Saturday, September 26, 2009

The Year 1985


US GDP (1998 dollars): $4,180.70 billion
Federal spending: $946.39 billion
Federal debt: $1817.5 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars): $23,618
Consumer Price Index: 107.6
Unemployment: 7.2%
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.20 ($0.22 as of 2/17/1985)

•Rock Hudson dies of AIDS at age 59. He's the first major star to fall victim to the disease.
•Madonna launches her first road show, the Virgin Tour.
•Dozens of top-name musicians and bands perform at the Live Aid concerts in Philadelphia and London. The shows benefit African famine victims.
•With the availability of relatively inexpensive laser printers and computers, tools for desktop publishing begin to be commonly used.

Top Ten Movies
1. Back to the Future
2. Beverly Hills Cop
3. Cocoon
4. Fletch
5. The Goonies
6. The Jewel of the Nile
7. National Lampoon's European Vacation
8. Pale Rider
9. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment
10. Rambo: First Blood, Part II

Most Popular Books
1. "The Mammoth Hunters" by Jean Auel
2. "Texas" by James Michener
3. "Lake Wobegon Days" by Garrison Keillor
4. "If Tomorrow Comes" by Sidney Sheldon
5. "Skeleton Crew" by Stephen King

Most Popular Television Shows

1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. Family Ties (NBC)
3. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
4. 60 Minutes (CBS)
5. Cheers (NBC)
6. Dallas (CBS)
7. Dynasty (ABC)
8. The Golden Girls (NBC)
9. Miami Vice (NBC)
10. Who's the Boss? (ABC)


itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Wow! 1985 really sucked! LOL
I hated Madonna, saw almost all of those movies but only loved Cocoon,the only two books I liked were The Mammoth Hunters & If Tomorrow Comes, and I didn't really like any of those TV shows!
I guess 1985 was not my year!

Missy said...

Wendy: It sucked for me too. I should have skipped over this year entirely. :)

Wander to the Wayside said...

1985 was terrible for us. The bottom fell out of the construction industry in Colorado, the computer business (Silicon Valley) went belly up and they came to Colorado to work for low wages at construction jobs, and my husband went from earning a wage equivalent to his 20 years experience to minimum wage ... hmmm, that sounds familiar! We had recently bought a house, couldn't make our payments, and lost it to foreclure. Our dream house. So 1985 sucked for us!

While I'm thinking about it, please tell me how to imbed the youtube videos in the post. All I can do is add the link.

Anonymous said...

I love The Golden Girls & Back To The Future. Actually, I'm really obsessed with TV shows/movies from the 70's 80's etc. I love these posts! =D

Nina said...

Isn't that weird. I wasnt born yet, but I have seen: Back to the Future,Beverly Hills Cop
and Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment!
I also loved the cosby show! :)

Amy said... wonder I don't remember much of 1985! lol Actually there are some good movies from that year, but I don't think I read any of those books!

These are great posts, Missy!


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