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Return to the ’80s Trivia – 3/10/22

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Question: What commercial mascots got so popular they had their own primetime special?
A. Snap, Crackle and Pop
B. The M&M’s guys
C. California Raisins
D. Cinnamon Toast Crunch chefs

Last Question: On March 9, 1981, who replaced Walter Cronkite as the anchor of CBS Evening News?

Answer: Dan Rather

Great job J.V. (@JVfromOhio)!!!

CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather photographed in 1981. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)


Return to the ’80s Trivia – 5/20/21

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Question: What retail giant was the only suitable place to buy Raymond Babbitt’s boxer shorts, in Rain Man?

Last Question: What erupted on May 18, 1980, becoming the deadliest eruption in U.S. History?

Answer: Mount St. Helen’s
On the morning of May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted, blowing away the top of the mountain and triggering landslides, mud flows and floods that killed 57 people, destroyed 200 homes and flattened 230 square miles of forest.


October 17 – The Great Quake of ’89

Here is my annual post about the earthquake that I experienced in the Bay Area on this day in 1989. Many of you may remember this as the World Series earthquake, as it happened just before a World Series Game between the Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants. A lot of you may have seen this post already, but I know there are a lot of new people too, so I’ll repost this.

summaryOctober 17, 1989 at 5:04 pm was a time that I will never forget. With no exaggeration, I thought that was going to be the last day of my life. That was the day of the Great Quake of ’89, or as it is formally known as – the Loma Prieta earthquake. Or if I mention it these days, I say that is the earthquake that happened during the World Series, and then it rings a bell to people who lived outside of California’s Bay Area.

Today is the 29th anniversary of the earthquake. It was on a Tuesday that year. At the time, I was working at the Oakland Naval Hospital as a cook. My hours were 4:30am-6:30pm. I was looking forward to watching game 3 of the World Series after work. It was a huge deal in that area as both teams were local – the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s.

Then at 5:04, as I was walking through the kitchen getting ready to clean up, it sounded like there was a train quietly rumbling towards us. The sound was getting louder and louder, and then I could feel the building start to shake. Then the hospital started shaking more and more violently. It was starting to shake so much, that I had to hold myself up against a big metal table. There was a row of ovens (empty) behind me, and their doors were falling open. Then it felt like the whole ground was going to crumble apart under my feet, and the whole hospital was going to collapse on top of us. It was dinner time, so there were quite a few people in the cafeteria, and several people screamed. After what felt like an eternity, the shaking slowed to a stop. The earthquake lasted around 15 seconds, but I could swear that it was really 15 minutes. When everything became still, there were actually some people who actually cheered. I don’t know if they were cheering because we were all still in one piece, or if they were just sick and cheered as if it was an amusement park ride. Not too long after, there was an aftershock that was even worse than some earthquakes. A lot of people freaked out and screamed again. But that only lasted for a split second. I remember that there were still aftershocks occurring a few weeks after the earthquake

We put on whatever radios we could find, and we found out that a part of the Bay Bridge collapsed, and that the Cypress Freeway had collapsed. Then we got news that we may be getting a lot of patients brought to our hospital. All the corpsmen and doctors and nurses had to be called in. While we were waiting for them to come in, some of us cooks got a quick training on how to carry a stretcher so we could bring patients in from an ambulance. We waited outside and listened to the news come in about all of the damage. Only one ambulance came in while I was waiting, and I didn’t have to carry the person in. Things could have been much worse. The highways that had collapsed normally would have been bumper to bumper with cars and trucks. But since it was near game time for the World Series, there were a lot of people who were either at the game at Candlestick Park, or they had left work early, or they were staying late to have parties at work. 63 people died, and 3,757 were injured.
I left work around 12:30 am and got home around 1:00 am. This was at a time when people did not really have cell phones, and my family was on the East Coast. So, it was 4:00 am on the East when I got home, and I was debating whether I should call my family at that hour. I decided that I better, and it was a good decision. My mother answered the phone on the first ring!

This was a day that I will never forget as long as I live.

Here is the beginning of the televised portion of the World Series:

Here is a news clip of the Cypress Freeway collapse:

And here is the Bay Bridge:

People were trapped in the rubble of the Cypress Freeway, and there were rescue efforts for days. On October 21, 4 days after the quake, a survivor was found. His name was Buck Helms. “Lucky Buck”, as the media dubbed him, was freed from the wreckage, having spent 90 hours trapped in his crushed car under the rubble. Unfortunately, he died 29 days later from respiratory failure at the age of 57.

It took years for the area to rebuild. And to this day, there is still some rebuilding going on in the area from this disaster.

Quote of the Day: Baby Jessica

Jessica McClure, Steven Forbes

Here she comes! There’s clapping.
Jessica McClure is up. She’s alive. What a fighter!

Rescuer Running with Baby Jessica

32 years ago today (October 16, 1987), we were all glued to our TV sets watching Baby Jessica being rescued from a well. The 18 month old Jessica McClure fell into a well in her aunt’s backyard in Midland, Texas on October 14, 1987. The well was 8 inches wide and 22 feet deep. Rescuers worked for 56 hours to free her.

