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For the middle aged- and older-heads, a place to discuss things associated w/ the 1980s. Ask questions, post pics, stroll down memory lane.

I wish this thread could be combined with the 80s big hair thread...

I'll start:

1) Who still has her Cabbage Patch Kid dolls?
2) Did any of you ~not~ peel and replace the stickers on her Rubick's Cube?
3) Did anyone think the Whip It was better than the Rubick's Cube?
4) Why do you think Benetton/United Colors of Benetton kinda fell off like it did? It had the most beautiful, colorful, soft knit sweaters and other knitwear!
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I didn't live through the 80's at all but I get so curious and fascinated about it. I probably sound completely dumb and ignorant but I just can't imagine living without the internet. It seems so alien to me, what did you guys do? Was it a more 'social' time in your opinion?

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1) Who still has her Cabbage Patch Kid dolls?
2) Did any of you ~not~ peel and replace the stickers on her Rubick's Cube?
3) Did anyone think the Whip It was better than the Rubick's Cube?
4) Why do you think Benetton/United Colors of Benetton kinda fell off like it did? It had the most beautiful, colorful, soft knit sweaters and other knitwear!
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
I still have all 3 of my CPK's. Carma Joby, Brian Thomas and Alicia Leigh. Brian was a girl with short hair but I decided I wanted a boy, took the bow out of his hair, threw a jogging suit on him and named him after a boy I had a crush on. Lol. I could and need to part with Brian and Alicia (who was a premature CPK and still smells like baby powder). Carma Joby is a different story. All the CPK's were sold out in my area, with in hundrends of miles. My mom had a knock off made for me and then got one as soon as she could. She was crushed that she could not make it happen. I lived, and kept both dolls.

I was fairly young when the cube was popular. I never had one but my brothers did. I never removed the stickers and my oldest brother could complete it in seconds. I loved my Magic Merlin, Simon Says and Memory at that point. I was all about things that went beep, beep and had buttons I could push.

I have no idea why UCoB fell off. I did not have access to one, at all, but I still think of their ad's fondly. They had some of the most beautiful campaigns.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 12-17-2014 at 02:23 PM.
I didn't live through the 80's at all but I get so curious and fascinated about it. I probably sound completely dumb and ignorant but I just can't imagine living without the internet. It seems so alien to me, what did you guys do? Was it a more 'social' time in your opinion?
Originally Posted by eveum
It was a very social time for me, but I was a social butterfly. I started kindergarten at 4, in 1980, and I was dragging my parents to school. I loved to talk and make friends and that kept up. I played outside 85% of the time. Started hiking thru the woods with cousins or my brothers at a young age. Tons of sleep overs starting at 4 and it eventually progressed to me hardly going home in the late 80s and most of the 90s. I was out and about 99% of the time.

ETA: One thing I miss is long phone calls. I used to love having insanely long phone conversations. I'd hang out with boy, go home and end up talking on the phone with him until the sun came up the next day. Now I'll text guys for a while but it's not the same. I also miss prank phone calls. I know some still do them but that was the end all, be all when I was younger. We'd find someone with a 3rd party line and have a blast using tape players, microphones and sound effects. Sometimes we would just ask about your underwear and hang up.
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When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 12-17-2014 at 02:37 PM.
Hehe, I didn't ever take the stickers off, but I did become adept at taking a Rubik's Cube apart and putting it back together completed.

Eveum, everyone hung out at the mall in 80s. And talked on the phone - a lot, but back then it was done laying across your bed, or on the living room floor, with one of your siblings picking up the phone in the kitchen every 5 minutes - either trying to listen in, or asking if you were done yet.

How many pairs of socks and/or leg warmers did you layer??
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I still have my only two CPK dolls, too Gigi Alana and Samantha Reena. Gigi smells like baby powder, too. I used to have tons of clothes for them, (both CPK brand and "aftermarket") but sadly, no more. They still have their original shoes tho, Gigi has lace-ups and Samantha has maryjanes. I bought a CPK for my daughter in 2007 (bc I'm not letting her play w/ mine) but that one was bigger than my two originals.

