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Wooooo Hoooo !!!!!  It's finally here!!!!!!

It is official now ...  Jackson House is the location ...  see the Agenda ...

We do not get to the house until approx 4:30pm Friday...after that ... you can call us there at 409-737-9957 

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In 1981


Ronald Reagan had just been sworn in as President of the United States

The IBM PC had just hit the market ( yes, it's true ... we are getting older than dirt! )

IBM Archives

IBM Personal Computer
IBM's launch of the Personal Computer (IBM 5150) in 1981 set the industry standard for personal computing. While this is an appropriate moment to salute the legendary PC on its 20th birthday, it's also a good time to take this brief look back at some of the pioneering IBM small computers that immediately proceeded it.
August 13
bulletIBM announces the IBM 5150 PC Personal Computer, in New York. The PC features a 4.77 MHz Intel 8088 CPU, 64 KB RAM (expandable to 256 KB), 40 KB ROM, one 5.25-inch floppy drive (160 KB capacity), and PC-DOS 1.0 (Microsoft's MS-DOS), for about US$3000. Also included is Microsoft BASIC, VisiCalc, UCSD Pascal, CP/M-86, and Easywriter 1.0. A fully loaded version with color graphics costs US$6000.


 The first space shuttle, Columbia, was launched on April 12, 1981 from Cape Canaveral, Florida


Dianna and Charles got married ...


Lech Walesa started the Solidarity Movement in Poland ...


"Gay Cancer" was finally identified as AIDS ...

   Yeah, that's a picture of the nasty little bug ...         


The Iran Hostages had just been released ...


John Lennon had just been shot.


The United States of America had just celebrated it's Bicentennial 5 years before. ( Remember all of the red, white, and blue ! )


MTV was started ... that's right, before 1981 there was no MTV ... damn we are getting old!

"..Celebrate good times, come on..." was all over pop radio.

Pope John Paul II was shot.

President Reagan fired the air traffic controllers.

The first woman ( Sandra Day O'Connor ) was appointed to the Supreme Court.

President Reagan was shot.

Return of the Jedi was one year old.

Iran - Iraq war

Abscam - On February 3, 1980, the Philadelphia Inquirer and other newspapers revealed details about a secret two-year FBI sting operation code-named "Abscam." By 1984, four members of the U.S. House of Representatives and one U.S. Senator had been convicted of bribery and conspiracy charges. It was the biggest scandal to hit Washington since Watergate though it is largely forgotten today. Why is that? Because neither party has an incentive to bring it up.

Mount Saint Helens Erupts - 

OK...so it wasn't 1981 ... but close ..what can I say?  I needed a cataclysmic event to put here :)  ......May 18, 1980, a Sunday, dawned bright and clear. At 7 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), USGS volcanologist David A. Johnston, who had Saturday-night duty at an observation post about six miles north of the volcano, radioed in the results of some laser-beam measurements he had made moments earlier that morning. These measurements showed no change from the pattern of activity of the preceding month. Seismic data, rate of bulge movement, sulfur-dioxide gas emission, and ground temperature readings revealed no unusual changes that could be taken as warning signals for the catastrophe that would strike about an hour and a half later. About 20 seconds after 8:32 A.M. PDT, apparently in response to a magnitude 5.1 earthquake approximately one mile beneath the volcano, the bulged, unstable north flank of Mount St. Helens suddenly began to collapse, triggering a rapid and tragic train of events that resulted in widespread devastation and the loss of 57 people, including volcanologist Johnston.

