- Posted September 2, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Life in the early 1980s: Style and politics
I remember driving myself and my three youngest siblings to the arcade across the river in the early 80's to play the latest video games, Pac-Man, Missile Command, Berzerk, Defender. It was the best time ever!
I had just graduated from college with an art degree and had no idea what to do with my life. I eventually moved to Washington, DC after taking a few computer programming courses, and landed a job as a computer operator.
What I remember most about the 80's is the music and how important it was to me and my friends as an extension of who we were. I remember my roommate was really into Bronski Beat and Echo and the Bunnymen. She would play these bands constantly. If you went to a club it was Pet Shop Boys, Madonna, and New Order that was playing to people in crazy hair get-ups on the dance floor. My personal favorite at the time was Peter Gabriel. The music at this time had a type of beat and cool factor you don't see anymore.
Living in the Washington DC area, I remember one day very clearly during the time of the Iran–Contra affair. I was driving down Connecticut Avenue into downtown DC and there were people lined up along either side of the road for a good quarter mile, near the NIH buildings, holding signs and screaming and yelling at each other, one side pro-government and the other protesting against. I was actually fearful of driving down between all this but it was an experience I won't forget. I felt like I was at the center of the universe that day.
I have always cherished the 80's. I really love the 70's and the 90's too, but the 80's stand out for me with a kind of flair and bravery all its own. Cell phones, the internet and social media would all come soon … I guess this was a sort of calm before the technological storm.