Sue Scheff: Happy New Year's! January 1, 1985 - 25 Years Ago


Are you confused why this is title 1985? Didn’t we just rock into 2010? Yes we did! What happened 25 years ago? A quarter of a century ago:

  • The cost of a postage stamp went up to .22 cents on 2/17/85 from .20 cents.
  • Ronald Reagan (Republican) was our President.
  • Super Bowl – San Francisco d. Miami (38-16)
  • World Series – Kansas City d. St. Louis Cardinals (4-3)
  • NBA Championship- LA Lakers d. Boston (4-2)
  • 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.
  • Miss America: Sharlene Wells (UT)
  • Hit Movies: Kiss of the Spider Woman, Out of Africa, Prizzi’s Honor, The Color Purple
  • Books: Robert Bly, Loving a Woman in Two Worlds -Keri Hulme, The Bone People -Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
  • Record of the Year: “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Tina Turner
  • Album of the Year: Can’t Slow Down, Lionel Richie (Motown)
  • Song of the Year: “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” Graham Lyle and Terry Britten, songwriters
  • In 1985, Michael Jackson was at the peak of his powers. He’d won eight Grammy awards for “Thriller,” the most successful album of all time - and had just released “We Are The World,” a charity single with almost every major name in pop that sold in the double-digit millions.
  • My daughter was born on January 1st, 1985! Happy 25th Birthday to her!
What will your 2010 bring you? Many young couples out there are starting a new life together, many parents are learning more about keeping their children safe both online and off, and opportunities are opening for those that can’t see them…. but they are there.

Take a few minutes to watch the video - 25 years ago, yet seems like yesterday. Above is a cover of TV Guide in 1985.

Also on Examiner.

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