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1982 History, Trivia and Fun Facts
1982 History Snapshot
World Series Champions
|St. Louis Cardinals|
Superbowl XVI Champions
|San Fransisco 49ers|
National Basketball Association Champions
|Los Angeles Lakers|
NHL Stanley Cup Champions
|New York Islanders|
US Open Golf
US Open Tennis (Men Ladies)
|Jimmy Connors/Chris Evert Lloyd|
|Jimmy Connors/Martina Navratilova|
FIFA World Cup Soccer
NCAA Football Champions
NCAA Basketball Champions
|Orange Bowl: January 1, 1982 - Clemson over
Rose Bowl: January 1, 1982 - Washington over Iowa
Sugar Bowl : January 1, 1982 - Pittsburgh over Georgia
|Gato Del Sol|
Westminster Kennel Best in Show Dog
|Saint Aubry Draogora of Elsdon|
Time Magazine's Magazine of the Year
|Elizabeth Ward (Russellville, AR)|
|Terri Utley (Arkansas)|
Fashion Icons and Movie Stars
|Kim Alexis, Carol Alt, Loni Anderson, Carol Alt, Barbara Bach, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Christie Brinkley, Phoebe Cates, Joan Collins, Lydia Cornell, Janice Dickinson, Linda Evans, Morgan Fairchild, Farrah Fawcett, Carrie Fisher, Jane Fonda, Daryl Hannah, Debbie Harry, Marilu Henner, Shelley Hack, Goldie Hawn, Lauren Hutton, Kathy Ireland, Grace Jones, Nastassja Kinski, Diane Lane, Audrey Landers, Jessica Lange, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Heather Locklear, Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Markie Post, Princess Diana, Victoria Principal, Tanya Roberts, Betsy Russell, Brooke Shields, Suzanne Somers, Heather Thomas, Cheryl Tiegs, Debra Winger|
|"E.T. phone home"
- E.T. in E.T.
- Heather O'Rourke in Poltergeist
"RAID kills bugs dead"
"When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight"
Larry Walters, the man that flew 15,000 feet above LA in a lawn chair carried by weather balloons in 1982, said to the press after he landed- "It was something I had to do. I had this dream for twenty years, and if I hadn't done it, I think I would have ended up in the funny farm."
1982 Pop Culture History
The screenplay for John Carpenter's 1982 film The Thing
was based on a 1938 science-fiction novella
entitled Who Goes There?. The character names and main plot
points are almost identical, and the creature is referred to as
"the Thing" within the story.
Joe Strummer (frontman of The Clash) was pressured by his manager
to go into hiding in Texas as a publicity stunt for the band's upcoming
tour. Strummer instead decided to genuinely disappear to France
for months, where he ran the Paris Marathon.
The spikes at the end of Stegosaurus's tail are called "thagomizers"
because of a Far Side comic, published in 1982, that featured
a cave man pointing to a diagram of a Stegosaurus tail with the
caption "Now this end is called the Thagomizer- after the late
The Place To Be
|The San Fernando Valley
Home of the Valley Girls - from the neighborhoods of San Fernando Valley- they made valspeak the colloquial language of the day - Films like Valley Girl, and Frank (and Moon Unit) Zappa's hit Valley Girl.
It brought the following terms (Valspeak) into the American lexicon:
Like - Used as an interjection: "That was, like, the worst thing ever!" or to indicate speech: "And she was like 'Get out of my way!'"
As if - lit. "yeah, right" or "as if" except it does not use a subject; expresses disbelief.
Bitchin' - adj. slang for excellent; first-rate. Though a derivative of "bitch", bitchin' is sometimes not considered profane.
Whatever! - short for "whatever you say"; sarcastic interjection often emphasizing the final syllable.
Fer shur - lit. "For sure", often used in agreement.
Totally -"I agree" or "completely."
Oh my God (later OMG!) - can be used many ways; expresses shock.
Tre - A synonym for "very" (derived from French "très")
So - Very; used frequently and said with strong emphasis.
Seriously - Frequent interjection of approval.
Gnarly - expression of seriousness. can be a word for very intense or very pleasing
Are you serious?- expression of surprise.
Anyways... - Substitute for the grammatically correct "Anyway..."
RIP, Scandals, Sad and Odd News
An onset accident took the lives of Vic Morrow and two child actors,
Myca Dinh Le and Renee Shin-Yi Chen, on the set of The Twilight
Zone: The Movie.
John DeLorean, best known for developing the DeLorean DMC-12, also developed the Pontiac GTO, Firebird, Grand Prix, and Chevy Vega. He was arrested for drug trafficking in 1982 trying to raise money for his failing company and successfully defended himself proving entrapment by federal agents.
The subject of The Kinks 1982 hit Come Dancing, Ray Davies' sister Rene died of a heart attack while dancing at a ballroom on his 13th birthday.
The 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, TN made a total profit of $57- the city was left with $46M debt.
