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Definitely not true in my case. For me, 1980 was a horrible year for pop culture, especially music and movies. You have to go at least 5 years in either direction to find my sweet spots.
 
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Was 1980 one of your paperboy years, by any chance?
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Hmmm...I see merit to this theory. I was twelve years old in 1977, a truly remarkable year in pop culture history.

Star Wars dominates life as we know it
Rocky beats Apollo
Flash Gordon saves the universe
We Are The Champions...of the World!
Welcome to the Hotel California
Elvis eats his last burrito

Wow.
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Was 1980 one of your paperboy years, by any chance?


Nice x-thread reference. As it turns out, there is heavy overlap between my paperboy career and the biggest pop culture void. Damn, those dogs have power!
 
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I was 12 from 28th September 1994 to 28th September 1995. I don't actually remember anything about the pop culture back then. I did play Civilisation at my 12th birthday party, now that was a good game! Maybe there's some truth in this.
 
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Dave wrote:
Definitely not true in my case. For me, 1980 was a horrible year for pop culture, especially music and movies. You have to go at least 5 years in either direction to find my sweet spots.


Really? I was 12 in '80.

Empire Strikes Back, (the best Star Wars Sequal) is released.
Flash Gordon (Not sure where Ed came up with '78)
Airplane!
The Fog
The Shining
The Blues Brothers

Music had
Another One Bites The Dust
Crazy Train
Still Rock N Roll To Me
Pulling Mussels From The Shell
Spirit Of Radio
Don't Stand So Close To Me
Games Without Frontiers
I Wanna Be Sedated

And, of course, The Pina Colada Song

What the heck 1980 were you in?
 
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What the heck 1980 were you in?


Yup, that's the one. Tack on Christopher Cross, Air Supply, Pat Benatar, Urban Cowboy, and Fame for good measure.

- d, who does not sing the body electric.

 
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Heh, I was twelve in 1965, heavily into the Beatles who actually weren't so bad. Rubber Soul was released back then. My sister was into Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte Marie etc. I didn't much care for that stuff but I liked to look at their album covers. I played chess a bit but cried when I lost, imagine that. We played Monopoly with massive money on Free Parking. I was a real rules nazi about that. The Middle School I attended is now closed up, maybe because of asbestos.
 
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Dave wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
What the heck 1980 were you in?


Yup, that's the one. Tack on Christopher Cross, Air Supply, Pat Benatar, Urban Cowboy, and Fame for good measure.

- d, who does not sing the body electric.



But ANY year will have iconically bad moments. The point here is to look at the defining GOOD moments that you use as a measuring stick.
 
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Geosphere wrote:
But ANY year will have iconically bad moments. The point here is to look at the defining GOOD moments that you use as a measuring stick.


But ANY year will have iconically good moments. The point here is to look at the defining BAD moments that you use as a measuring stick.
 
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I was 12 in 1984 and, strangely enough, I just bought two movies that came out in 1984: The Karate Kid and Ghostbusters. Hmm....
 
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Ahhh, 1982.

E.T. The extra terrestrial
Porky's
An officer and a Gentlemen
Valley Girl...Like Bitchin'
Eye of the Tiger
Jack and Diane
867-5309 Jenny
Who can it be now.
Cheers...NORM!
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Fame on TV
Commodore 64
Colecovision
Parachute Pants
Vans checkerboard shoes
Rubiks Cube Craze!(special Spiel des Jahres 1980)
BMX

Great year to be 12!


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I was 12 in 1981 and I have to agree with Dave: about 5 years on either side held much better fare. Music, in particular, was at its absolute worst in 1981. The Police and U2 were a saving graces (and Talking Heads, but I didn't clue into them until high school). I also think 1981 is the low point for decent TV cartoons, He-Man being the only exception that I can think of.

But the comic still somehow rings true...I just think I was unlucky.
 
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MWChapel wrote:
Ahhh, 1982.

