All things 80s

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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 03:23 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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Last edited by Fifi.G; 12-17-2014 at 03:37 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 04:31 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.
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