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Following up on my 1977 geeklist (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/21835) I looked at 1987, but wow that was a miserable year! Instead 1982 - 25 Years Ago - seems like another good year to write a geeklist about.

Music wasn't as amazing as 1977, but there are other landmark events in films, technology and the world. I've focused on upbeat stuff to a large extent as we seem to get enough bad news....

I've stolen large chunks of the text below from various sources on the internet, mainly Amazon & Wikipedia, which I have again mercilessly hacked to pieces edited and added in my own comments. As such all errors are likely to be my fault.

I've meandered around films, music, TV, books, games and events.

I remember a lot more about 1982 than I did about 1977, but again I am no expert, so feel free to add your own comments or additions to this list where I have missed something crucial!
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1. Board Game: Blade Runner [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Blade Runner
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FILMS: Blade Runner
Blade Runner is an influential 1982 cyberpunk, neo-noir film directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, loosely based on the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick. It features Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah and Joanna Cassidy.

The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants, visually indistinguishable from adult humans, are used for dangerous and degrading work in Earth's "off-world colonies." After replicants became illegal on Earth, specialist police units called "blade runners" were trained to hunt down and "retire" (kill) escaped replicants on Earth. The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of replicants hiding in Los Angeles and a semi-retired blade runner, Rick Deckard (Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment.

Blade Runner initially polarized critics; some were displeased with the pacing, while others enjoyed its thematic complexity. The film performed poorly in North American theaters but achieved success overseas. Despite poor early ticket sales, it has since become a cult classic. Blade Runner has been hailed for its production design, one said to depict a "retrofitted future". The film is credited with prefiguring important concerns of the 21st century, such as globalization and genetic engineering. It remains a leading example of the cyberpunk and neo-noir genres. Blade Runner brought author Philip K. Dick to the attention of Hollywood and a number of films have since been made from his writings. Ridley Scott regards Blade Runner as his "most complete and personal film."

There were politics and difficulties on set, particularly with the British director's experiences with his first American crew. Scott's directing style caused friction with the cast and likely contributed to Harrison Ford's subsequent reluctance to discuss the film. Producer Alan Ladd, Jr. said that Scott and Ford "stopped speaking to each other." He added: "Harrison wouldn't speak to Ridley and Ridley wouldn't speak to Harrison. By the end of the shoot Ford was "ready to kill Ridley," said one colleague. He really would have taken him on if he hadn't been talked out of it."
Ridley Scott was recently asked "Who's the biggest pain in the arse you've ever worked with?" He replied: "It's got to be Harrison...he'll forgive me because now I get on with him. Now he's become charming. But he knows a lot, that's the problem. When we worked together it was my first film up and I was the new kid on the block. But we made a good movie." More recently in 2006, Ford reflected on the production of the film saying: "What I remember more than anything else when I see Blade Runner is not the 50 nights of shooting in the rain, but the voiceover... I was still obliged to work for these clowns that came in writing one bad voiceover after another."

Despite the initial appearance of an action film, Blade Runner operates on an unusually rich number of dramatic levels. As with much of the cyberpunk genre, it owes a large debt to film noir, containing and exploring such conventions as the femme fatale, a Chandleresque first-person narration (removed in later versions), and the questionable moral outlook of the Hero - extended here to include even the humanity of the hero, as well as the usual dark and shadowy cinematography.

It is one of the most literate science fiction films, both thematically enfolding the philosophy of religion and moral implications of the increasing human mastery of genetic engineering, within the context of classical Greek drama and its notions of hubris and linguistically, drawing on the poetry of William Blake and the Bible.

Blade Runner delves into the future implications of technology on the environment and society by reaching into the past using literature, religious symbolism, classical dramatic themes and film noir. This tension between past, present and future is apparent in the retrofitted future of Blade Runner, which is high-tech and gleaming in places but elsewhere decayed and old.

Three official and authorized Blade Runner novels have been written by Philip K. Dick's friend K. W. Jeter that continue the story of Rick Deckard and attempt to resolve many of the differences between Blade Runner and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?.

Blade Runner 2: The Edge of Human (1995)
Blade Runner 3: Replicant Night (1996)
Blade Runner 4: Eye and Talon (2000)

David Peoples, who co-wrote Blade Runner and wrote the 1998 film Soldier, has said that Soldier is intended to be what he calls a "sidequel" to Blade Runner. Soldier takes place in the same fictional universe, and the spinners used in Blade Runner are also used in Soldier. However, Soldier is an informal sequel as it was never formally approved by the Blade Runner partnership, which owns the rights to the Blade Runner universe.