Madison Square Garden has not paid property taxes since 1982 because a 10 year tax abatement was inadvertently made perpetual due to a clerical error. This has cost New York City (and saved MSG) about $200M.
Someone laced Tylenol capsules on store shelves across the Chicago area with cyanide, killing seven. While the perpetrator of this crime was never found, it did usher in the development of tamper-proof packaging for over-the-counter drugs, which is now an industry standard.
The MPAA tried to outlaw VCRs (unsuccessfully) in 1982.
Press sensationalism influenced the 1982 conviction of an Australian woman for murdering her baby, and after 6 years in prison she was totally exonerated, yet her plaintive "a dingo ate my baby" became joke fodder among American comedians.
While wearing his future wife Sharon's dress, Ozzy Osbourne drunkenly urinated on a cenotaph erected in honour of those who died at the Alamo in Texas. He was arrested and subsequently banned from the city of San Antonio for 10 years.
Movie Star Death: John Belushi (heroin & cocaine overdose)
Airplane Celebrity Death: Randy Rhodes
Firsts and the Biggest Christmas Gifts
Arcadia 2001 Game Console, Colecovision, Vectrex Video Console, Atari 5200 SuperSystem, Coleco's Gemini Console, Strawberry Shortcake, Smurfs, My Little Pony, BMX Bikes, Trivial Pursuit, Sequence
EA (Electronic Arts) was founded.
1982 was the year Kenneth Cole launched his shoe company.
GM introduced the General Motors' Saturn car company.
The first documented use of the emoticons :-) and :-( was in September 1982 at Carnegie Mellon University.
NASCAR Illustrated Magazine (1982-2016)
|Listening to Michael Jackson's Thriller album,
playing video games Ms. Pacman and Q*bert , Break dancing, Moon Walking,
watching the film E.T. , watching, and sometimes excerising
with Jane Fonda' Woerkout video tape, wearing Deely Bobbers, playing
with Strawberry Shortcake dolls.
Reading E.T. the Extraterrestrial Storybook by William Kotzwinkle
1982/83 Biggest Television Shows
|(according to Nielsen
1. 60 Minutes (CBS)
2. Dallas (CBS)
3. M*A*S*H (CBS)
4. Magnum, P.I. (CBS)
5. Dynasty (ABC)
6. Three's Company (ABC)
7. Simon & Simon (CBS)
8. Falcon Crest (CBS)
9. The Love Boat (ABC)
10. The A-Team ( NBC)
Popular Music Artists
|The Biggest Pop Artists of 1982 include
Air Supply, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Dan Fogelberg, Dazz Band, Deniece Williams, Donna Summer, Evelyn 'Champagne' King, The Gap Band, J. Geils Band, The Go-Gos, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, John Cougar (Melloncamp), Journey, Juice Newton, Lionel Richie, Men at Work, Micheal Jackson, Neil Diamond, Patrice Rushen, Paul Davis, Paul McCartney, Ray Parker Jr, Prince, Quarterflash, Queen, Sheena Easton, Skyy, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Nicks, Stevie Wonder, Survivor, Toto
(Data is complied from various charts including: Billboard's Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)
Number One Hits of 1982
|November 21, 1981 - January 29, 1982: Olivia Newton-John
January 30, 1982 - February 5, 1982: Daryl Hall and John Oates - I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)
February 6, 1982 - March 19, 1982: The J. Geils Band - Centerfold
March 20, 1982 - May 7, 1982: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts - I Love Rock 'n' Roll
May 8, 1982 - May 14, 1982: Vangelis - Chariots of Fire
May 15, 1982 - July 2, 1982: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder - Ebony and Ivory
July 3, 1982 - July 23, 1982: The Human League - Don't You Want Me
July 24, 1982 - September 3, 1982: Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
September 4, 1982 - September 10, 1982: Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra
September 11, 1982 - October 1, 1982: Chicago - Hard to Say I'm Sorry
October 2, 1982 - October 29, 1982: John Cougar - Jack and Diane
October 30, 1982 - November 5, 1982: Men at Work - Who Can It Be Now
November 6, 1982 - November 26, 1982: Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong
November 27, 1982 - December 10, 1982: Lionel Richie - Truly
December 11, 1982 - December 17, 1982: Toni Basil - Mickey
December 18, 1982 - January 14, 1983: Daryl Hall and John Oates - Maneater
(according to boxofficemojo)
48 HRS., An Officer and a Gentleman, Annie, The Beastmaster, Best Friends, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Blade Runner, Conan the Barbarian, The Dark Crystal, Diner, E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Firefox, First Blood, Friday the 13th Part III, Gandhi, Poltergeist, Porky's, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, The Road Warrior, Rocky III, The Secret of NIMH, Smokey and the Bandit Part III, Sophie's Choice, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, The Sword and the Sorcerer, Tootsie, The Toy, Tron, The World According to Garp, The Verdict, Victor/Victoria, Young Doctor's In Love
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