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Episode 23: 1981 Year in Review

On this episode of Return to the ’80s, Robert and Paul welcome Ty Ray, from the Beats and Eats podcast, to the show. The guys Return to 1981, and count down the year’s top songs, movies, and television shows. Also, find out what the biggest selling toys were in 1981, and reminisce on the big news stories of the year.

As this current decade comes to a close, come join us to Return to the greatest decade ever, and check out the awesome year of 1981!

10. “Keep On Loving You” by REO Speedwagon

9. “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton

Top 10 Movies of 1981

10. Time Bandits

9. The Four Seasons

8. For Your Eyes Only

7. Chariots of Fire

6. The Cannonball Run

5. Stripes

4. Arthur

3. Superman II

2. On Golden Pond

1. Raiders of the Lost Ark

8. “I Love a Rainy Night” by Eddie Rabbit

7. “Kiss On My List” by Hall & Oates

Hall & Oates March Madness

Top 10 Television Shows of 1981

10. One Day At a Time
9. M*A*S*H
8. ABC Monday Night Movie
7/6 tie Too Close for Comfort and The Dukes of Hazzard
5. Alice
4. Three’s Company
3. The Jeffersons
2. 60 Minutes
1. Dallas

6. “Celebration” by Kool & the Gang

5. “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield


Barbie Perfume Maker
Star Wars figures
Rubik’s Cube








4. “(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon


3. “Lady” by Kenny Rogers


Oakland Raiders beat the Philadelphia Eagles 27-10 – January 25, 1981 at the Louisiana Superdome


Boston Celtics beat the Houston Rockets 4-2

New York Islanders defeat the Minnesota North Stars 4-1

LA Dodgers beat the New York Yankees 4-1

News Events

January 20 52 Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days freed

March 6 Walter Cronkite signs off of CBS Evening News

March 30 Reagan Assassination attempt

April 18 The Longest Game – Pawtucket Red Sox tie Rochester Red Wings 2-2 in 32 innings (game resumed 23rd June)

May 11 Cats premieres in London

May 13 Assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II

Jun 2 Barbara Walters asks Katharine Hepburn what kind of tree she would be

Jun 5 AIDS Epidemic officially begins when US Centers for Disease Control reports on pneumonia affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles

Jun 12 Baseball players begin a 50 day strike, their 3rd strike

July 29 Royal Wedding

Aug 1 MTV premieres at 12:01 AM

Aug 3 13,000 Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) begin their strike; US President Ronald Reagan offers an ultimatum to workers: ‘if they do not report for work within 48 hours, they have forfeited their jobs and will be terminated’

Sep 12 “The Smurfs” animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America

Sep 25 Sandra Day O’Connor sworn in as 1st female supreme court justice

Dec 11 Muhammad Ali’s 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

Dec 28 1st American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Virginia

Dec 31 CNN Headline News debuts

2. “Endless Love” by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

1. “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes


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Daily Trivia: 2/6/13

Question: What comatose beast was brought back to life with an artificial heart implant, for a 1986 sequel?

Last Question: In Dallas, Cliff reconnected with Afton Cooper. He discovered that Afton had a daughter that he suspected of being his child. What was Afton’s daughter’s name?

A. Lucy Afton Cooper
B. Pamela Rebecca Cooper
C. Rebecca Grace Barnes
D. Pamela Barnes Cooper

Answer: B. Pamela Rebecca Cooper

On the new Dallas, Rebecca just revealed herself to be Pamela Rebecca Cooper. It was revealed in the season finale last year that she was Cliff Barnes’ daughter. In the season premiere last week, she revealed her true identity to the Ewings.
I had never watched the series when it originally aired, but I love the new show. My wife was a fan of the original, and she likes this one even more. I highly recommend it. It’s going to be sad when it starts getting to the episodes without Larry Hagman though. But I have a feeling that the rest of the cast will be able to carry on the tradition very well. Here is the opening theme of the new Dallas:

And here is the classic opening:

Daily Trivia: 2/4/13

Question: In Dallas, Cliff reconnected with Afton Cooper. He discovered that Afton had a daughter that he suspected of being his child. What was Afton’s daughter’s name?

