Monday, June 12, 2006

Some 80's humor

I have seen several top 20 lists listed in various media sources. The newspaper will often supply them in a humor section. In some cases, mailing groups centered around humor will send them to your e-mail. Here is one that I came across. These are just ten of them. I thought it was pretty funny because I found it to be very true. Take a look...

You're an 80's child if...

1. You wanted to be on StarSearch
2. You can remember what Michael Jackson looked like before his nose fell off.
3. You knew what Willis was "talkin' 'bout"
4. You know that another name for a keyboard is a "Synthesizer."
5. You wore french rolls on the botom of your splatter painted jeans.
6. You fell victim to 80's fashion: big hair, crimped, combed over to the side, and you wore spandex pants
7. You knew "The Artist" when he was humbly called "Prince."
8. You Believed that "By the power of Greyskull, you HAD the power!"
9. You ever had a Swatch Watch
10. You own any cassettes

Friday, June 09, 2006

You had to have seen the movie...

The other day I was watching TV and an advertisement came on with the teacher from Ferris Bueller came on. He was in the classroom setting calling “Bueller…Bueller…Bueller”. I instantly cracked up laughing. The commercial was taken from the movie with the same teacher. Once I saw the commercial, I had to get the movie and watch it with my wife.
Ferris Bueller was a 80’s classic. My wife is not an 80’s fan and does not see the movie as a classic, but rather a decent movie. I remember growing up and wishing I could pull something off like Ferris did and be able to skip school having a good time. Of course, my principle was not as dumb as the one on TV.
I have often wondered why Matthew Broderick ended up in the movie stinkers such as Godzilla and Inspector Gadget after making it big with a movie like that. Allan Ruck did well with “Spin City” and seems to have had a better career than Broderick. Then there was Mia Sara, who seems to fallen off the planet. I have seen her in some guest spots on CSI, but that is pretty much it. It was such a good movie, but most of the actors seemed to have taken a downward plunge in their acting career after this movie.
Some have said that many of the 80’s movie stars just don’t have the staying power that they once used to. Maybe so, but I will always love watching some of the 80’s classics when many of these actors were at the top of their game.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Where's the beef?

One of the biggest catch phrases during the 80’s came from a Wendy’s commercial slating the phrase “Where’s the beef?” The phrase seemed to catch on not because of the words themselves, but rather because of the commercial itself and the grumpier old lady asking “Where’s the beef?” I heard a wav sample of that commercial the other day and it got me thinking about other key phrases that were said during the 80’s. Often, it was not the words that were being said, but the people that said them that made the phrase so significant. Here are just a few.

1. Trickle down economics
2. What you talkin’ about Willis
3. I pity the fool!
4. Hasta La Vista Baby!
5. Read my lips. No new taxes!
6. Don’t have a cow
7. Take a chill pill
8. I have the power!
9. I want my MTV
10. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Help, I am having 80's flashbacks!

There are some people who tell me that they know I was a child of the 80's. Every now and then I make comments about the 80's pop culture or get on a 80's music craze. I am sure I am not alone and there are others who get strange looks when they can quote phrases from Ferris Bueller's Day Off or the Breakfast Club.
I don't care if people think I am crazy. I love the 80's! I remember when dressing like Don Johnson's "Sonny Crockett" was considered cool. Only in the 80's. There was something unique about the 80's that set this decade apart from all the others. Sure, it had it's problems with various social issues. However, the 80's was a time period where not only it was cool to blend in with the crowd and be caught up in the latest fades, but it was also a search for individuality within the masses.
The 80's can be seen as the gateway into other decades. In Target Stores you can buy countless Play Station games. The video game industry is booming right now. With all the games out there, most people forget during the 80's a video game called Pac-Man swept the nation with a company called Atari. I remember if you owned an Atari system, you were considered fortunate. A lot has changed over the last two decades, and having seen all that progress, I am proud to say I was a child of the 80's.