Ridley Scott apparently toyed with the idea of a sequel film, which would have been titled Metropolis. However, the project was ultimately shelved due to rights issues. A script was also written for a proposed sequel entitled Blade Runner Down, which would have been based on K. W. Jeter's first Blade Runner sequel novel.
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2. Board Game: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Card Game [Average Rating:3.09 Unranked]
Board Game: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Card Game
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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote. It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends a benign alien, dubbed E.T., who is stranded on Earth. Elliott, and his brother and sister, help the alien return home, while keeping it hidden from their mother and the government.

The concept for E.T. came from an imaginary friend Spielberg created after his parents' divorce. When work on Night Skies stalled, Spielberg met screenwriter Melissa Mathison, who he hired to pen the script for E.T.. The film was shot during the fall of 1981 in California on a budget of $10.5 million. To create convincing emotional performances from the young cast, the film was shot in roughly chronological order.

When released, the film became a box office hit, beating Star Wars to become the most financially successful film yet released. Critics acclaimed it as a timeless story of friendship, and it is considered one of the greatest films ever made. The alien became the subject of analogies for Jesus. The film was re-released in 1985 and 2002, with altered special effects and additional scenes for the 2002 version of the film. Spielberg considers it to be the film that best epitomizes his work.

E.T. began shooting in September 1981. To keep production a secret, the project was filmed under the title A Boy's Life, as Spielberg did not want anyone to know the plot and plagiarize it. The actors had to read the script behind closed doors, and anyone on set had to wear ID cards. Spielberg shot the film in roughly chronological order to get convincing emotional performances from his cast. In the scene where Michael first encounters the alien, the creature's appearance caused MacNaughton to jump back and knock down the shelves behind him.
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3. Board Game: The Thing in the Darkness [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
Board Game: The Thing in the Darkness
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The Thing
John Carpenter's apocalyptic The Thing was released in cinemas just two weeks after E.T. in 1982. The two movies could hardly have presented more contrasting ideas about extra-terrestrial life, and it was Carpenter's uncompromisingly bleak vision that lost out at the box-office. But his audacious remake of the Howard Hawks 1951 B-movie The Thing from Another World has since been acknowledged as a classic in its own right, not only for its pioneering makeup and special effects techniques, but also for its bold treatment of an alien "infection" that eerily foreshadows AIDS-inspired blood contamination scares.

Whizzkid Rob Bottin was responsible for the surreal and stomach-churning make-up effects that are so crucial a part of the film's success--without his utterly convincing creations Carpenter would never have been able to make a monster movie without a "man in a suit"--and filming on a glacier in British Columbia ensured the complete authenticity of the Antarctic setting.

Kurt Russell leads a strong all-male cast who powerfully convey their isolation and distrust of one another--in more ways than one this is a film about alienation. The uneasy atmosphere is enhanced by an icily monochrome score from Ennio Morricone, as a series of unforgettable horror set-pieces lead to a wonderfully downbeat finale.
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4. Board Game: Horror House [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
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Poltergeist
Poltergeist is a memorable supernatural horror film from co-producer/co-writer Steven Spielberg who teamed with director Tobe Hopper (known for his cult horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)). It was Spielberg's first smash hit as a co-producer paired with Frank Marshall.

This classic 'haunted house ghost story' is fascinating to watch, with its extraordinary special effects created by George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic team, and a screenplay by Spielberg, Michael Grais, and Mark Victor. However, in the early 80s, it was criticized for only receiving a PG rating, given its intense scenes of horror - accentuated by the new Dolby sound system technology. In reaction (in part), the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in 1984 created a new ratings category - PG-13.

Poltergeist is the first and most successful Poltergeist film and was nominated for three Oscars. The film's plot revolves around the haunting of a suburban family home that is suspected to be the work of poltergeists.

The film is often referred to as cursed because of the murder of Dominique Dunne and early death of Heather O'Rourke, as well as the fact that actress JoBeth Williams has pointed out in television interviews that she was actually told that the skeletons used in the well-known swimming pool scene in the first Poltergeist film were real. Craig Reardon, a special effects artist who worked on the film, commented at the time that it was cheaper to purchase real skeletons than plastic ones as the plastic ones involved labor in making them.