Never had the CPK "Koosas" or Monchichi or Teddy Ruxpin or Pound Puppies.

It is beyond hard to imagine what my childhood would have been like w/ internet/social media. Too much! We had telephones. (I didn't have my own line...?I just spliced the wires and ran a phone into my room under the carpet and turned the ringer off on the phpne in my parents' bedroom every night so they wouldn't know I was getting called at all hours. LOL) We had radios and stereos. We had magazines and movies and tv and we rode bikes and wandered around the mall and had roller discos/rinks and had block parties and dance parties and our own individual hobbies (and some of us drank and got high LOL). Looking back, it doesn't seem like I missed much. Oh yeah, we had ~libraries~ and <gasp> card catalogues to find info. If we liked a song and wanted it on demand, we recorded it off the radio on a tape player. LOL
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I would turn all the ringers off, too. Haha. That is how I operated in the 80s and 90s. Did not have my own line, either but eventually got a phone in my room.


I would normally do 2-3 pairs of scrunch socks and 1-2 pairs of leg warmers.


Ah, the mall and plastic jewelry... I can't imagine childhood with social media either. Nor would I want to. I grew up knowing video games but mainly played them on rainy days or at arcades. I wanted to be out, and face to face or voice to voice with people. I can remember calling up friends to listen to Kiss FM's countdown together. We shared in person or on the phone.


What was the funniest prank/crank call you made?

My freshman year I planned one out with a good friend. He would bring his tape player to school and we would record specific parts each day, in a funny voice. We had 5 or 6 people that we called using his 3rd party line. He would play the tape to distort our voices even more and we would listen & try not to lose it. It was stuff like... Is your butt at home?? Is. Your. Butt. At. Hoooooome? The next person would get asked about their teeth. It was all good friends which made it even funnier because they kept trying to figure it out.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I would turn all the ringers off, too. Haha. That is how I operated in the 80s and 90s. Did not have my own line, either but eventually got a phone in my room.


I would normally do 2-3 pairs of scrunch socks and 1-2 pairs of leg warmers.


Ah, the mall and plastic jewelry... I can't imagine childhood with social media either. Nor would I want to. I grew up knowing video games but mainly played them on rainy days or at arcades. I wanted to be out, and face to face or voice to voice with people. I can remember calling up friends to listen to Kiss FM's countdown together. We shared in person or on the phone.


What was the funniest prank/crank call you made?

My freshman year I planned one out with a good friend. He would bring his tape player to school and we would record specific parts each day, in a funny voice. We had 5 or 6 people that we called using his 3rd party line. He would play the tape to distort our voices even more and we would listen & try not to lose it. It was stuff like... Is your butt at home?? Is. Your. Butt. At. Hoooooome? The next person would get asked about their teeth. It was all good friends which made it even funnier because they kept trying to figure it out.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
We would call the parents of kids we knew and pretend to be someone who else in order to get the phone numbers of other classmates. Like "Hi, is this Stephanie's mom? Oh Stephanie's not home? Well, this is Tricia (I'm not really tricia). I lost Juli's phone number and I know Stephanie has it. It's kind of an emergency. Could you look in Stephanie's phone book and give it to me? Thanks!"

Then we'd call Juli and prank the isht out of her! She'd never suspect us bc she knew we didn't have her number. (This was before Google, kiddies! And also before Caller ID!) We'd pretend to be the guy she liked or someone she had a beef w/ at school, etc.

Or we'd call pll and start speaking mostly nonsense words to them but in a way that sounded like we understood what they were saying and trying in earnest to have a conversation.

buwahahahaha

Pranking is making a come back...but there's now an app to keep your targets from tracing your number or location.

eta -- There was also this Christian pamphlet called Power for Living that you could order and have delivered at other ppl's addresses. And we'd order hundreds and have them delivered to ppl repeatedly. (This was before I was a Christian!! When I became a Christian, I actually ordered it for myself; good book!)
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Last edited by spiderlashes5000; 12-17-2014 at 03:31 PM.
Clever!

