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Just a Thought - The 1980s was amazing decade
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What decade do you look back on and reflect fondly upon? Mine is the 1980s. It was gnarly, and I loved it.

Someone pushed my freaky button recently by referring to my decade as the worst decade ever (even worse than the one with the bubonic plaque). Nothing good or important came out of the '80s and it was a total waste of 10 years. 

The word “hate” was repeatedly used. Each decade has ups and downs, good and bad, and each decade is important. Also, I would never talk so harshly about a decade that I had no personal knowledge. This person wasn’t born until the '90s. The '80s was my decade. 

FYI, the Black Death, also known by many other names such as bubonic plaque, pestilence and Great Plague, was from 1346 to 1353. It resulted in the deaths of an estimated 75 to 200 million people. 

Let’s wipe the '80s out of our history and see what we would have missed.

Kiss Tom Hanks and all his awesome movies goodbye. While his standup comedy career started in the '70s, his big break in movies was in the '80s. 

Speaking of movies, without the '80s, gone are the adventures of Indiana Jones. How about "Back to the Future," "Ghostbusters," "The Breakfast Club," "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off," "The Terminator," "Die Hard" and "Gremlins"? 

What about music? The '80s rock artists included Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Prince, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Cher, Billy Idol, etc. Popular in the '80s were Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Whitesnake and Wham!  

I guess we can live without MTV. It was launched in the '80s.

Without teenagers in the '80s loving arcades and the social activity that provided, you could kiss your PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox, etc. goodbye. The '80s was the golden age of video games and arcades. Our love for Pac-Man, Centipede and Space Invaders is why the gaming industry saw the potential and ran with it.  

Locally, we also rode The Strip. I guess we can live without the annual Back to The Strip event. 

Motorola introduced the first mobile phones to the United States. Put that cellphone down!

Our fashion was brought into question. Yes, the '80s was a decade of bold styles and colors. We rocked denim jackets and leather ones. However, it was more than that. We weren’t afraid. We ran the spectrum of styles, from the yuppie look to over the top creative. We were just as creative with our hair. Anything and everyone was OK. 

There’s absolutely no way that I can include in one column all the wonders from the '80s. It was an awesome decade and deserves its props. What it doesn’t deserve is to be characterized as the worst decade ever and worse than the one with the bubonic plaque in it. Like, gag me with a spoon. 

Standard reporter Lisa Hobbs can be reached at 473-2191.