Time Capsule - The Year 1984

by Dave (Twitter - @80sReboot)

Here we are at 1984 on our Time Capsule blog entries. I was wondering where I left my Laserbeak Decepticon Mini-Cassette for my Soundwave Transformer toy and this would have been the year it was last seen, keep your eyes peeled for it. As I have done for the past blog entries it starts with the self serving podcast links. Our team over at 80's Mixtape Auto Reverse starting getting really long winded (in a great way) as this was a great music year in the heavy metal and hard rock genre and it is tough for them to stop talking about it so for this year they start getting in some two part episodes. If you like what they are doing, check out their Facebook page and give them a LIKE, after you finish reading this blog entry and listening to these show links :-) 

1984 Movies - Dave, Tim, Matt, and Nick talk about the movies of 1984. Footloose, Terminator, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, The NeverEnding Story, and Buckaroo Banzai all get discussed and more.

Oscar Movies of 1984 - Matt and Jesse talk about the Oscar nominated movies of 1984 and their picks on what movie should have one.

Top 3 Hard Rock Albums of 1984 (Part 1) (Part 2) - Chris, Tim and Scott turn it up to "11" as they talk about 1984 and how many incredible metal albums were released and.......they discover that there are way too many to cover in one episode!!

1984 News Headlines

1984 Television Shows

1984 Cartoons

I have the desire to jump right into the topic that I hinted at with our last time capsule. Wow ... look at me linking these blog entries together. Impressed? You should be ... I rock the blog! Ok, maybe that is a bit much but hey, this is my blog, so for the sake of moving on ... I will rock the blog and you tell me otherwise in comments blow. Where was I? Oh ... Kidd Video. Confession ..."Hi I am Dave and at the age of thirteen had a fascination with cheesy television programs that infused music videos in bizarro cartoon worlds." In my defense the Kidd Video team had a hot drummer, actress Gabrielle Bennett, and a fairy named Glitter that dressed like Olivia Newton John in her "Physical" music video. Now ask yourself, teenage geeky boy watching MTV and cartoons ... you blend those worlds with that drummer and a little flying Olivia, of course, why wouldn't I be hooked? Don't judge! That is what we call guilty pleasures people and this blog and podcast is a safe zone to embarrass myself for the benefit of our followers, just like that time I caught you naked eating a bowl of jell-o. Wow! Crossed the streams on that one and another setup for the next Time Capsule blog entry.

I wish I can remember the exact year this happened for me, but the Apple commercial above reminded me of this. A school friend of mine named Robbie, had gotten an Apple IIe computer. When hanging out at his house, he showed off this wonderful technically amazing machine. Remember this was the time period shortly after seeing Matthew Broderick play Global Thermonuclear War on the WOPR from his home computer and I wanted to be able to do that. Robbie showed me his computer and of course, I became obsessed with it. I convinced my Mom to go to the local computer store (yes, they had those back then) and the salesman did the rest. At first this was explained to me that it was a "family" computer but it became pretty apparent I was the only person spending quality time on it so it ended up leaving the living room and becoming a permanent fixture in my bedroom. My world now expanded and would include Zork 2, Ultima 2, Flight Simulator 2, Lode Runner, and I would later spend a lot of time trying to figure out Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? 

We would love to hear your memories of 1984 or this blog entry in the comments below. 

Posted on April 14, 2016 .