Sending people mass amounts if things is still hilarious. All the X'ers in my office still have 200 copies of the phone book delivered to the Sheriffs dept and Police department as a prank, kinda sorta. They always call us asking for #'s as opposed to looking it up themselves. Haha.

My bestie was recently pranked by someone using the app. The callers nbr showed as 666 and they were talking about draging him to hell. Funny, but it's more of a pain to do it now. So handy before caller ID.

I remember guys prank calling me in 8th Grade, pretending to be NKOTB. My dad answered and they said, "Hi! This is Donnie, Dannie, Jordan, Joe and John and we're The New Kids on the Block!!" They thrn asked to speak to me. He woke me up cussing. It was actually several high school sophmores that I met thru my cousin.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I wonder if the kiddos deal with that now. That being your father cussing about all the boys calling. Stupid bleepers calling here at all bleeping hours of the bleeping night!! With cells and lots of texting & chatting, it's probably slightly different. All depending on how much they see or how much their kid deletes.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I wonder if the kiddos deal with that now. That being your father cussing about all the boys calling. Stupid bleepers calling here at all bleeping hours of the bleeping night!! HIGH SCHOOL BOYS??? Um, yeah.With cells and lots of texting & chatting, it's probably slightly different. All depending on how much they see or how much their kid deletes.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I wonder if the kiddos deal with that now. That being your father cussing about all the boys calling. Stupid bleepers calling here at all bleeping hours of the bleeping night!! HIGH SCHOOL BOYS??? Um, yeah.With cells and lots of texting & chatting, it's probably slightly different. All depending on how much they see or how much their kid deletes.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
I can't believe I'm saying this...but I'm getting my 10 y/o a cell phone for Christmas.

There are going to be rules regarding its use. Not exactly sure what the rules will be, but there will be rules and she will need to leave it charging outside of her room every night after 9pm, right next to mine. And if I catch her using it after 9pm, she's going to lose the privilege of using it.

As of now, she texts on her tablet using a texting app. And I will randomly read thru those texts to make sure nothing questionable is going on.

But yeah, I cannot imagine having stuff like that during my childhood. We created enough mischief w/ just the few rather rudimentary pieces of technology that we had available to us then.
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I wonder if the kiddos deal with that now. That being your father cussing about all the boys calling. Stupid bleepers calling here at all bleeping hours of the bleeping night!! HIGH SCHOOL BOYS??? Um, yeah.With cells and lots of texting & chatting, it's probably slightly different. All depending on how much they see or how much their kid deletes.
Originally Posted by Fifi.G
I can't believe I'm saying this...but I'm getting my 10 y/o a cell phone for Christmas.

There are going to be rules regarding its use. Not exactly sure what the rules will be, but there will be rules and she will need to leave it charging outside of her room every night after 9pm, right next to mine. And if I catch her using it after 9pm, she's going to lose the privilege of using it.

As of now, she texts on her tablet using a texting app. And I will randomly read thru those texts to make sure nothing questionable is going on.

But yeah, I cannot imagine having stuff like that during my childhood. We created enough mischief w/ just the few rather rudimentary pieces of technology that we had available to us then.
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
That is the truth! I will in no way pretend that kids are not sneaky as hell either. I know better. People drive me crazy with that. Some elementary school kids were recently caught drinking at a party in my town and the parents are going after each others throats. No one is even suggesting that the kids could have gotten their hands on it and done it on their own. Oh no, a parent had to intentionally provide it. Ppffftt! I can't even imagine the trouble I woukd have gotten into with more than what I had. It's good you are setting rules for her. I wish my bro and his wife would watch their 14 yo closer. He is a great kid but he is obsessed with his tablet. He keeps it with him 24-7 and is up all night with it rather than sleeping, night after night. But he has Aspergers and is extreme with it.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

This reminded me of your thread. It's a bit of 70s and 80s Nostalgia. I had the majority of these. If they were not bought for me, they were my brothers hand me down toys. Never had Teddy R. Never really wanted him.

