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1982 Trivia

<< - 1981
World Series Champions:
St. Louis Cardinals
Superbowl XVI Champions:
San Fransisco 49ers
NBA Champions:
Los Angeles Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:
New York Islanders
U.S. Open Golf:
Tom Watson
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Jimmy Connors/Chris Evert Lloyd
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Jimmy Connors/Martina Navratilova
NCAA Football Champions:
Penn State
NCAA Basketball Champions:
North Carolina
Kentucky Derby:
Gato Del Sol
World Cup (Soccer):
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Loni Anderson, Carol Alt, Barbara Bach, Catherine Bach, Kim Basinger, Phoebe Cates, Joan Collins, Lydia Cornell, Linda Evans, Morgan Fairchild, Farrah Fawcett, Jane Fonda, Daryl Hannah, Debbie Harry, Marilu Henner, Goldie Hawn, Lauren Hutton, Grace Jones, Nastassja Kinski, Jessica Lange, Heather Locklear, Olivia Newton-John, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Victoria Principal, Tanya Roberts, Betsy Russell, Brooke Shields, Suzanne Somers, Heather Thomas, Debra Winger
"The Quotes"

"E.T. phone home"
- E.T. in 'E.T.'

"They're Here"
- Heather O'Rourke in 'Poltergeist'

"RAID kills bugs dead"

"When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight"
- FedEx

Time Magazine's Machine of the Year:
The Computer
Miss America:
Elizabeth Ward (Russellville, AR)
Miss USA:
Terri Utley (Arkansas)
The Scandals:

Airplane Celebrity Death: Randy Rhodes

Seven people died from swallowing poisoned Tylenol. This event is why food packages are now so tightly wrapped.

Movie Star Death
: John Belushi (heroin & cocaine overdose)

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 into the American lexicon:
(from Wikipedia)

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..."

Nerd News:

1982 - EA (Electronic Arts) was founded.

(Paul) Newman's Own opened for business, making a profit from year one, and donating all profits to charity.

Lowest PGA score of 63 played by Ray Floyd.

GM introduced the General Motors' Saturn car company.

1982 was the year Kenneth Cole launched his shoe company.

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' album was released on November 30th. Depending on who you talk to, up to 110,000,000 copies were sold.
Two of them were mine (pc-US editor Joe)

Adobe was founded in California by Chuck Geschke and John Warnock in 1982.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1982: $324,000

The Habit:
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.
1st appearances & 1982's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Strawberry Shortcake, Smurfs, My Little Pony, BMX Bikes, Trivial Pursuit, Sequence
The Bomb (Movie):
Inchon starring Laurence Olivier
The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. E.T. : The Extra-Terrestrial
2. Tootsie
3. An Officer And A Gentleman
4. Rocky III
5. Porky's
6. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Kahn
7. 48 HRS
8. Poltergeist
9. The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
10. Annie
1982 Most Popular TV shows:
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)

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.)

The Number One Hits Of 1982:
November 21, 1981 - January 29, 1982: Olivia Newton-John - Physical

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