Originally Posted by Young C
Edit: You guys are too old for me. Most of you were alive before I was even born and got to experience this in time in history. I feel left out
Not only did I grow up during this period (began school at just about the end of the 70's and finished college by the mid-90's), but I have a father who was in the army serving in Germany during both the Cuban Missile Crisis and Kennedy's assassination. During those 13 days in October, the whole base over there (and everywhere else) was fully prepared for WWIII to happen at any moment.
During the 80's, despite all the excess, our entertainment often reflected the possibility of nuclear war with Russia, including the made for TV movie "The Day After", "Amazing Grace and Chuck", "Wargames", "Red Dawn" and quite a others. Every action show and movie had Russian spies in them at the time - often looking to defect.
It's hard to imagine now a president as popular as Reagan was at the time and people actually getting exited about the space program after so many years of not much happing after the moon landings.
There was so much new in technology, too, with computers finally getting into homes, the first consumer cell phones, music videos (I remember seeing "Thriller" for the first time) and suddenly feeling like things were really changing fast. Plus, we got to see the buildup from early CGI in movies like Star Trek II, to 3D animation movies and full blown CGI in the early 90's with Toy STory and Terminator 2. As that occurred, though, we saw some amazing animatronic work, most notibly with E.T.
The horror movie franchises were all heating up, Spielberg and Lucas were having a banner decade and the family action show was topping the airwaves along with the prime time soap opera. Clothing stopped being about looks so much as name brands and cars all had razor thin front ends so sharp, you could cut all the cocaine people were using with them.
That was quite a time.