What Happened to You 30 Years Ago?

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Screenshot 2017-01-16 07.06.5130 years ago. How things have changed… 30 years ago was the being of the revolution of me! 1987 was a fabulous year for me where I outgrew the inwardly shy, bookish pre-teen and became a p0pular, still a little nerdy, ‘world is your oyster’ teen! Yes, 30 years ago I was thirteen years old and I was making waves. I was the Form Captain of my class, my beautiful best friend showed me what true friendship was all about, my best friend’s family showed me what it was like to be in a truly loving family, and I discovered that boys actually liked me. 30 years ago was the year I met Jon Bon Jovi on Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet tour. 30 years ago I took my violin playing more seriously and joined a local orchestra (where I met my first love!). 30 years ago I taught myself how to play the guitar. 30 years ago I had my first pop star crush in Noiseworks’ Jon Stevens.  And 30 years ago, I got straight As on my report card and I got the one and only present I have ever received from my father – a scientific calculator.

1987 was a fabulous year for me where I outgrew the inwardly shy, bookish pre-teen and became a p0pular, still a little nerdy, ‘world is your oyster’ teen! Yes, 30 years ago I was thirteen years old and I was making waves. I was the Form Captain of my class, my beautiful best friend showed me what true friendship was all about, my best friend’s family showed me what it was like to be in a truly loving family, and I discovered that boys actually liked me. 30 years ago was the year I met Jon Bon Jovi on Bon Jovi’s Slippery When Wet tour. 30 years ago I took my violin playing more seriously and joined a local orchestra (where I met my first love!). 30 years ago I taught myself how to play the guitar. 30 years ago I had my first pop star crush in Noiseworks’ Jon Stevens.  And 30 years ago, I got straight As on my report card and I got the one and only present I have ever received from my father – a scientific calculator.

1987 seems so far away now, yet like it could have been yesterday. As a thirteen-year-old, world events were remembered as ‘which celebrity died’ and ‘what songs were out at the time.’ Music was my life 30 years ago, and there was no time for world events or any other major issue, as let’s face it, being thirteen, is a fairly selfish time. So in saying that, with a more mature head on my shoulders now, can you believe 30 years ago the world stock market crashed – the crash that took the flamboyant 80s into interest rates of 20-per-cent. Australia lost 41.8-per-cent off the share market, which could have been the reason why my already thrifty parents threatened my existence at the time…

Looking at http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1987.html, there are many things that are coming back. Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. What we would now call ‘terrorism’ happened in the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, where the Tamil Tigers planted a massive bomb killing 100 people. And talking about terrorism, the IRA were terrorizing Ireland and the UK and  Sikh terrorists target a Hindu bus in India killing 72. (really, when are we going to learn that religion is the resounding force behind the wars and hate in this world?).

30 years ago, Lethal Weapon came out in the movies, Fatal Attraction scared the living daylights out of me, Lionel Ritchie’s Can’t Slow Down cassette was the only pop music allowed to be played in my mum’s car and we all fell in love with Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing. Wall Street and Gordon Gecko possibly predicted what the end of 1987 would be like, Michael Jackson came out with the BAD album and I loved learning about Ritchie Valens and the fate of the last flight with the Big Bopper and Buddy Holly in La Bamba. And we were introduced to The Simpsons!

But to really rock your socks off… Prozac was first listed as a drug in 1987, the first criminal was convicted using DNA evidence, the Chunnel work began linking France and England, and, disposable contact lens came on the market.

We have come a long way since 1987 – one of the few years that will go down in history for defining who I am… a year that is predominantly happy memories and realisations.  What year would be the year that defined you?