Playing on TV in 1981 - 

Top 10 TV Shows of 80-81

5. Jeffersons

4. Love Boat

3. M*A*S*H

2. Dukes of Hazzard

1. Dallas


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Shows that aired on Mondays ABC That's Incredible! Monday Night Football
CBS Flo Ladies' Man M*A*S*H House Calls Lou Grant
NBC Little House on the Prairie NBC Monday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Tuesdays ABC Happy Days Laverne & Shirley Three's Company Too Close for Comfort Hart to Hart
CBS White Shadow CBS Tuesday Night Movie
NBC Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo B.J. and the Bear Steve Allen Comedy Hour
Shows that aired on Wednesdays ABC Eight is Enough Taxi Soap Vega$
CBS Enos CBS Wednesday Night Movie
NBC Real People Diff'rent Strokes Facts of Life Quincy, M.E.
Shows that aired on Thursdays ABC Mork & Mindy Bosom Buddies Barney Miller It's A Living 20-20
CBS Waltons Magnum P.I. Knots Landing
NBC Games People Play NBC Thursday Night Movie
Shows that aired on Fridays ABC Benson I'm a Big Girl Now ABC Friday Night Movie
CBS Incredible Hulk Dukes of Hazzard Dallas
NBC Marie Speak Up America NBC Magazine with David Brinkley
Shows that aired on Saturdays ABC Breaking Away Love Boat Fantasy Island
CBS WKRP in Cincinnati Tim Conway Show Freddie and the Bean Secrets of Midland Heights
NBC Barbara Mandrell & the Mandrell Sisters Walking Tall Hill Street Blues
Shows that aired on Sundays ABC Charlie's Angels ABC Sunday Night Movie
CBS Archie Bunker's Place One Day at a Time Alice Jeffersons Trapper Johm, M.D.
NBC CHiPS Big Event
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1981 Movies

Raiders of the Lost Ark was number one at the box office while On Golden Pond won big at the Oscars. 

Other notable movies of the year include:

An American Werewolf in London


Atlantic City

Body Heat

Chariots of Fire

Das Boot

The French Lieutenant's Woman

Pennies from Heaven




Top 10 Singles on the radio:

10. Rapture - Blondie

9. Celebration - Kool and the Gang

8. Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield

7. Private Eyes - Hall and Oates

6. Morning Train - Sheena Easton

5. Kiss on my List - Hall and Oates

4. Arthur's Theme - Christopher Cross

3. Endless Love - Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

2. Physical - Olivia Newton-John

1. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes


Here are some of the albums you may have been listening to in 1981.

Black Flag - Damaged

Black Uhuru - Red

Carpenters - Made In America

Daryl Hall & John Oates - Private Eyes

David Byrne, Brian Eno - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts

Elton John - The Fox

Elvis Costello, Attractions - Trust

Foreigner - 4

Funkadelic - The Electric Spanking Of War Babies


J Geils Band - Freeze Frame

Joan Jett & Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'N Roll

King Crimson - Discipline

Kraftwerk - Computer World

Loverboy - Get Lucky

Luther Vandross - Never Too Much

Neville Brothers - Fiyo On The Bayou

Olivia Newton-John - Physical

Police - Ghost in the Machine

Prince - Controversy

Psychedelic Furs - Talk, Talk, Talk


Rolling Stones - Tattoo You

Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret

Squeeze - East Side Story

Stevie Nicks - Bella Donna

The Time

Tom Tom Club

U2 - Boy



From the Rubik's Cube, to Boom Boxes, to Cabbage Patch Kids, to Koosh Balls, to Trivial Pursuit, to those annoying "Baby on Board" signs, we're covering all the fads of the Awesome80s.

"Baby on Board" Signs

Remember when we were supposed to avoid hitting the cars with the "Baby on Board" signs on them? It's open season on them now!

Boom Boxes

Want to let the rest of the neighborhood share in the sure enjoyment of the latest Ozzy Osborne album? Get a Boom Box and a crate full of batteries and blast away!


Coordinated enough to kick a bean bag but too wimpy to be a jock? Hacky-Sack was your sport. Full article coming soon!

Rubik's Cube

One of the most universally identifiable products of the era, the Rubik's Cube came out of Eastern Europe in the early Awesome80s to take America by storm. It's 42 quintillion (!) combinations kept us guessing - until we figured out how to take them apart.

Trivial Pursuit

Want to seem as cleaver as Cliff Claven? Memorize a card set and then play a set or two against your friends. Both of them. We were all playing Trivial Pursuit in the early-Awesome80s.



1980 Movies