The house featured in the movie is a real home which still stands today in Simi Valley, California. Location scouts for the studio decided upon Roxbury Street, Simi Valley after realizing it met all of their requirements. The homes were new and, at the time, the land behind the street was free, allowing plenty of access for the studio trucks. The studio didn't tell the residents that the street was to be used in a Spielberg film as they would've demanded more money. Instead they were told it was for a low budget horror and by way of payment the residents were offered free landscaping on their front gardens.
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5. Board Game: Student Survival [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Student Survival
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UK TV: The Young Ones
Starring: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer

A mad, helter-skelter, rude, awesomely violent, unpredictable, swaggering, staggering, joyously infantile, exhilarating steamroller of a sitcom, The Young Ones provided the breakthrough for the new generation of aggressive and forthright 'alternative' comedians.

Mayall, Mayer and Ben Elton wrote the scripts, with Mayall and Mayer working as a team and Elton alone; the two elements had to be combined for every script, Elton later saying that this method accounted for the show's lack of discipline which, perversely, greatly added to its appeal. The writers decided to call their series The Young Ones.

The premise was simple: the series depicted a flatshare from hell, with four anarchic, lazy, dysfunctional students living on the breadline and hating and abusing one another. But it was the style of The Young Ones rather than the idea that gave the show its individuality. It gloriously reflected the free-basing, high-octane, in-your-face, unpredictable quality of 'alternative' comedy and turned its back on all of the old, established rules and cliches of television humour to present 35 minutes of rampaging, violent slapstick which had more in common with Warner Bros cartoons than with situation comedy as known to this point. A huge range of bizarre ideas was tethered to the loosest possible storylines and confusion was deliberately added by sudden cutaways to characters and situations not involved in the plot. The show also had musical guests - a first for a sitcom - whose appearances somehow had to be accommodated within the story. Whatever its merits or shortcomings, The Young Ones certainly succeeded in looking different, and that was half the battle won. The 'establishment', at first, was horrified and reviled in equal measure.

In the final episode, 'Summer Holiday', the main characters were killed off when their double-decker bus exploded after tumbling over a cliff.
The 12 episodes of The Young Ones featured many other members of the comedy cabaret circuit in guest roles, many appearing on TV for the first time. These included Mark Arden and Stephen Frost, Keith Allen, Helen Atkinson Wood, Jim Barclay, Chris Barrie, Arnold Brown, Robbie Coltrane, Lee Cornes, Andy de la Tour, the co-writer Ben Elton, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Gareth Hale and Norman Pace, Lenny Henry, Helen Lederer, Norman Lovett, Pauline Melville, Paul Merton, Daniel Peacock, David Rappaport, Tony Robinson and Emma Thompson. Not The Nine O'Clock News stars Mel Smith and Griff Rhys Jones also appeared, as did Terry Jones from Monty Python. Alexei Sayle appeared in many episodes, principally as Jerzy Balowski, the landlord of their slum, but also as other members of this mad East European family. (He wrote these sections himself.) But, undeniably anarchic though The Young Ones was, its main protagonists have realised, in retrospect, that it followed quite a traditional sitcom pattern - the four members were cast as a conventional surrogate family unit, with Mike as the father, Neil in the mother role and Rik and Vivian as the two bickering teenage kids. In the midst of all the mayhem, it was difficult to spot this at the time.
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6. Board Game: Gizzajob [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Gizzajob
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Boys From The Black Stuff
Boys from The Blackstuff is a British television drama series of five episodes, originally transmitted from October 10 to November 7, 1982 on BBC2.

The serial was written by Liverpudlian playwright Alan Bleasdale, as a sequel to a television play, The Black Stuff. It is described on the website of the British Film Institute as: "[A] seminal drama series... a warm, humorous but ultimately tragic look at the way economics affect ordinary people... TV's most complete dramatic response to the Thatcher era and as a lament to the end of a male, working class British culture."

Boys from The Blackstuff follows the stories of five unemployed tarmac layers (hence 'the black stuff') after they have lost their jobs. Set in Bleasdale's home city of Liverpool and reflecting many of his own experiences of life in the city, each episode focused on a different member of the group. The series was highly acclaimed for its powerful and emotional depiction of the desperation wreaked by high unemployment, and was noted by many reviewers as a critique of the Margaret Thatcher administration which was seen as being responsible for the fate of many of the working class unemployed.

By far the most memorable of the characters was Yosser Hughes, a man driven to the edge of his sanity by the loss of his job, his wife and the authorities' continued attempts to take his children away from him. His catchphrases, "gissa' job!" and "I can do that!" became part of the popular consciousness of the eighties, summing up the mood of many who sought desperately for work during the era.

