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Best Music of the 1980’s

Back to the 80’s What a Wonderful Decade

Book Review: The BFG Foreign Affairs: How the World Went


Table of Contents Education………………………………………………… 4 Fashion……………………………………………………. 5 Film and Theatre……………………………………….. 7 Food……………………………………………………….. 9 Culture……………………………………………………. 10 Book Review…………………………………………….. 11 Sports…………………………………………………….. 12 Music……………………………………………………... 13 Lifestyle………………………………………………….. 14 Politics……………………………………………………. 16 Law and Justice…………………………………………. 17 Foreign Affairs………………………………………….. 19 Game Page………………………………………………. 22 Domestic Affairs………..……………………………... 23 Celebrity Gossip……………………………………….. 26


Education Carmen Hall

The education system during the 1980s was not the best. In early 1980s there were three problems school systems were facing which were discipline, drug use, and curriculum. The President during the time which was Ronald Reagan tired his best to improve these issues. He tried to change the nutrition and lunch given to help improve at least the health of these children. Parents noticed these issues and schools had less children in kindergarten than in 1979. In January of 1981, the Court of Appeals rules that first amendment proves that prayers are not required or allowed at public schools. Later in 1983, the Supreme Court banned the sweep searches of students by dogs. Later in the decade it became a law that evolution had to be taught in science classes nationwide but was later declared unconstitutional in 1987.

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Fashion Paulina Guajardo

In the 1980’s, fashion was at its most bold. Style was the most important thing and everyone cared about their appearances. All the clothing worn in the 80’s was bright, exotic and tight. Since the 80’s trends were so popular, many of the trends in current times are all from the 80’s. Mostly, in that time period everyone became a punk and all the clothing worn was supposed to be big which was the style. During the 80’s the most popular clothing worn were bodysuits, see-through layers, chunky jewelry, checked outwear, mini skirts, high-waisted jeans, baggy cropped trousers, tights, bold buttons, off-the-shoulder silhouettes, leggings, sequences, and oversized denim jackets. All these things are still commonly used today. (The Clash: El Ultimo Hair was also a very big thing in the 80’s. Side ponytails, many ponytails, perms, and gel were all very popular during that time period. The 80’s was the time period where everyone had big hair and it was all about whose was the biggest. Hairspray was also very common and everyone definitely had a can of hairspray in their house. Girls used hairspray to get their hair in place to make sure it stays very puffy and the men used hairspray as well to keep their hair in place and pull it back. Like isn’t perfect but your hair can be!



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Film and Theatre Best Shows and Movies

The 1980’s was an excellent decade for movies and entertainment. Many of today’s popular movies were made in the 1980’s. Here are some examples of some of the great films made in the 1980’s Cheers is a TV comedy series that was put on the air in 1982. This show, directed by James Burrows, is a show about the happenings in a unique Boston bar. The show entertained many with each incident of every episode, and remained popular for all 11 years of the show. Each episode of the show was performed in front of a live audience. Back to the Future is a movie about what could happen if time travel was invented. The 1980’s was a decade when people were really thinking about this subject, so this movie was a big hit. The movie also brought in culture from past decades, showing how much time has changed.



Food Quiche (Bacon and Cheese) - 3 oz can bacon bits Ingredients ½ cup chopped onions 5 oz shredded Swiss cheese 3 oz grated Parmesan cheese 9 inch deep dish frozen pie crust 4 eggs (lightly beaten) 1 cup half-and-half cream Recipe 1. Preheat oven to 400 F 2. In a bowl, mix bacon, onions, and both cheeses. Place in pie crust 3. Mix eggs and half and half in bowl. Place egg mixture above cheese mixture. 4. Bake in oven for 15 min. Reduce heat to 350 F and bake for 35 minutes until top of quiche turns brown


Culture On November 30, 1982, Michael Jackson released his hit song, “Thriller”. “Thriller” is part of Michael Jackson's album, Thriller. Thriller is Michael Jackson’s best selling album ever.

The Walkman was invented in 1979, but became very popular in the 1980s. It was like a compact cassette player that one could use when walking or exercising. When the Walkman was released, the number of people who walked increased by 30%. The Walkman also allowed for two people to listen at a time due to the two headphone jacks. Stephen King released many popular novels in the 1980s, including Misery, Different Seasons, and Firestarter, among many others. Stephen King is an author that favors writing about science fiction, horror, supernatural fiction, and fantasy. He has won many awards, such as the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Grand Master Award.