Nostalgic Toys from the 70s and 80s

"Atari 2600 Game System: Frogger, Donkey Kong, Pac Man – wouldn’t you still take those over Candy Crush, Subway Surfer and Angry Birds?"

^^^ I know that is true! My brothers got the 2600 in 81 when they were 13 and 15 and I was 6. I'll never forget going to the local electronicsi store so they could show it to my parents. They took one look at the price and said, "You better get a damn job". One already worked, the other started picking up more side work and my parents chipped in a bit. Oh the joy I felt Pac Man, Centipede, Astroid, Space Invaders, Tank, Pong... I already knew several of them from our local arcade but the light of a console system was blinding.

Note I did not have She-Ra Princess of Powers castle. Nope but I had her and Peridot. They offen raided my little people cruise ship or took a ride in the big blue 70's bath tub boat or RV. Also note the non gender specific easy bake oven option, cause we were raised better. Haha. Mine was tan, black and brown. Never saw a pink one like the one pictured.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 04-30-2015 at 07:51 PM.
I still have my Chatter Phone, somewhere, and I am not afraid ro admit it. It still squeaks and it's little eyes roll.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

I was going crazy trying to remember the names of these two sets of dolls. Make sure you check out the first link. Butterfly collars and Bee Gees beards...

Glamour Gals

Pictures - 1980's Glamour Gals dolls by Kenner prototype and sample dolls - Austin Toy Collecting | Examiner.com

Glamour Gals I Kenner 1981 Catalog I Plaidstallions

^ I had a ton of those and some of their accessories which were made of the hardest plastic known to man.

See Wee's! I loved the mermaid babies. They were so cute.

Sea Wees :: Original Set [Ghost Of The Doll]
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

My mom would never let me have a Cabbage Patch kid, because she thought they were ugly. I'm still scarred from not having one. Same with jelly shoes.

I miss the old black and white shows that used to be on Nick at Night. Donna Reed, The Patty Duke show... I used to stay up until midnight to watch Make Room For Daddy.

We were so excited to get our first color television! We had that same TV up until about 5 years ago. Some of the button were taped on, because they were falling off. I think we got our TV later than most families did - we were always a few years behind the times, and my parents still are.

I kinda miss our telephone that had about 10 feet of cord. I'd take it into my room and try to shut the door on the cord for some privacy. I lived for playing Ghosts in the Graveyard at night with the neighbor kids.

My favorite fashion statement was my biker shorts with a neon green stripe on the side! Biker shorts were the coolest things ever around here at the time.
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Well I'd say so Six, considering color tv's came out in the 40's but were not widely available or somewhat more affordable until the 50's. That was about 30 years behind

The differences in TV's is amazing though. The quality was 400 x's better and they were easy to repair so you could hang onto the suckers forever. We had a console/cabinet for years. It was not easy to transport but I only remeber the picture tube going out once. Most tv's now are only made to last 8 years and many times it's easier to buy a new one than find someone who repairs flat screen tvs.

That was true with most appliances and electronics in the 70s/80s though. Great quality. *I still have a fully functioning 8 Track Player from 1974 (my mom bought it as a gift for my dad when they were dating), and a record player from the 80s that works like a dream. The speakers are crazy but that was a common. Many got the rattle/buzz/pop syndrome.

I miss some of the 50s shows shown in syndication during the 80s.
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 04-30-2015 at 09:54 PM.
Speaking of tape & record players and 8 tracks... Some of my favorite childhood memories involve all. I was a kid who had no problem entertaining myself. As a toddler they could put me in a corner with my fisher price 45 record player or a tape player and I would be good for days. I lucked out in the selection/diversity department too. My parents (both born in the 40s) had music from the 50s-80s. Lots of early Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, many folk artists, a ton of mowtown and country though country was not my top pick 98% of the time. *He also had every Mahilia Jackson record known to woman or man which I enjoyed from time to time and re visited when I found out Lenny K played the piano for her on some as a child*. My oldest brother had Prince, Adam and the Ants, Van Halen, The B-52's, Men At Work, Ultravox, Blondie, etc. my 2nd older bro picked up where my parents Beatles collection dropped off and he had a lot of The Rolling Stones, Doors, Hendrix, Zappa, The Kinks, Ozzy... He was rock/punk/metal. Then I had my music that I turned them on to (Tears for Fears, The Police (at 4), G&R, Blues Travelers, Alice in Chains, The Cure, etc. Great relationship. One of my favortie hand me downs of theirs involved record collections and their 8 tracks. Nothing like pushing in The Blues Brothers Soundtrack (1980) and listening to

