Forty Years of Fun! Do you remember??


Moms… I am turning 40 this year. 40, the BIG 4-0, FORTY!!! October is going to be a big month!!! 

I love this stage of my life, so rather than get down about the fact that I am leaving my thirties behind, I thought I would share with you 40 things that made life awesome growing up in the 80’s….you know the things that this 1979 baby LOVED, but that our children have no clue about!

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Throwback Thursday - 40 Years of Fun

  1. Recording your favorite song off the radio on a cassette tape!
  2. Phone Booths / Collect Calls
  3.  A console TV 
  4. A busy signal
  5. Rotary Dial Telephones (if one of your friends had lots of 9’s or 0’s and you messed up ☹
  6. Big Wheels
  7. Atari – Pac Man, Centipede, Pitfall, Asteroids, and Space Invaders
  8. Starched jeans
  9. Girbaud Jeans
  10. Garbage Pail Kids
  11. Actual Text Books with Book Covers
  12. The Sony Walkman
  13. The Goonies and Chunk’s Truffle Shuffle
  14. Saturday Morning Cartoons/ kid shows: He-Man, The Smurfs, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, Tom and Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Fraggle Rock, Reading Rainbow, Mr. Rodgers, Land of the Lost, Captain Kangaroo, The Dukes of Hazzard, JEM and the Rockers, 
  15. Grunge: Flannel, Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Doc Martins
  16. Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing, Teen Witch
  17. MTV!!!! Top 20 Countdown, The Real World, Yo MTV Raps, My So Called Life
  19. Markey Mark and the Funky Bunch… he was hot even way back when… “Good Vibrations”
  20. Waiting to get your Delias catalog in the mail and wanting to buy everything in it!
  21. Steve Madden Slip On Sandal. You know you had a pair, or seven!
  22. Using a Rolodex
  23. World Book Encyclopedias – No internet here kiddies, well… not yet!
  24. THE WORLD WIDE WEB! “You’ve got mail” and wait 47 minutes for it to connect.
  25. Floppy discs
  26. Waiting for film to be developed
  27. Phone Books
  28. The Dewey Decimal System
  29. Those hard-plastic lunch trays, and while we are on the topic, actually good school lunch! Square pizza anyone???
  30. Pagers
  31. Using an actual map when traveling – no Google maps y’all!
  32. Full Service Gas Stations
  33. Using the street lights as a clock. “Be home by dark!”
  34. Rolling down the windows. Literally.
  35. Friday nights picking out movies at Block Buster Video! “Be Kind and Rewind!”
  36. Cabbage Patch Kids
  37.  Vinyl Records 
  38. Blowing on a Nintendo cartridge to get it to play.
  39. 90210 
  40. And if it was broken, MacGyver could fix it with a paperclip, and a chewing gum wrapper.

I had so much fun compiling this list with the help of some friends and family, and I hope this brought some of that wonderful childhood nostalgia flowing back for those of you lucky enough to have grown up during the time that analog made way for the birth of the digital age!

The last 40 were so great, I think I’ll hang around to see what the next 40 bring. In the words of Steve Perry and J0urney, ” Don’t Stop Believing!” (You know you just sang it!) 

Have you celebrated a Milestone Birthday, tell us about it in the comments! 

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Melanie is a working wife and mother of a high school freshman and second grader as well as their beloved 12 year old Doug the Pug! She met her amazing husband through mutual friends and with a lot of love and laughs, they are celebrating 10 awesome years together. She has worked in the Human Resources field for over 15 years and currently spends her days working for the Corpus Christi Independent School District. She loves to travel, and is a voracious reader who can always be found with a book or five to recommend, and it is her dream one day to publish a work of her own. Melanie also loves holiday décor. Whether it be Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas, she loves decking the halls of her home in fun festivity and celebrating with her family. She is so excited to have joined the CCMB team and can’t wait to share her experiences with the group.