Friday, September 21, 2012

Can You Remember?

My granddaughter turns 28 this month. Okay, I’ll say it...where has the time gone? I can remember the first time I saw her, but I can’t remember much else from that year. So I started digging...

In 1984...
Brian Mulroney became Canada’s Prime Minister on 17 September.
In the US, the average cost of a new house was $86,730 and, also in the US,
a gallon of gas was $1.10.
The UK and China agreed that Hong Kong would revert to China in 1997.
Virgin Atlantic held its inaugural flight.
Famine began in Ethiopia.
The first Apple Macintosh went on sale.
The Space Shuttle Discovery had its maiden voyage.

In 1984, we went to the movies and saw:
Beverly Hills Cop
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
The Terminator

For the trivia buffs:
In Canada, Mike Riley of Manitoba won the Labatt’s Brier.
At the Olympics in Los Angeles, Canadian speed skater Gaetan Boucher won three medals...a record at that time.
Ronald Reagan was re-elected to the Presidency of the United States
In 1984, Kenny Loggins was Footloose and The Boss was Dancing In The Dark.

In television:
there were no reality shows, so we made do with the classics:
Magnum P.I., Dynasty, Hill Street Blues, and Cheers.

We were reading (according to the NYT Bestseller list)
Iacocca, an autobiography of Lee Iacocca
The Aquitaine Progression by Robert Ludlum
The Talisman by Stephen King

But most importantly, my granddaughter was born. My granddaughter, my sometime conscience, and my friend. Happy Birthday Jessie!

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