A. Lucy Afton Cooper
B. Pamela Rebecca Cooper
C. Rebecca Grace Barnes
D. Pamela Barnes Cooper

Last Question: What former Olympic superstar subbed for Erik Estrada on CHips during a contract dispute?

Answer: Bruce Jenner

Great job Jim!!

In the fifth season of CHiPs (1981–1982) Erik Estrada went on strike over a dispute over syndication profits. As a result he did not appear in seven episodes. So, during that period he was replaced by Bruce Jenner, who played Officer Steve McLeish.
Unfortunately, I could not find any video of Bruce Jenner on CHiPs, and I refuse to show any Kardashian crap here, so here is the CHiPs opening song for Season 5:

Daily Trivia: 7/9/12

Question: In the movie Big, what color of tuxedo does Josh wear for the formal evening?

A. Pink
B. Black
C. White
D. Blue

Last Question: How many children did JR have at the end of Dallas‘ first series run?

Answer: Three

JR had one child with Sue Ellen, John Ross; one child with Vanessa, James; and a third child with Callie, whose name was never given.
Here is the opening theme in Dallas’ first run:

And here is the opening of the current season:

Daily Trivia: 12/6/11

Question: What Phil Phillips R&B classic was the first single released by the Honeydrippers?

Last Question: What M*A*S*H veteran was brought in to play Major Nelson in I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later, when Larry Hagman was too busy with Dallas?

Answer: Wayne Rogers

I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later was a 1985 made-for-television “reunion movie” based on the 1965-70 comedy. Most of the stars from the original show appeared. However, Larry Hagman, who played Tony Nelson in the original show, was unable to appear because he was too busy with his blockbuster show, Dallas. So, Wayne Rogers, who had starred as Trapper John on M*A*S*H, replaced Hagman as Tony Nelson. Here is the show:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Daily Trivia – 1/24/11

Question: What hit song by Heart was co-written by Elton John’s lyricist Bernie Taupin?

Last Question: On Dallas, Who shot J.R.?
A. Bobby Ewing
B. Kristin Shepard
C. Cliff Barnes
D. Maggie Simpson

Answer: B. Kristin Shepard

On March 21, 1980, the season-ending cliffhanger was born. In the final scene of the 1979–1980 season of Dallas, J. R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman, was shot by an unknown individual.

Viewers had to wait all summer to see if J.R. would survive, and to find out who shot him. “Who Shot J.R.?” became THE catchphrase over the summer of 1980. The cliffhanger became more dramatic when viewers had to wait an additional two months to find out the answer to the famous question, as a strike by the Screen Actors’ Guild in July of 1980 caused the production of most new network shows to be delayed by eight weeks.

When the revealing episode, “Who Done It?”, was finally aired on November 21, 1980, it was the highest rated television episode in US history at the time. The person who pulled the trigger was Kristin Shepard (played by Mary Crosby). Kristin was J.R.’s scheming sister-in-law and mistress, who shot him in a fit of anger. J.R. didn’t press charges, as Kristin claimed she was pregnant with his child as a result of their affair.

Ever since this famous Dallas “event”, almost every television show now ends its season on a cliffhanger. One of my personal favorites was The Simpsons “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”, which was an homage to the Dallas episode. It turns out that the evil Mr. Burns was shot by the baby, Maggie Simpson, when the gun went off while he was struggling to steal a lollipop from her. Mr. Burns demanded that Maggie be arrested for the crime, but Chief Wiggum said that any jury in the world cannot convict a baby for any reasons whatsoever (with the possible exception of Texas). Marge said that the shooting must have been an accident. However, a final shot of Maggie’s shifting eyes and sucking her pacifier sounding like gunshots could suggest otherwise.