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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


Toys

Barbie Perfume Maker
Star Wars figures
Rubik’s Cube

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

3. “Lady” by Kenny Rogers


Sports

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

NBA

Boston Celtics beat the Houston Rockets 4-2

NHL
New York Islanders defeat the Minnesota North Stars 4-1

MLB
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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Quote of the Day: Stripes

Recruiter: Have you ever been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor? That’s robbery, rape, car theft, that sort of thing.

John Winger: Convicted? No.

Russell Ziskey: Never convicted.

Recruiter: Now, are either of you homosexuals?

John Winger: [John and Russell look at each other] You mean, like, flaming, or…

Recruiter: Well, it’s a standard question we have to ask.

Russell Ziskey: No, we’re not homosexual, but we are *willing to learn*.

John Winger: Yeah, would they send us someplace special?

Recruiter: I guess that’s “no” on both. Now if you could just give Uncle Sam your autograph…

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Daily Trivia – 4/10/12

Question: What comedic legend produced The Elephant Man, but left his name off the credits so moviegoers wouldn’t think the film was a satire?


Last Question: What screen siren appeared in Stripes, No Way Out, and Wall Street?

Answer: Sean Young

Sean Young was on a roll in the ’80s. She had a small role in 1981’s Stripes. Then she broke through in the cult favorite, Blade Runner. She also scored roles in Wall Street, as well as the Kevin Costner film, No Way Out. She was then cast as Vicki Vale in Tim Burton’s successful 1989 film Batman. Unfortunately, she broke her arm after falling off a horse and was replaced by Kim Basinger. Then she went off the deep end when she did not win the role as Catwoman in the sequel Batman Returns. She lost the role to Annette Bening, which would ultimately be played by Michelle Pfeiffer after Bening became pregnant. During production of the movie, Sean Young created a homemade Catwoman costume and attempted to confront Burton and actor Michael Keaton.

Her career then cooled down, as she did not star in any big movies, with the exception of 1994’s Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Last year, she appeared in Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. She made the news recently for being arrested after a post-Oscar party.

Here are the movie trailers from some of her successful films:

Stripes

Blade Runner

No Way Out

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