Hughes was played by Bernard Hill, who subsequently went on to find fame acting in various films and television series, including appearances in the blockbuster movies Titanic and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The serial also helped to establish the career of Julie Walters.

The series was so successful upon its original broadcast that only nine weeks after it had finished transmission, it was re-shown on the higher-profile BBC1. It was also transmitted again on BBC2 as part of that station's twenty-fifth anniversary season in 1989. In 1983 it won the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Serial, and in the year 2000 was placed seventh in a British Film Institute poll of industry professionals to find the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century. It was also named as one of the forty greatest television shows in a 2003 list compiled by the Radio Times magazine's chief television writer Alison Graham. In March 2007, Channel 4 broadcast a "Top 50 Dramas", based on input from industry professionals rather than the public, which had Boys from the Blackstuff at number two.
 
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7. Board Game: Knight Rider [Average Rating:4.26 Unranked]
Board Game: Knight Rider
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US TV: Knight Rider
The series was broadcast on NBC and starred David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a kind of modern-day "knight" who drove an advanced smart car with artificial intelligence. Conceived and produced by Glen A. Larson, the show was an instant hit and inspired a sub-genre of high-tech crimefighter series. "I wanted to do The Lone Ranger with a car," Larson said in The Last Great Ride. "Kind of a sci-fi thing, with the soul of a western."

Debuting in 1982, the show was an instant hit, and inspired several other "crimefighter plus high-tech vehicle" series, such as Airwolf, Viper, Street Hawk, Blue Thunder and The Highwayman.

David Hasselhoff's ex-wife Catherine Hickland starred in 3 Knight Rider episodes. Ironically, after their divorce, she went on to marry Michael E. Knight, a soap opera star.

Glen Larson admits to not spending enough money on season one of Knight Rider. Part of the cheesiness of the show people pick on is the constant use of stock footage, and sometimes, miniatures. The season one episode, 'Not a drop to drink' re-used footage from Superman: The Movie of a dam bursting and the rocks that stop the flow of the water. The producers found that buying the famous footage from Warner Brothers was actually cheaper than trying to recreate the scene themselves.

When Knight Rider aired in syndication, 30-minute versions of the first season and many second season episodes were prepared and was aired by some television stations. These 30-minute versions (22 minutes minus commercials) cut many significant sections of the show out and deleted entire subplots and characters to fit the shows into this vastly shortened time-frame. These heavily cut episodes were, understandably, not popular and did not continue to be aired for long. However, these edited versions also turned up overseas, including the United Kingdom, as recently as 2000.

During David Hasselhoff's first audition, he bombed when he entered the room. Asking for a second try, he repeatedly yelled at himself in the mirror, "I am the Knight Rider, I am the Knight Rider!. Upon his second try, he nailed the audition and was hired.

In May 2006, The Weinstein Company acquired film rights to adapt Knight Rider from series creator Larson. He expressed his interest in the film adaptation as a potential franchise property. The following September, Hasselhoff invited actor Orlando Bloom to portray Knight's son in the film adaptation, but Bloom turned down the offer. In April 2007, Hasselhoff said that the film was in development at Miramax, and that he would at least have a cameo in the film.
 
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8. Board Game: Cheers [Average Rating:4.17 Unranked]
Board Game: Cheers
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Cagney and Lacey on CBS with Reading, Pa.-born actress Meg Foster, 33 (later Los Angeles-born actress Sharon Gless, now 38) as New York detective Christine Cagney, Madison, Wis.-born actress (Ellen) Tyne Daly, 35, as her partner Mary Beth Lacey (to 5/16/1988);

Family Ties on NBC with Edmonton-born actor Michael J. Fox, 21, as Alex P. Keaton; Meredith Baxter, 37, as his mother, Elyse (to 5/17/1989);

Cheers on NBC with San Diego-born actor Ted Danson, 34, Fort Wayne, Ind.-born actress Shelley Long, 33, Brooklyn, N.Y.-born actress Rhea Perlman, 34 (to 8/19/1993);

St. Elsewhere on NBC with Beverly, Mass.-born actor David Morse, 29, Ed Flanders, 47 (to 5/25/1988).
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9. Board Game: Operation Michael [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:7146]
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Music: Thriller
December 1 - Thriller is released by superstar Michael Jackson and goes on to be by far the biggest selling album of all time with worldwide sales reaching over 104 million copies.

