May 22 2010

Why Was 1980 Made Of So Much Awesome?

Maybe the world just wanted to shake off the horrors of disco, but by golly 1980 was made of total awesomeness when it came to pop culture.

Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the release of The Empire Strikes Back (the second or fifth Star Wars film depending on how you want to look at it).  Yesterday U.S. time was also the 30th anniversary of Pacman being released in Japan, while not the first video game, it was the first to enter true mainstream acceptance.  Coming up in July will mark the 30th anniversary of the first Gundam model going on sale, and while not hugely known in America, that franchise has gone on to sell 400 million model kits world wide.

Did someone just flip a switch at the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1st, 1980 and declare it the year of awesome?  Not only that, but a good chunk of the decade went on to be pretty spectacular for the world of pop culture (where my heart obviously resides).  The first year of the 1980’s was just packed with iconic and famous films such as Caddyshack, Raging Bull, The Elephant Man, Fame, Private Benjamin, Xanadu … just seeing if you were paying attention.  There is no denying it was a pretty stellar year for film, though.

I think I shall try to ignore the fact that all of this is making me feel old, and I remember seeing The Empire Strikes Back nine times in the theater …

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