The other day while watching the ‘Golden Girls,’ one of them mentioned they were 55 years old.
I was horrified! Only because I’m now officially only 5 years away from that age! When I watched that show in the 80’s, I thought they were such cute old grannies. Now I’m one of them!
‘Alright, get a grip girl,’ I said to myself. There’s actually a lot of great reasons to be happy about the time when I was born. Granted, I don’t remember anything of the 60’s, but the 70’s were fun. My 70’s decade was filled with dangerous toys and getting in touch with my artsy, crafty side.
Another favorite of mine from the 70’s to the 80’s was watching the ‘Soul Train’ line. The fashion, the music, the dancing… whooo, that was a lot for a kid to take in. But I loved it!
Speaking of trains, 1976 was the time to celebrate America’s Bicentennial with the Freedom Train. This train traveled across the country with historic artifacts from our nation’s history. None of which I remember.
I just remember standing in line for TWO HOURS in the heat watching my grandfather smoking cigarettes and putting them out with his foot on the parking lot asphalt. Yea, that was kind of a bust. Oh, but it gets so much better!
My favorite 70’s memory came a year later when I saw a little film called Star Wars.
I was 11 years old and it was epic! The movie theater was electric with applause and cheering… so much fun! Beat the heck out of Grease. (Sorry, but it’s true.)
Now, going into the 80’s I have to say, it was good to be young when you consider the fashion trends at the time.
There were a lot of 40 year old Madonna wannabes, and I thought, ‘How sad to be in your 40’s and wish you were a teenager.’ Hmm, more on that later. I still had yet to learn about the facts of life. And to be honest, this show wasn’t very helpful.
But it was still fun to watch Jo and Blair bicker at each other.
After graduating from high school, I was off to college to work on one of those new Mac computers the school just purchased.
Yep, it was ‘totally rad.’
Another 80’s trend was new wave music featuring the synthesizer. A LOT of synthesizer. It was really starting to get on my nerves. Some of it was alright, but when I discovered U2, something just resonated with me. And then when the Joshua Tree tour came around to L.A., it took over!
I’m not kidding. U2 played five sold out nights (that’s FIVE) at the Sports Arena. To this day, if I mention the concert to anyone who is about my age and was living in Southern California at that time, they either saw the concert, or weren’t allowed to go because they were too young, or just decided not to go. But they KNEW about it. And to this day it’s still one of the best concerts I ever attended.
Now if sports was more your thing, LA had that too in the 80’s. I’m not a sports fan, but one of my favorite memories is sitting in the living room with my family watching ‘Showtime.’ And I don’t mean the cable channel. Nope, the stars of this show were the Lakers and their announcer Chick Hearn.
That was the best! The energy, the rivalries, the quest for the three-peat. Loved it! I really haven’t paid attention to sports since then.
At the end of the 80’s, I did what all my other friends were doing. Got married and started a new life. Marriage is a lot of work, but against all odds, my friends and I are still married to our first loves. ❤
Coming up in part two: a recession, a baby and the beginning of a new reality for television, and our family.