1985 - The Sixth Year of the Crazy Eighties - An Important Year
1985 was an important year for me. It was the year I married my first, only, and current wife. My younger son, Jonathan, was born around nine months later.
I was stationed with the Marine Corps in Yuma, Arizona (the second time around) and only for a little over two years. The government loves moving military people around even when it serves no purpose. In this case, I was glad the tour only lasted that long. Overseas tours were always less political with the military leaders.
Happenings in 1985
- Ronald Reagan was sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.
- The Domain Name System for the Internet was created.
- Richard Stallman’s GNU Manifesto was published.
- U.S. Route 66 was officially decommissioned. I actually drove on some parts of “Historic Route 66” before and after it was decommissioned.
- The first restaurant smoking ban was passed in Aspen, Colorado.
- Super Mario Bros. was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (yes, the first one of each). I didn’t buy the system until 1988, when the system was bundled with Super Mario Bros. and Duck Hunt.
- DNA is used in a criminal case for the first time.
Movies Released in 1985
- Back to the Future
- Better Off Dead
- The Breakfast Club
- Brewsters Millions
- Fright Night
- The Goonies
- The Last Dragon
- Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- Once Bitten
- Pale Rider
- Porky’s Revenge
- Rambo: First Blood Part II
- Real Genius
- Rocky IV
- Spies Like Us
- St. Elmo’s Fire
- Teen Wolf
- The Return of the Living Dead
- A View to a Kill
- Weird Science
- White Nights
Because Josie (my wife) was pregnant for most of the year, we watched most movies on rented video tapes or waited for them to show up on HBO. Yuma had two drive-in theaters and one walk-in theater. We had to leave “The Return of the Living Dead” at one of the drive-ins because the gore made Josie sick.
Although I was aware of a lot that was on television in 1985, I didn’t watch most of it. Josie liked watching the nighttime dramas, which she still does, while I have always ignored them.
- The A-Team
- The Colbys
- Falcon Crest
- Miami Vice
- Spenser for Hire
Music Released in 1985
This was the year I started collecting music on compact disc. I joined a music club and received CDs in the mail. I still had most of those CDs more than 10 years later. I copied the music from the CDs to files soon after I bought my first IBM-compatible computer. Since I was using Windows 3.11, I’m sure they were WAV files. I’m also sure I converted them to MP3 files later on.
- A-Ha - Take On Me
- Billy Ocean - Loverboy & Suddenly
- Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A., Glory Days & I’m On Fire
- Bryan Adams - Heaven, Run To You & Summer of ‘69
- Chicago - You’re the Inspiration
- Corey Hart - Never Surrender
- Cyndi Lauper - All Through the Night
- Darryl Hall and John Oates - Method of Modern Love & Out of Touch
- Debarge - Rhythm of the Night & Who’s Holding Donna Now
- Dire Straits - Money for Nothing
- Don Henley - The Boys of Summer & All She Wants To Do Is Dance
- Duran Duran - A View to a Kill
- Foreigner - I Want to Know What Love Is
- Glenn Frey - The Heat Is On & You Belong to the City
- Huey Lewis and The News - The Power of Love
- John Parr - St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)
- Julian Lennon - Too Late for Goodbyes & Valotte
- Kool and the Gang - Cherish & Fresh
- Lionel Richie - Penny Lover
- Madonna - Crazy For You, Like a Virgin & Material Girl
- Pat Benatar - We Belong
- Paul Young - Every Time You Go Away
- Phil Collins - Don’t Lose My Number, Easy Lover (with Philip Bailey), One More Night, Separate Lives (with Marilyn Martin) & Sussudio
- The Pointer Sisters - The Neutron Dance
- REO Speedwagon - Can’t Fight This Feeling
- Simple Minds - Don’t You (Forget About Me)
- Starship - We Built This City
- Stevie Wonder - Part-Time Lover
- Sting - If You Love Somebody Set Them Free & Fortress Around Your Heart
- Survivor - I Can’t Hold Back & The Search Is Over
- Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Head Over Heels & Shout
- The Eurythmics - Would I Lie To You?
- Tina Turner - Better Be Good To Me, Private Dance & We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)
- U.S.A. For Africa - We Are The World
- Wham! - Careless Whisper & Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
- Whitney Houston - Saving All My Love for You & You Give Good Love
There are probably many more I can’t remember at this moment.
Not My Favorite Year of the Eighties
Not even close. As I mentioned earlier, Josie was pregnant for most of the year, and she drove me crazy. I had to deal with the cravings, the anger and everything else. She had no other relatives or close friends to unload on.
Even if I could go back in time and change things, I wouldn’t.
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By RT Cunningham
September 9, 2019