The topic for this week’s Friday Flashback is What big cultural event occurred during your childhood/youth that you recall clearly? What was its impact on you?
Several “big” events immediately popped into my mind – the Challenger explosion (I was home sick from 6th grade watching the Price is Right- specifically, the yodeling mountain climber- when the show was interrupted by video images of the fiery explosion), Charles and Diana’s wedding (I watched it in my aunt’s basement in the wee hours of the morning, marveling at Diana’s train floating down the aisle and wishing to marry a prince one day), and Ronald Reagan’s assassination attempt.
However, the most vivid memories I have as a child were pop culture and fashion-related. (C’mon. Does that surprise you? It’s WHOORL we’re talking about here.)
Do you all remember these events as well as I do?
Watching the birth of MTV, with the inaugural video being Video Killed The Radio Star.
Classifying myself as a Valley Girl. “Like, you are tubular to the max.”
Hiding behind a pillow while viewing Thriller for the first time.
Drinking my first Jolt Cola.
My first pair of Jellies shoes.
Wanting to mack down with Charlie Sheen in Lucas. (That makes me cringe a little.)
Mix and matching the “perfect” Units outfit while getting ready for school.
The Three Men And A Baby ghost hiding in the curtain rumor. Freaked my shit out.
Dude, one word. FROGGER. (Also, did any of you play River Raid on Atari? My dad scored the highest score ever. We had to take a photo of him standing next to the good ol’ RCA television to send in. I would KILL for that photo right now.)
I remember distinct details of the above mentioned. What about you, though? What events from your youth are emblazoned on your brain? Anything goes!
Don’t forget to check out these other participants, as I can promise their posts are way more poignant than my banter about Jolt Cola. (Although, that shit was WICKED COOL. Admit it.)