The album also became the first in history to spawn seven top-ten Billboard Hot 100 hit singles, including "Billie Jean", which was the first music video by a black artist to receive regular airplay on MTV, "Beat It", and the album's title track, which was accompanied by a revolutionary music video. The thirteen-minute "Thriller" was critically acclaimed and massive airplay lead to it being packaged with the featurette Making Michael Jackson's Thriller on VHS, where it became the best-selling music home video ever. Thriller spent 37 weeks at #1 and remained on the Billboard album chart for 122 weeks.

The second track released from the album and Jackson's highest-selling single ever, "Billie Jean", has been described as "one of the most sonically eccentric, psychologically fraught, downright bizarre things ever to land on Top 40 radio". It featured a new and revolutionary sound, one that made Jackson's idiosyncratic vocals a staple of pop music and established a sleek, post-soul tune "whose echoes can be heard to this day". Apart from the title track and the accompanying music video, the album's other memorable single was "Beat It", which Jackson described as "the type of rock song that I would go out and buy, but also something totally different from the rock music I was hearing on Top Forty radio". The song was a crossover hit, buoyed by a "watch-my-fingers-fly guitar solo provided by Eddie Van Halen".

Apart from establishing Jackson's iconic status and a new pop sound, Thriller revolutionized the music industry, which was watching in anticipation as the juggernaut comfortably and steadily broke record after record. Gil Friesen, President of A&M Records, stated that "the whole industry has a stake in this success". At its height, Thriller was an industry in and of itself, with the Making of Michael Jackson's Thriller, a videotape describing the secrets behind the new music video that was released in the Christmas of 1983, going on to sell 350,000 copies by March 1984.

The main influence Thriller had on the industry involved raising the importance of the album as a means of musical distribution. After Thriller, which, by posting seven top ten Hot 100 hits, had shattered traditional notions of how many singles an album could release before falling in popularity, record companies took an interest in following Michael Jackson's approach of releasing high-profile albums once every few years. Although the importance of singles relative to albums had started to wane before the 1980s, Thriller firmly established the album as the dominant force in the music industry, a status it retains to this day.

TIME magazine summed up the impact of Thriller as follows: "For a record industry stuck on the border between the ruins of punk and the chic regions of synthesizer pop, Thriller was a thorough restoration of confidence, a rejuvenation. Its effect on listeners, especially younger ones, was nearer to a revelation". Additionally, Thriller marked the return of black music to commercial radio for the first time in years, leading Quincy Jones to the following characterization of the doors opened by Michael Jackson: "No doubt about it, he's taken us right up there where we belong. Black music had to play second fiddle for a long time, but its spirit is the whole motor of pop. Michael has connected with every soul in the world". By overcoming what some have called the "apartheid of pop", Jackson paved the way for the success of future acts, most immediately and notably Prince, who had been confined to low levels of airplay before Thriller opened the floodgates.
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10. Board Game: Culture Crash [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Culture Crash
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Boy George & Culture Club
George Alan O'Dowd, better known as Boy George (born June 14, 1961 in UK), is a pop singer-songwriter. George grew up in a large, working-class Irish family, which originated in Co. Tipperary.

The group abandoned another name, Sex Gang Children, and settled on the name Culture Club after assessing that the group consisted of an Irish singer, a Jamaican-Briton on bass, a Jewish drummer, and an Englishman on guitar.

The band signed with Virgin Records in the UK and with Epic Records in America, and released its debut album Kissing To Be Clever in 1982. The album's third single, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?", enjoyed massive success. It reached #1 in sixteen countries (#2 U.S.), and the group became a staple on American radio and the new MTV network. This single was followed by "Time (Clock Of The Heart)" (not on the UK LP), which reached #2, and "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", which reached #9. This gave Culture Club the distinction of being the first group since the Beatles to amass at least three top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 from a debut album.
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11. Board Game: UNO: High School Musical [Average Rating:4.04 Unranked]
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Musical Youth
Musical Youth formed in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School, Birmingham, England. This pop/reggae influenced group, featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant, plus Junior and Patrick Waite. The latter pair's father, Frederick Waite, was a former member of Jamaican group The Techniques, and sang lead with Junior at the start of the group's career in the late 1970s.