Rubber Biscuit

A bow bow
Heere odda hilldidda hildhiruhah
Juuuyr adda hilldadida jigguwah
Hieere odda hittomamma jizzowazzah
Hoow bawlda hiwowiwa hiwiwah
Heere odda hilldeninne hilldennine
Hiiire odda hillimoney hilluwowahwah
Dwiire odda higgunama shuppobup
Deare odda hildumama hithuivha
Puurr onna hillimona hillduwiva
..Mmmm Do that again!
Bow bow bow
Heere odda hilldunonne Hiduwippa
Tearrr outta numbanumba numbadaba
Luurre odna hithumama chigowazzah
Hiirre udda hithooupee hithuippa
Feure udda Heyynonne hithuipha
Daarr onna hilloonumme hithuomma
Feure ofthe Heyynomme hinuimma
Du-ur udda hauathuama hithua
Hiiire odda hithoomumme hithuim
Have you ever heard of a wish sandwich? A wish sandwich is the kind of a sandwich where you have two slices of bread and you, hee hee hee, wish you had some meat...
Bow bow bow...
Heere odda hithunomme hithuipha
Eaarr odda hithunahmah himoowah
Baare odda nummanumma numballama
Daahr udda hilunomme hidoyohwah
Dooyr udda Heyynomme hithuipha
Sheer udda hidunomme hithua
Tiire udda hidanumme hithuwahwah
Huoy momma hommamomma shubowuppa
Bayy momma boyit momma bubbowah
Hmmm... the other day I had a ricochet biscuit. a ricochet biscuit is the kind of a biscuit thats supposed to bounce back off the wall into your mouth. if it dont bounce back... heeheehee you go hungry!
Bow bow bow...
Hearr odda henunomme hithuipha
Huoy momma hommamomma shupabobba
Baerr odda Heyynomma kithuopha
Daire odda himmonomma shipowubba
Kool odda Heyynomma jiggowazzah
Hiire odda henunomma jiggowah
Haar odda hinunimme hithuipha
Bayr odda henunomme hithuiph
Shove bubba bom bubbashuppa bom
Hmmmm... the other day I had a cool water sandwich and a sunday-go-to-meetin bun...
Bow bow bow...
Heere udda hidunonne githuwatha
Diire odda Heyynomme hithuwah
Huoy momma hummamomma shipobobba
Duoy dada Heyydaddadadda dang
Bayy bobba boyit bobbabobba booah
Huoy rodda hittomomma hittobobba
Daree odda Heyynonna hithuitha
Hiire odda henunonna hidduah
Hiire olda hildumomma hidduawah
Huuy ronna Hommumma shuppa bom
Duuy romma Hommbuppa chiggowah
Hiire rodda hinununa Hiduiwithah
Saare odda Laymumma huhmumumah
Heere odda hinunomma Hiduwdth
Heere odda Hullnunna Hiduwabbah
Huere momma hummabubba shuppabobbah
Gaare odda Heyynumma chiggowah
Hiiire odda Heyynumma chickoowuthah
Heere odda hillunumme hithuwah
Zuuyl momma Homm momma chippahooah
HmHmHmhm(heeeeh). Whaddayou want fuh nothin. A rrrrrubber biscuit
When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??


Last edited by Fifi.G; 04-30-2015 at 10:26 PM.
I still have my trolls.

We had a MasterMind back in the day and we have one now, that we bought for the boys, along with Rubik's Cube (never had one back then).
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