Pop Culture Madness!

1988 Trivia

<< - 1987
World Series Champions:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Superbowl XXII Champions:
Washington Redskins
NBA Champions:
Los Angeles Lakers
Stanley Cup Champs:
Edmonton Oilers
U.S. Open Golf:
Curtis Strange
U.S. Tennis (Men/Ladies):
Mats Wilander/Steffi Graf
Wimbledon (Men/Women):
Stefan Edberg/Steffi Graf
NCAA Football Champions:
Notre Dame
NCAA Basketball Champions:
Kansas
Kentucky Derby:
Winning Colors
The Hotties, Sex Symbols and Fashion Icons:
Carol Alt, Christina Applegate, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Elvira, Linda Evangelista, Debbie Gibson, Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, Kathy Ireland, Heather Langenkamp, Kelly LeBrock, Heather Locklear, Traci Lords, Elle Macpherson, Madonna, Bettie Page (revival), Linnea Quigley, Jessica Rabbit, Stephanie Seymour, Heather Thomas, Tiffany, Christy Turlington
Jessica Rabbit"The Quotes"

"Senator, you are no Jack Kennedy"
- Lloyd Bentson to Dan Quayle

"Read my lips: no new taxes"
- Presidential Candidate George Bush

"Just do it"
-Nike

"Itís everywhere you want to be"
- Visa

"I'm not bad- I'm just drawn that way"
- Jessica Rabbit

Time Magazine's Planet of the Year:
'The Endangered' Earth
Miss America:
Kaye Lani Rae Rafko (Monroe, MI)
Miss USA:
Courtney Gibbs (Texas)
The Scandals:

The Lockerbie, Scotland airplane bombing, ordered by Lybia killed 270 people.

Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart was photographed in series of hook-ups with prostitutes.

Barbara Hershey had collagen injected into her lips, a new scandalous thing at the time. There was a false rumor that, while flying in an airplane, her lips swelled and blew up. We were so naive back then.

Rob and Fab, Milli Vanilli's frontmen didn't really sing, although they were considered good looking guys who could lip sync rather well. They were also smooth stage dancers.

The Shroud of Turin had radiocarbon tests indicated that it was from the 13th or 14th century. It should be noted that it had been repaired, even through a fire over the past 2000 (or 600) years.

The U.S.S. Vincennes accidently shot down an Iranian civilian arliner, killng 290 people.

Nerd News:

Doppler radar was invented by Christian Andreas Doppler.

Snapple lemon-flavored iced tea was distributed.

The Soviet Union became a bit freerer when Mikhail Gorbachov introduced 'glasnost' - allowing political expression and dissent.

Table Tennis (Ping Pong) became an Olympic Sport.

CDs out-sold vinyl records for the first time.

Seventh Generation's nontoxic, environmentally safe household products began to be marketed.

Cost of a Superbowl ad in 1988: $645,000

1st appearances & 1988's Most Popular Christmas gifts, toys and presents:
Scattergories
The Big Movies:
(according to boxofficemojo)
1. Rain Man
2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
3. Coming To America
4. Big
5. Twins
6. Crocodile Dundee II
7. Die Hard
8. The Naked Gun: From The Files Of Police Squad
9. Cocktail
10. Beetlejuice
1988 Most Popular TV shows:
1. The Cosby Show (NBC)
2. A Different World (NBC)
3. Cheers (NBC)
4. The Golden Girls (NBC)
5. Growing Pains (ABC)
6. Who's the Boss? (ABC)
7. Night Court (NBC)
8. 60 Minutes (CBS)
9. Murder, She Wrote (CBS)
10. Alf (NBC)

The biggest Pop Artists of 1988 include:
Anita Baker, Al B. Sure!, Billy Ocean, Bobby Brown, Bobby McFerrin, The Boys, Breathe, Cheap Trick, Cherrelle, Chicago, Debbie Gibson, D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Def Leppard, Elton John, George Harrison, George Michael, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, Guns N' Roses, INXS, Karyn White, Kool Moe Dee, Keith Sweat, Levert, Luther Vandross, Micheal Jackson, New Edition, Paula Abdul, Pebbles, Pet Shop Boys, Phil Collins, Poison, Prince, Richard Marx, Rick Astley, Sade, Salt-N-Pepa, Stephanie Mills, Steve Winwood, Surface, Taylor Dayne, Terence Trent D'Arby, Tiffany, Tony! Toni! Tone!, Van Halen, Whitney Houston

(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 1988:
December 12, 1987 - January 8, 1988: George Michael - Faith

January 9, 1988 - January 15, 1988: Whitney Houston - So Emotional

January 16, 1988 - January 22, 1988: George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You

January 23, 1988 - January 29, 1988: Michael Jackson - The Way You Make Me Feel

January 30, 1988 - February 5, 1988: INXS - Need You Tonight

February 6, 1988 - February 19, 1988: Tiffany - Could've Been

February 20, 1988 - February 26, 1988: Exposť - Seasons Change

February 27, 1988 - March 11, 1988: George Michael - Father Figure

March 12, 1988 - March 25, 1988: Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

March 26, 1988 - April 8, 1988: Michael Jackson - Man in the Mirror

April 9, 1988 - April 22, 1988: Billy Ocean - Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car

April 23, 1988 - May 6, 1988: Whitney Houston - Where Do Broken Hearts Go

May 7, 1988 - May 13, 1988: Terence Trent D'Arby - Wishing Well

May 14, 1988 - May 27, 1988: Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine - Anything For You

May 28, 1988 - June 17, 1988: George Michael - One More Try

June 18, 1988 - June 24, 1988: Rick Astley - Together Forever

June 25, 1988 - July 1, 1988: Debbie Gibson - Foolish Beat

July 2, 1988 - July 8, 1988: Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana

July 9, 1988 - July 22, 1988: Cheap Trick - The Flame

July 23, 1988 - July 29, 1988: Richard Marx - Hold On to the Nights

July 30, 1988 - August 26, 1988: Steve Winwood - Roll with It

August 27, 1988 - September 9, 1988: George Michael - Monkey

September 10, 1988 - September 23, 1988: Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine

September 24, 1988 - October 7, 1988: Bobby McFerrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy

October 8, 1988 - October 14, 1988: Def Leppard - Love Bites

October 15, 1988 - October 21, 1988: UB40 - Red Red Wine

October 22, 1988 - November 4, 1988: Phil Collins - A Groovy Kind of Love

November 5, 1988 - November 11, 1988: The Beach Boys - Kokomo

November 12, 1988 - November 18, 1988: The Escape Club - Wild, Wild West

November 19, 1988 - December 2, 1988: Bon Jovi - Bad Medicine

December 3, 1988 - December 9, 1988: Will to Power - Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley (Free Baby)

December 10, 1988 - December 23, 1988: Chicago - Look Away

December 24, 1988 - January 13, 1989: Poison - Every Rose Has Its Thorn