During the winter of 1982, the group issued one of the fastest-selling singles of the year in "Pass the Dutchie". Based on the Mighty Diamonds "Pass The Kouchie" (a song about marijuana), the title had been subtly altered to feature the patois "dutchie" ,referring to a type of pot used for cooking. This idea is reinforced throughout the political and economic overtones throughout the song about extreme poverty and Musical Youth asking the question "How does it feel when ya got no food?". The infectious enthusiasm of the group's performance captured the public's imagination, and duly propelled the record to Number 1 in the UK singles chart. It went on to sell over four million copies, and was nominated for a Grammy Award. A US Top 10 placing also followed. The video made them one of the first black artists to be played on MTV.
 
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12. Board Game: Portable Adventures: Iron Maidens [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Heavy Metal: Iron Maiden
1982 was a pretty good year for heavy metal. It saw the release of Iron Maiden's best album and one of Judas Priest's best. There were also strong efforts from Motorhead and Scorpions. A lot of metal fans aren't familiar with Tank and Raven, who made the year's Top 10, but it's worth your while to go back and check them out. In the larger scheme of things 1982 was a stronger year than 1981, but not as good as 1983, which would see some incredible albums released.

Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast

After losing their lead singer, Maiden found Bruce Dickinson and rebounded with their best album and one that is a true heavy metal classic. "Run To The Hills" and the title track are among the best singles you'll ever hear, and there is not a bit of filler on this album. It features spectacular and diverse songwriting, great vocals from Dickinson and is one of the best metal albums ever.
 
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13. Board Game: The Osbourne Family Trivia Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Ozzy
After leaving Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne had begun a solo career.
On "The Diary of a Madman" tour Osbourne's "trademark" for the tour was to throw raw meat into the crowd and soon the crowd responded by throwing disgusting things back at him. During one performance, on January 20 1982, an audience member threw a bat on stage. Thinking that it was rubber, Ozzy grabbed the bat and bit its head off. Osbourne is hospitalized with rabies. The media blew the incident out of proportion and Ozzy's record sales hit the roof.

March 19 - Ozzy Osbourne's lead guitarist, Randy Rhoads is killed in a freak accident in Leesburg, Florida when the plane he's riding in buzzes Osbourne's tour bus and crashes into a house. The plane's pilot and a female passenger are also killed

NTSB Accident Accident Report for Rhoads' plane crash
Randy Rhoads, 25, lead guitarist for heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne was killed when the plane in which he was a passenger crashed into a tour bus and a house. The pilot was attempting to buzz Osbourne's tour bus when after several attempts, the left wing struck the side of the bus puncturing it in two places approximately half way down the right side. The plane was thrown over the bus, hit a pine tree, severing it approximately 10 feet up from the bottom, before it crashed into the garage of a house. The plane was an estimated 10-11 feet off the ground traveling at approximately 120 - 150 knots during final impact. Several other members of the group were inside the bus but were not hurt. The pilot, Andrew Aycock's medical certificate (3rd class) had expired, making his pilots license invalid. All three aboard, Rhoads, Rachel Youngblood, the groups hairdresser and the pilot were killed. Poor judgement by the pilot in buzzing the bus and misjudging clearance of obstacles.
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14. Board Game: Saturday Night Live Trivia Board Game [Average Rating:5.62 Unranked]
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RIP: John Adam Belushi(January 24, 1949 - March 5, 1982)
John Belushi was an Emmy Award-winning American actor, comedian and musician, notable for his work on Saturday Night Live, National Lampoon's Animal House and The Blues Brothers.

Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois to Agnes B. Samaras, a first-generation Albanian American, and Adam Belushi, an Albanian immigrant and restaurant operator who left his native country in 1934 at the age of fifteen. Belushi was raised in the Albanian Orthodox religion and grew up outside Chicago in Wheaton, Illinois.

At the time of his death, Belushi was pursuing several movie projects and the roles of Dr. Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters and Emmett Fitz-Hume in Spies Like Us were written (by Aykroyd) with Belushi in mind. The roles wound up being played by Belushi's former SNL castmates Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, respectively. Aykroyd used to joke that the green ghost Slimer in Ghostbusters was "the ghost of John Belushi", given that he had a similar party animal personality.

Belushi was known for his drug usage, and it eventually cost him his life. On March 5, 1982 Belushi, age 33, was found at his room at Bungalow #3 of the Chateau Marmont on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California. The cause of death was a speedball, an injection of cocaine and heroin. On the night of his death, he was accompanied by friends Robin Williams and Robert De Niro (at the height of their own drug exploits), who later left the premises, leaving Belushi in the company of Cathy Smith. His death was investigated by forensic pathologist Dr. Ryan Norris among others, and while the findings were disputed, it was officially ruled a drug-related accident.

