Funny How Time Flies

prom pic edit Yup, that’s me decked out in peach satin and lace on my way to the 1987 Teaneck High School prom. I’ve blurred my date’s face to protect the not so innocent. The theme song was Janet Jackson’s “Funny How Time Flies” and at the time I didn’t realize how significant those words would be more than 20 years later.

Looking at that picture, the first thought I have is “look how small I was!” Back then though, you couldn’t have convinced me that I wasn’t anything but fat. I think I also looked happy and hopeful. I’d just graduated from high school and was on my way to Rutgers University in the fall and ready (or so I thought) for all that life had to offer.

For me the prom was a time to play dress up – to wear the heels and makeup I never wore in high school and to begin to fill the shoes of the adult I’d one day become. The fitted peach, satin ensemble was designed and hand sewn by a very talented aunt and I thought it would never go out of style. Boy was I wrong.

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The 80’s: The music that defined the decade – Part 2

While the first half of the decade brought us artists like Tears for Fears and Human League, the second half of the 80’s brought us hits by Sade, Janet Jackson and U2. The 80’s also launched the careers of artists like Terrence Trent D’arby, Bobby Brown and his would-be future wife, Whitney Houston. Here are 20 more songs that made my 80’s list, including a few from the early 80’s I just couldn’t leave out. Continue reading The 80’s: The music that defined the decade – Part 2

WAF’s Five for Friday – Fun in the 80’s Edition

rubiks-cubeSince we’re like, in 80’s mode, I thought I’d like, revisit like five 80’s pop cultural phenomenon that were like all the rage during the 80’s. If you count, my like, excessive use of the word like, then it’s actually like six. Share the list with your kids so they can marvel at how we managed to entertain ourselves without laptops, iphones and texting. Maybe they’ll be like “gag me with a spoon” and then you can be like, “totally!”  Yeah, we were that silly.

1. Rubik’s Cube – This colorful 3-D mechanical puzzle made its debut in 1980. Despite the fact that most solutions to the cube have come from mathematicians, demand for the cube in 1981 exceeded its initial 1 million piece order. As of January 2009, 350 million cubes have sold worldwide making it the world’s top-selling puzzle game.

2. McGyver – MacGyver debuted on ABC in 1985 and from the very first episode, Richard Dean Anderson was getting himself out of impossible situations with only a Swiss Army knife and Duct Tape. McGyver’s escape tactics became so legendary that popular culture turned the action hero into a verb, as in “The car broke down but he MacGyvered a fix to get home.”  Can you imagine how different the show would have been if he’d had an iphone? Continue reading WAF’s Five for Friday – Fun in the 80’s Edition

Family Reunions: A great way to reconnect with the past

black family reunionAs Women at Forty reminisces about the 80’s this month, I thought I’d take a look back at what my travel life was like during that decade. In the 80’s I was in college and took my very first flight during my junior year. I traveled from Washington, D.C. to Milwaukee for a journalism conference.

A year after graduation, I took a 14-hour Amtrak train for my first trip to Atlanta to start my exciting career at CNN – a company which started in 1980. And as with all new employees at the company I didn’t get many holidays off. So my first few years I missed traveling home to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family. The 80’s was also the decade when I missed a lot of family reunions. Sadly a few family members died before I got a chance to see them again. That’s why family reunions are so important to me now, and I’m looking forward to our next one in August. According to Bruskin Research, more than 60 percent of Americans attend family reunions each year.

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The 80’s : The music that defined the decade – Part 1

I’ve always been drawn to all types of music, so scanning through the charts to find the 80’s top hits was an absolute blast. I’d actually forgotten how many hits and artists the decade produced. The 80’s saw the emergence of recording stars such as Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Tracy Chapman, while artists like Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and U2 continued to establish themselves as musical icons. Unfortunately not all artists from the 80’s were as enduring – remember Human League, Spandau Ballet and Mr. Mister? Exactly. Continue reading The 80’s : The music that defined the decade – Part 1