Part of an ongoing series that highlights some of what was happening during one of my trips around Spaceship Earth. When possible, I will include any meaningful memories and/or photos from a particular year. This post focuses on 1981.
This is my second foray into digging into what was going on around me during a given year of my life. Let’s take a look back on what the world looked like in 1981…
DeLorean cars debut (January 21).
John Hinckley Jr. attempts to assassinate President Reagan (March 30).
Mehmet Ali Agca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II (May 13).
President Ronald Reagan appointed Sandra Day O'Connor to the US Supreme Court (July 07)
Prince Charles marries Lady Diana Spencer (July 29)
Elizabeth Jordan Carr, the first U.S. IVF baby, is born (December 28).
AIDS recognized by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.
The first IBM-PC released.
THE SPORTING NEWS IN 1981:
The New York Yankees beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.
The Indiana Hoosiers beat the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Men’s College Basketball Championship game.
The Boston Celtics beat the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals.
The San Francisco 49ers beat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI.
THE TOP TEN SONGS OF 1981:
Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes
Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
Lady by Kenny Rogers
(Just Like) Starting Over by John Lennon
Jessie’s Girl by Rick Springfield
Celebration by Kool & the Gang
Kiss on My List by Hall & Oates
I Love a Rainy Night by Eddie Rabbit
9 to 5 by Dolly Parton
Keep on Loving You by REO Speedwagon
FIVE MEANINGFUL (TO ME) ALBUMS RELEASED IN 1981:
Faith by The Cure
Ghost in the Machine by The Police
New Traditionalists by Devo
Business As Usual by Men At Work
Only A Lad by Oingo Boingo
SOME FILMS FROM 1981 THAT I HAVE COME TO LOVE:
Raiders of the Lost Ark
An American Werewolf in London
The Evil Dead
Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
A SMATTERING OF BOOKS FROM 1981 THAT I HAVE ENJOYED:
A Light In The Attic by Shel Silverstein
Cujo by Stephen King
God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Danse Macabre by Stephen King
The Elementals by Michael McDowell
The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam
Basin and Range by John McPhee
Still in a grey era in terms of tangible memories. What strikes me about this year is the amount of culture that would begin to inform my world view, and that I still hold close to this day. One of my mom’s favorite stories is of me obsessing over Superman II to the point that I’d dress as Superman and watch the movie multiple times a day. There is photographic evidence of this…