The case was reopened two months later, when Smith, a former groupie for The Band and an ex-girlfriend of Gordon Lightfoot, admitted in an interview with the National Enquirer that she had been with Belushi the night of his death and had given him the fatal speedball shot. After the appearance of the article "I Killed Belushi" in the Enquirer edition of June 29, 1982, the case was reopened. Smith was extradited from Toronto, arrested and charged with first-degree murder. A plea bargain arrangement reduced the charges to involuntary manslaughter, and she served 18 months in prison.

Belushi is interred in Abel's Hill Cemetery on Martha's Vineyard Chilmark, Massachusetts. His tombstone reads "I may be gone, but rock n roll lives on." His gravestone is not above his body. It was moved after operators of the cemetary had found many signs of vandalism and rowdiness where his body lays.
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15. Board Game: CD: Music Quiz [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Technology: Compact Discs
The first compact discs appear in music stores in Asia.
In October compact disc (CD) players are introduced by CBS/Sony and Philips; the CD is a 120-mm (4.7-in.) diameter plastic disk that uses tiny pits read by a laser to reproduce sound or other information. The first commercial CD is "52nd Street" by composer-singer Billy Joel.
In 1979 Philips and Sony set up a joint task force of engineers to design the new digital audio disc. Prominent members of the task force were Kees Immink and Toshitada Doi. After a year of experimentation and discussion, the taskforce produced the "Red Book", the Compact Disc standard. Philips contributed the general manufacturing process, based on video LaserDisc technology. Philips also contributed the Eight-to-Fourteen Modulation (EFM), which offers both a long playing time and a high resilience against disc handling damage such as scratches and fingerprints, while Sony contributed the error-correction method, CIRC. The Compact Disc Story, told by a former member of the taskforce, gives background information on the many technical decisions made, including the choice of the sampling frequency, playing time, and disc diameter. According to Philips, the Compact Disc was thus "invented collectively by a large group of people working as a team."

The Compact Disc reached the market in late 1982 in Asia, and early the following year in the United States and other markets. The first CDs available were 16 Japanese-made titles from CBS/Sony. This event is often seen as the "Big Bang" of the digital audio revolution. The new audio disc was enthusiastically received, especially in the early-adopting classical music and audiophile communities and its handling quality received particular praise. As the price of players sank rapidly, the CD began to gain popularity in the larger popular and rock music markets.
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16. Board Game: Plunder: The Commodore's Game [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Board Game: Plunder: The Commodore's Game
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Commodore 64
The Commodore 64 is the best-selling single personal computer model of all time. Released in August 1982 by Commodore Business Machines, the Commodore 64 is commonly referred to as the C64. The original Commodore 64 casing has affectionately been nicknamed the "breadbox" and "bullnose" due to its shape.

Introduced by Commodore Business Machines in August 1982 at a price of US$595 (then later reduced to US$200 in late 1983), it offered 64 kilobytes (64,210 bytes) of RAM with sound and graphics performance that were superior to IBM-compatible computers of that time. During the Commodore 64's lifetime (between 1982 and 1994), sales totaled around 17 million units.

Part of its success was due to the fact that it was sold in retail stores instead of electronics stores, and that Commodore produced many of its parts in-house to control supplies and cost.

Approximately 10,000 commercial software titles were made for the Commodore 64 including development tools, office applications, and games. The machine is also credited with popularizing the computer demo scene. The Commodore 64 is still used today by some computer hobbyists, and emulators (see here for a list) allow anyone with a modern computer (or even smartphones) to run these programs on their desktop (with varying degrees of success and functionality).

The Commodore 64 is commonly seen as an icon of the 1980s. An example is the introductory movie of the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which features a Commodore 64 screen which later reveals the Rockstar North logo.
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17. Board Game: Spectrum [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
Board Game: Spectrum
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ZX Spectrum
First affordable games computer with rubber (or 'dead flesh'!) keys.
The ZX Spectrum is a home computer released in the United Kingdom in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. Originally dubbed the ZX82, the machine was later renamed the ZX Spectrum by Sinclair to highlight the machine's colour display, compared to the black-and-white of its predecessor, the Sinclair ZX81. It is affectionately known as the Speccy by some of its fans.

The Spectrum was the first mainstream audience home computer in the UK, similar in significance to the Commodore 64 in the USA; the C64 was the main rival to the Spectrum in the UK market during the early 1980s. The introduction of the ZX Spectrum led to a boom of companies producing software and hardware for it.

