Are You a Child of the 80’s?

I love watching That 70’s Show.  I knew those people, although they were a few years ahead of me.  Because I was a child in the 70’s, but a teenager in the 80’s.  I consider myself better versed in culture with the 1980’s. 

Perhaps since I attended my 25th high school reunion lately (about which I’ll post an update next week), I’ve been thinking about stuff that defined my generation.  Take the following quiz to see if you might qualify as a child of the 80’s or be named an honorary member! 

1.  Who is this?  And who was his nemesis?

2.  What is a Flux Capacitor and what does it do?  Bonus points if you know who invented it!

3.  What is a Gremlin and what are the three rules for keeping one as a pet?

4.  Name at least three members of the Brat Pack.

5.  Complete the following song lyric:  “Won’t you take me to                                                     ?”

6.  Why was Christa McAuliffe famous and what happened to her?

7.  Did you watch USA’s Night Flight?  Can you name any movies you saw on that show?

8.  What was the first video you watched on MTV?

9.  How many times did you watch the shooting of Ronald Reagan replayed before you finally decided you’d seen enough?  (Maybe that’s when someone invented cable, so we would have more options!)

10.  Frogger, Pacman, Galaga, Asteroids, or Centipede?

11.  Where were you when you found out the Berlin Wall had fallen?

12.  Did you ever try New Coke? (Thank heaven that failed.)

13.  Did you pump regular gas into your vehicle?  Or has it always been unleaded?

14.  Which wedding did you watch with baited breath?  Charles and Princess Diana?  Or Luke and Laura?

15. Complete the following ad:  Two all beef patties, special                        , lettuce,                              , pickles,                                               , on a                                                                      bun.  (While you’re at it, you deserve                                                                                                    .)

So how did you do?  Give yourself partial credit if you wish.  For instance, I could recall only two of the three Gremlin rules on my own!  Here are some answers:

1.  This is Mr. Bill who featured in clay animation shorts on Saturday Night Live from 1976 through 1980.  His nemesis was Sluggo.

2.  The Flux Capacitor uses 1.21 gigawatts of power to fuel the time machine DeLorean in Back to the Future.  It was invented by Doc Brown.

3.  A Gremlin is a cute furry pet that you must (1) never get wet; (2) never expose to the sunlight; and (3) never feed after midnight.  If you do, it becomes a horrendous creature that will make you wish you had listened to the pet store owner.

4.  The “Brat Pack” were teenage actors in the 1980’s with core members Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.

5.  “Won’t you take me to Funkytown?” was a song from 1980 by Lipps Inc.

6.  Christa McAuliffe was the teacher chosen to be an astronaut on the 1986 NASA Space Shuttle Challenger flight. Unfortunately, it broke apart 73 seconds after its launch, killing all seven crew members.

7.  You’ll have to look up movies shown on USA’s Night Flight, but it was a Friday and Saturday night show that featured rock interviews, videos, cult movies, and more.  It ran from 1981 to 1988.

8.  The first video I watched on MTV was at my friend Tami’s house and it was Night Ranger singing D0n’t Tell Me You Love Me.

9.  There were so many replays of the Reagan shooting that SNL did a skit about the constant barrage of images.

10.  My best score was on Centipede, which I played at the bowling alley arcade.

11.  I was at college in 1989 and found out about the Berlin Wall’s Fall from fellow classmates.  Then we watched the news reports and celebrated with the freed people of Germany.

No, it didn't.

12.  New Coke was awful.  Classic Coke is the best!

13.  I pumped regular gas into my parents’ cars, but unleaded took over the market through the 1980’s.  By the time I got a car, the gasoline was unleaded.

14.  I watched the coverage of Princess Diana and Charles marrying (1981), but Luke and Laura’s wedding on General Hospital (also 1981) was “attended” by many viewers who dressed up for the event and held receptions.  The royal couple attracted 750 million viewers, but the fictional couple got 30 million viewers.

15.  Two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.  (While you’re at it, you deserve a break today.)  Thanks, McDonald’s for the Big Mac and the break today campaign!

So are you a child of the 80’s?  What decade do you relate to?  What quiz questions might you come up with for your generation?

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16 thoughts on “Are You a Child of the 80’s?

  1. Surprisingly, no. I knew the answer to about half of these. I was 18 in 1991, so I remember stuff from the later part of the decade, I guess. I loved this trip down memory lane, though. 😀

  2. OH!! I'm in! I'm officially a child of the '80's! I actually knew I was but feared I'd forgotten half of those things. What great memories. I loved the 80's… despite some tragedies. Thanks for this trip down memory lane. 🙂 (btw – I bet I'd have given you a run for your money on Centipede if we'd met up at the Ground Round in '82. lol)

  3. Yup, I'm with you! I got a 12-1/2 on this one (I also couldn't remember a third Gremlins rule LOL). Must be a different quiz than another one I saw a couple months ago, because I flunked that one!

  4. Loved this! I was born in 1980, so I don't remember half of the decade, though for some reason I still consider myself a child of the 80s, when in reality I was more a child of the 90s, I suppose. I did love Frogger though :). And I knew the Gremlin rules. But I was only a year old for the royal wedding then :). Fun post!

  5. I remembered Mr. Bill but not Sluggo. Makes me want to watch old episodes of SNL! I think I might have been a bit too young for Flight Night but the rest of the questions were spot on 🙂 Thanks for the memories!

  6. WHAT a great post. I'm totally a child of the '80s. Gremlins – I still have my stuffed Gizmo that I've kept out of the sunlight and water for all of these years. He squeels when you shake him. I also watched Luke & Laura's wedding….I actually STILL watch General Hospital. MTV, Back to the Future, oh – everything takes me back to a great time. Thanks, Julie!

  7. Y'all did great!Debora – I'd probably die on the first round of Centipede now!Tiffany – Can't believe you have Gizmo. How cool is that?!Xandra – Guess my quiz was pretty American. Did you catch my last post on sidekicks because I know I mentioned John Steed & Emma Peel – a purely wonderful BRITISH show!

  8. Though I am not a child of the 80s – I still enjoyed the post. I'm more of a 90s kid myself…are you doing a post about pre-2000? If so, I might get a few of the answers. 🙂

  9. Love this list. I felt like a kid when reciting the answers out loud. Funny story… my children happened up on the Gremlins movie and became obsessed. I still had (in Mom's attic) my old Gizmo doll. My five year old was in love. Unfortunately she got it muddy one day, and I innocently put it in the washer. She started screaming… she didn't want poor Gizmo to have babies. I had completely forgotten. Some quick-thinking allowed me to put a fairy spell on Gizmo to protect him. Ah…..

  10. M.E. – I'll have to look into a pre-2000 quiz. I was a newlywed and then a new mom in the 90's, so I wasn't paying a lot of attention then. We'll see!Tia – So funny! We moms have to watch that little stuff, right?

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