Book Review: The BFG by Roald Dahl The BFG is a great novel written by Roald Dahl, a book which is still very popular today. This is proven by the numbers of children that read it every year, and because it was created into a major motion picture in 2016. The novel is about an English girl who gets taken by a giant into a different world, of giants. The giant’s name is the BFG, standing for Big Friendly Giant. The girl, named Sophie, goes on adventures with the BFG to catch dreams, which is his job, and to avoid the other mean giants. “It is a wonderful children’s book, full of fantasy which children like. It fires their imagination.” ~ Fantasy Book Review - The BFG made it onto the New York Times bestseller list for Middle Grade Paperback for 4 weeks. 10

Sports Miracle on Ice In the 1980 Winter Olympics, the US hockey team, made up primarily of college players, beat the 4 time defending Soviet hockey team in a medal qualifying match. This has been called the “Miracle on Ice,” because the US team was a huge underdog but still managed to defeat the Soviet team in an essential victory.

Mets Win World Series on Last Play The 1986 World Series was a tough series. In game 7, the final game of the series, the Boston Red Sox looked like they were going to take the win. But with two outs and 2 strikes on the batter, the New York Mets hit a ball through the Red Sox first baseman’s legs to win the game, and the series. This is one of sport’s biggest wins in the last play of a game. 11


Paulina Guajardo In the 1980’s, everyone was obsessed with music. All the artists only cared about their image and how popular they were. They produced music only for their cover and image to make them look fantastic and talented. Mostly, during this decade the popular genres of music were hip-hop, new wave, and hair metal, and rap. Hip-hop and rap we're not nearly as popular as the other genres because usually, African Americans were the ones who composed these songs so there was a lot of segregation towards them. The new wave genre was a combination of punk, rock, dance music, synthesizers, and other electronic instruments. Furthermore, hair metal bands were usually influenced by heavy metal, punk rock, and rock music and they used these to create their music. These songs were very popular (I Love the 80's) because they became very catchy. During the 80’s there were several artists that became very famous for the music that they produced. Some of these superstars were Madonna, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, and Prince. They experienced a very big level of fame and their music became extremely popular. All of these superstars influenced the pop culture. They have influenced a lot of artists that are famous in present day because of all their talent. The 80’s was the decade of the one hit wonders where they would produce one or two songs and become extremely famous for them but then when they should try to make other songs they would not nearly be any popular as the one hit wonders.


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Way We Lived Paulina Guajardo

Everyone in the 80’s really liked their standard living style. During the 80’s mostly all house were able to have cable television. All homes had one installed and CNN started to become popular and that was how people received the news. This is has not changed, a lot of people still rely on CNN to get their news and global information. For children and teens, Nickelodeon started to become popular as well. It kept the children very entertained with the shows one was able to watch on that specific chanel. Also, MTV became the most popular out of all of them. It was music television and on their they would show various music videos which helped the career of all the music stars. If one wanted to rewatch any program on the television it was easy because all they had to do was to record it. Recording shows became very popular in the 80’s which is still commonly used in present day. (MTV Announces A Whole Channel Focusing On ’90s Hits) In the 80’s everyone's homes were all usually alike. They had their differences but they would normally look like the ones that we have in present day. One thing that all homes started to have during the 80s decade were personal computers. They did not exist before that but once they were invented they quickly became very popular and one’s necessity. The personal computers were first introduced by the Apple company and were later installed in people’s homes. (Apple II-1977)


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Government/Politics Carmen Hall

The American politician named Ronald Reagan became the 40th president during the 80s. He was the second oldest president of the United States being elected at 69. He served two terms, from 1981 to 1989. His goal was “peace through strength�. His views were originally liberal, but later shifted to become a conservative. Just 69 days after taking office he was shot, as well as three others, by John Hinckley Junior. He was able to recover quickly ("Ronald Reagan") and continue his journey as President of the United States. Ronald Reagan strongly opposed Communism, he even ordered 1 trillion US dollars to be used for new defense on both the ground and space. He cut taxes and passed the Tax Reform Act of 1986. This Act eliminated tax shelters and reduced the amount of deductions. As well, he negotiated a nuclear arms reduction with the Soviet Union which helped end the Cold war. He was able to gain the name of the Great Communicator. During his presidency, the federal air traffic controllers union (PACTO) went on strike and he ended up firing 11,000 controllers showing that union workers need to be controlled. He was a very strong political figure.