The Spectrum was introduced to the UK a few months before the C-64 and at half the price. The C-64 did not seriously compete in the UK for several years.
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18. Board Game: The Falklands War [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
Board Game: The Falklands War
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Events: The Falklands War
Argentine forces invade Britain's Falkland (Maldive) Islands April 2 and seize South Georgia Island April 3, Britain imposes a blockade April 12, British commandos invade South Georgia April 25, a British submarine sinks Argentina's only cruiser May 2 with a loss of more than 320 lives, the Admiralty uses the QE2 to bring troops to the South Atlantic.

Washington expresses support for its NATO ally, British troops return in force to the Falklands May 14, fierce fighting brings heavy casualties to both sides in the next few weeks, and Argentine forces surrender June 14. Argentina has lost more than 1,000 men including those who went down with the cruiser General Belgrano, Britain 243. Argentina has lost 74 planes and seven helicopters, says Britain; Britain has lost 48 planes, says Argentina.

The victory in the Falklands carries Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative party to success in the next General Election. Maggie had previously had the lowest popularity rating of a Prime Minister ever. Afterwards she has the highest ever.
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19. Board Game: Grass [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:5271]
Board Game: Grass
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War on (soft) Drugs
More than 25 million Americans smoke marijuana, spending $24 billion on the controlled substance. President Reagan announces a war on drugs October 14, putting his emphasis on marijuana rather than on the addictive drugs heroin and cocaine.
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20. Board Game: Monopoly: Coca-Cola Classic Ads [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
Board Game: Monopoly: Coca-Cola Classic Ads
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Diet Coke
Coca-Cola Co. introduces Diet Coke; sweetened with aspartame, it has no calories, contains the same amount of caffeine as regular Coca-Cola, and is cheaper to produce than regular Coke; the company will promote it more heavily to increase its profits, and it will retain its 19-year-old Tab brand only because of continued consumer demand.
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21. Board Game: World Cup [Average Rating:3.76 Unranked]
Board Game: World Cup
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The World Cup
The 1982 FIFA World Cup, the 12th staging of the World Cup, was held in Spain from June 13 to July 11. Spain was chosen as hosts by FIFA in July 1966.

This World Cup was won by Italy, who beat West Germany 3-1 in the final. With its third World Cup title (after 1934 and 1938), Italy drew level with Brazil.

This tournament was marked by a series of great matches (most famously the epic semifinal between West Germany and France) and is widely regarded as the second-best ever after the legendary 1970 tournament. This was also the first World Cup to feature 24 teams, an expansion from at most 16 in the previous tournaments.
 
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22. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:261]
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Games: Survive
1982 is not a great year for games and looking at them this is the only one I know as a good game.
 
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23. Board Game: Um Reifenbreite [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1403]
Board Game: Um Reifenbreite
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This one is the second highest ranked (non expansion) published in 1982, I've never heard of it....
 
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24. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:1840]
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Gunslinger is the 3rd highest ranked game published in 1982 and looks like a good game.

It also looks expensive to get hold of....
 
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25. Board Game: Musical Attractions [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Concerts: The US Festival

US Festival
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The US Festivals were two early 1980s music and culture festivals sponsored by Steve Wozniak of Apple Computer, and broadcast live on Pay Per View TV. The first was held Labor Day weekend in September 1982 and the second was Memorial Day weekend in May 1983. Wozniak paid for the bulldozing and construction of a new open-air field venue as well as the construction of an enormous state-of-the-art temporary stage at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, California. (This site was later to become home to Blockbuster Pavilion—now Hyundai Pavilion—the largest amphitheatre in the United States as of 2007.)

Labor Day Weekend, 1982

Three days, 34 hours of music, 400,000 in attendance, 105°F (40.5°C) weather; 36 arrests, 12 drug overdoses, $12.5 million lost. (Bands are listed in the order they appeared.)

Friday, September 3

* Gang of Four
* The Ramones
* The English Beat
* Oingo Boingo
* The B-52's
* Talking Heads
* The Police

Saturday, September 4

* The Joe Sharino Band
* Dave Edmunds
* Eddie Money
* Santana
* The Cars
* The Kinks
* Pat Benatar
* Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

Sunday, September 5

* Grateful Dead
* Jerry Jeff Walker
* Jimmy Buffett
* Jackson Browne
* Fleetwood Mac

[I was there. Great fun.]
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