the best.
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    Jan 03, 2013 11:04 PM GMT
    I like 80's music but the fashion was atrocious.
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    Jan 03, 2013 11:05 PM GMT
    Shyguy_1986 saidI like 80's music but the fashion was atrocious.


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    Jan 03, 2013 11:12 PM GMT
    showme said
    Shyguy_1986 saidI like 80's music but the fashion was atrocious.


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    Jan 04, 2013 12:24 AM GMT
    Shyguy_1986 said

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    Oh yeah, the 80's were horrible fashion wise...thank GOD you younger have come to your senses!

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    Jan 04, 2013 12:28 AM GMT
    I was in a time warp so this thread will be interesting.
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    Jan 04, 2013 12:38 AM GMT
    I kind of loved the bad fashion. You just didn't have to try; everyone looked like shit. Good old days.

    We didn't have Baby Gap. I have some of my school photos still, where I am wearing bad bad clothes. I wore a shirt with Coca Cola across it for one school photo. I didn't even think twice about it.
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    Jan 04, 2013 1:56 AM GMT
    Like everyone, I have good and bad memories of the 80s. The music was cool and upbeat, the big hair and shoulder pads still look smart to me. Our home is decorated with 80s-early 90s striking colors, my black laquer dining room table being one example. Sometimes I miss those days. If only I knew then what I know now......
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    Jan 04, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    Shyguy_1986 said

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    Oh yeah, the 80's were horrible fashion wise...thank GOD you younger have come to your senses!

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    Sorry but no cigar. Nobody wears that stuff. And I'll say that 3 out of 4 of the outfits on the third pic look pretty good.