Law and Justice On March 30, 1981, John W. Hinckley Jr. and other conspirators shot President Ronald Reagan and his advisors. Although Reagan did not die, his Press Secretary James Brady was shot in the head and suffered permanent brain damage. Hinckley was arrested and put on trial in 1982. However, Hinckley was pronounced not guilty by his reason of mental insanity causing controversy among the citizens of America. He was diagnosed with mental insanity due to having a narcissistic personality disorder and an obsession with the movie Taxi Driver, where the main character kills a senator. His lawyers argued that the movie was what motivated Hinckley, and what made him plan the assassination attempt. John Hinckley was charged with assassination attempt against the President. When the verdict came out, he was sent to a mental hospital. In the 1990s, his lawyers stated that his mental illness lessened, and he was allowed supervised trips out of the hospital. 16


Foreign Affairs Carmen Hall

Ronald Reagan, the president for most of the 1980s strongly opposed Communism. Since he believed this he wanted to end all tension with the Soviet Union trying to end the Cold War which lasted from 1946-1991. He announced the Strategic Defense Initiative to develop weapons for space to defend ourselves from opposing countries such as the Soviet Union.


("Ronald Reagan")

In a couple of years, Reagan was able to build a relationship with Gorbachev the president of the Soviet Union. They were successfully able in 1987, to sign an agreement to eliminate immediate-range nuclear missiles. This destroyed a large threat the United States used to face. He was also able to challenge Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall and finally multiple months later, Reagan convinced him to allow the people of Berlin to destroy it. Ronald Reagan was also able to send 800 US Marines to Lebanon as a part of the international peacekeeping since Israel had invaded in June of 1982. In late 1983 previous actions caused suicide bombers to attack Marine barracks and kill 241 Americans. He leader had to deal with relationships between the Libyan leader Muammar al- Gaddafi. Reagan also sent US forces to lead an invasion of Grenada, in the Caribbean since Marxist rebel 18 overthrew the government.

Ronald Reagan’s Administration wanted to combat communism in Latin America. The specific countries were El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Cuba. El Salvador was made the “test case” by Haig the US Secretary of State and he wanted to send more military assistance. The executive branch and legislative branches clashed since Congress did not want this and madea certification of progress on human rights. The relations with China also needed to be improved. Haig wanted to turn the informal alliance with China to a strategic association. This could be done to avoid a strong communist relationship with Russia. There was a debate on the sale of military aircraft with Taiwan as well, Reagan insisted loyalty with the country. This later caused tensions with China, but after numerous negotiations both China and the United States a joint communiqué. The United states had to limit the sale of arms and China had to seek a peaceful solution to the tensions.

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Domestic Affairs Most of the 1980’s domestic affairs circled around the Ronald Reagan administration. Reagan was a Republican president, and followed the Republican order. Reagan, in his years as president, hired many new Supreme Court justices, all Republicans. Reagan also payed a lot of attention to the Berlin Wall. In 1987, Ronald Reagan travelled to West Berlin to give a speech about the wall, where he said his famous quote “Tear down that wall!”. This quote was famed in history and led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. On March 30, 1981, about 6 years before the “Tear down that wall” speech, Ronald Reagan was shot by John Hinckley in Washington D.C. Hinckley was mentally insane, and went to an insane hospital after the shooting. He fired six shots, but only one hit Reagan. Three others were wounded in the shooting. There was a quick recovery, however. The next election, Reagan won the electoral votes of 49 out of 50 states and got the Berlin Wall to finally fall. 22

The 1980’s was a year of many political affairs, but there were also many environmental problems. In the 1980’s, the hole in the ozone layer was first discovered. The ozone layer is the layer in the atmosphere that helps keep the sun’s ultraviolet rays out of Earth. But with the hole, temperatures rise, and UV rays become much more dangerous. Pollution was also a big issue in the 80’s. Pollution was a large factor to what caused the hole, but pollution was noticed even more in the form of smog. Smog is similar to a combination of smoke and fog, and it is formed from dirty air from pollution. Smog was at some of its highest levels in the 1980’s, and this is when scientists started noticing and acting upon it. The ozone hole was first discovered and researched in the 80s, and people started becoming aware of the harm coming to themselves. The 1980’s was the decade of movement in certain issues like the environment, but it also was a decade in which many political actions were made, mainly through the Ronald Reagan administration. Many Reagan policies and actions are still making an impact today, and many of the domestic affairs were dealt with in all sorts of different ways. 23


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Celebrity Gossip Carmen Hall

Paul McCartney was arrested for carrying marijuana. He went to jail for 9 days. He was going through security in Japan when they found 8 ounces of marijuana in his bag.


Marvin Gaye was killed by his father. The day before his 45th birthday he went to his parents home and get into a heated argument over insurance when his pulled out a gun and shot him 2 times, killing him. Marvin Gaye is a famed singer, and this is a big event.



Don Henley was arrested for giving cocaine to a 16-year old. The young girl was allegedly naked and was later booked for prostitution. He was later caught with more drugs in his home such as marijuana. 25

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