Return to 1989: February

Return to 1989 February logoCheck out this podcast episode as Todd, Del, and Paul Return to February 1989! We talk about the news events, movie and music releases of that month 30 years ago.

News Events

Feb 3 Military coup overthrows Alfredo Stroessner, dictator of Paraguay


Feb 10 Celtic KC Jones & Cavalier Lenny Wilkens elected to NBA Hall of Fame


Feb 15 Soviet military occupation of Afghanistan ends

Feb 21 Paul leaves for Navy boot camp at Great Lakes, IL

Feb 22 31st Grammy Awards: Don’t Worry Be Happy, Faith, Tracy Chapman

Record of the Year

Linda Goldstein (producer) & Bobby McFerrin for “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Album of the Year

George Michael (producer & artist) for Faith

Song of the Year

Bobby McFerrin for “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

Best New Artist

Tracy Chapman

Feb 24 Margaret Ray found in David Letterman’s home, claims to be his wife


Feb 25 Mike Tyson TKOs Frank Bruno in 5 for heavyweight boxing title

Feb 26 Dallas Cowboys fire coach Tom Landry after a 29-year career


Feb 28 Memo by Bryant Gumbel criticizing Today Show co-workers becomes public



February 3  

Her Alibi

Who’s Harry Crumb?

Kinjite: Forbidden Subjects

February 10


The Fly II

February 16 

The Mighty Quinn

February 17 

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

The `Burbs

True Believer


February 1

The Great Radio Controversy by Tesla

Don’t Tell a Soul by The Replacements

February 6

Beyond the Blue Neon by George Strait

Dylan & the Dead by Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead

February 7

As Nasty As They Wanna Be by 2 Live Crew

Mystery Girl by Roy Orbison

Spike by Elvis Costello

February 20

The Raw and the Cooked by Fine Young Cannibals

Storm the Studio by Meat Beat Manifesto

February 22

Jed by Goo Goo Dolls

February 27

Oranges & Lemons by XTC

February 28

Indigo Girls by Indigo Girls

If you’d like to contact Todd, and/or order the book, he can be reached in the following places: – can get a signed copy

Amazon: Dreamin’ in ’89: A Novel

Twitter: @tgmonahan
Instagram: @tgmonahan

Facebook: Author TG Monagan

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Also, you can check out Del’s radio show, 80s at 8 in Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8am Eastern on

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Return to 1989: Episode 1 – January

Welcome to a new podcast series called, Return to 1989. Inspired by T.G Monahan’s Dreamin’ in ’89, we decided to take a look back and see what happened 30 years ago. Todd “T.G.” Monahan Return to 1989 to go over news events, movie releases, and album releases. This month, we Return to January. If you have anything you would like us to discuss, or if you had any personal stories or milestones from this year, please let us know. You can either comment below, or email us at

Jan 8 “42nd Street” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 3,486 performances and “Starlight Express” closes at Gershwin Theater NYC after 761 performances

Jan 9 “Pat Sajak Show” premieres on CBS
The Pat Sajak Show is an American late-night television talk show which aired on CBS from January 9, 1989 to April 13, 1990.




Jan 10 LA Kings center Wayne Gretzky becomes NHL’s all-time leading scorer in combined regular season & playoff points; 4 assists in 5-4 home win over Edmonton brings his total to 2,011, 1 more than Gordie Howe.






Jan 13 “Ryan’s Hope” ends 13½ year run on ABC-TV


Jan 20 George H. W. Bush inaugurated as 41st US President, Dan Quayle becomes 44th Vice President



Jan 22 Super Bowl XXIII, Joe Robbie Stadium, Miami, FL: San Francisco 49ers beat Cincinnati Bengals, 20-16; MVP: Jerry Rice, SF, WR



Jan 28  46th Golden Globes: “Rain Man”, Dustin Hoffman, & Jodie Foster win


January 13

Gleaming the Cube

DeepStar Six

The January Man

January 27

No Retreat, No Surrender 2


Physical Evidence

Three Fugitives




January 9 A Show of Hands – Rush

January 10 New York – Lou Reed

January 23 Oh Yes I Can – David Crosby

Lōc-ed After Dark – Tone Lōc

January 24 Electric Youth – Debbie Gibson

Skid Row – Skid Row

January 25 After the War – Gary Moore

January 30 Fabulous Disaster – Exodus

Technique – New Order

January 31 Life Is…Too Short – Too Short




Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich – Warrant

If you’d like to contact Todd, and/or order the book, he can be reached in the following places: – can get a signed copy

Amazon: Dreamin’ in ’89: A Novel

Twitter: @tgmonahan
Instagram: @tgmonahan

Facebook: Author TG Monagan

Citrine Publishing –

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Quote of the Day: Space Shuttle Challenger

“The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives. We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God. ” – President Ronald Reagan

The Space Shuttle Disaster occurred on this day, 33 years ago (January 28, 1986)