E.T. The extra terrestrial
Porky's
An officer and a Gentlemen
Valley Girl...Like Bitchin'
Eye of the Tiger
Jack and Diane
867-5309 Jenny
Who can it be now.
Cheers...NORM!
Nightrider
Fame on TV
Commodore 64
Colecovision
Parachute Pants
Vans checkerboard shoes
Rubiks Cube Craze!(special Spiel des Jahres 1980)
BMX

Great year to be 12!




We also had Tron, Blade Runner, Ghandi, The Thing, The Road Warrior, and although not my favorite, Thriller was released.
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I was 12 in '85.

Tell me these weren't awesome movies to have seen in the theatre or on VHS at 12:

Back to the Future
Breakfast Club
Goonies
Witness
Young Sherlock Holmes
Weird Science
Rambo II
Commando
A View to a Kill
Legend
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Better Off Dead
Fletch
Mad Max 3
Real Genius
LadyHawke
Silverado
Enemy Mine
Explorers
D.A.R.Y.L.L.
The Man with One Red Shoe
Teen Wolf

By 14 I'd discovered Brazil, To Live or Die in LA & Ran, but still awesome and in 1985.

(Also great movies such as Come & See, Purple Rose of Cairo, Tampopo, After Hours, Mr. Vampire and My Life as a Dog came out in 1985)

In 1985 I was breaking to Freestyle music. There were many brilliant records released that year, but none of them were on the radio, and I didn't have anyone to tell me about them. So I just listened to music that you could both pop and lock to.
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1984

Albums:
Van Halen - 1984
Prince - Puple Rain
The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
Madonna - Like a Virgin
Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.

Songs:
"Hammer to Fall" - Queen
"Heaven's On Fire" - KISS
"Dancing in the Dark" - Bruce Springsteen
"Distant Early Warning" - Rush
"Doctor! Doctor!" - Thompson Twins
"Drive" - The Cars

Movies:
The Terminator
This Is Spinal Tap
Beverly Hills Cop
Star Trek III

Not bad!!

 
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Isaac Asimov made this same observation when I was 12, only much more tersely and artistically better (of course): "The Golden Age of Science Fiction is when you were 12."
 
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Stop making me feel old!

I'm not concerned with what was going on in '73 so much as I'm suddenly realizing that I'm a geezer compared to the BGG "personalities" (for lack of a better word).

Now excuse me while I go chase those kids off my lawn....
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Bearcat89 wrote:
Hmmm...I see merit to this theory. I was twelve years old in 1977, a truly remarkable year in pop culture history.

Star Wars dominates life as we know it
Rocky beats Apollo
Flash Gordon saves the universe
We Are The Champions...of the World!
Welcome to the Hotel California
Elvis eats his last burrito

Wow.


Yes, '77 was an awesome year to be 12. Thanks, George Lucas.
 
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Aw, man, 1975, that's where is was AT!

Movies:

* Godfather II (I really didn't appreciate it at the time, but my parents were big fans!)
* Jaws
* Young Frankenstein
* Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail
* The Towering Inferno (my favorite at the time!)

Albums:

* Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
* Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
* Paul McCartney and Wings - Venus and Mars (I liked it!)
* Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (I actually appreciate it more now than then)
* Kiss - Alive (C'mon, it was 1975 and I was 12! Cut me some slack!)

TV:
* All in the Family
* MASH
* Rockford Files
* Sanford and Son
* Kojak

Sports:
* Pittsburgh Steelers win their FIRST SUPERBOWL!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, 1975 and 12 years old - it was so cool!
 
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Geosphere wrote:
Really? I was 12 in '80.

Flash Gordon (Not sure where Ed came up with '78)

Faulty memory...it all goes downhill when you hit 40.
 
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WhiteKnight85 wrote:
Stop making me feel old!

I'm not concerned with what was going on in '73 so much as I'm suddenly realizing that I'm a geezer compared to the BGG "personalities" (for lack of a better word).

Now excuse me while I go chase those kids off my lawn....


But '73 was Awesome. That was the year I was born. devil
 
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