Tidbits from the year 1983
The great state of Texas gets hit with 127 mph winds and storm surges up to 12 feet thanks to Hurricane Alicia, the world population is estimated at 4.72 billion, China’s population is estimated at 1 billion, a 5.2 earthquake shakes Central New York, unemployment rises to 12 million in the U.S.
Average Cost of new house $82,600.00, average annual income $21,070.00, average monthly rent $335.00, women’s jacket and skirt $60.00, men’s blazer and slacks $113.00.
Microsoft Word is released, Swatch debuted their first watches, Cabbage Patch dolls become a success, Motorola introduces the first mobile phones to the public in the U.S., seat belts become mandatory for drivers and front seat passengers in the UK, McDonald’s introduces the McNugget.
The final episode of MAS*H draws 125 million viewers, Fraggle Rock debuts on HBO during January of 1983 (the show was one of the first original shows on HBO – created and produced by Jim Henson).
1983, a glorious year for music! Michael Jackson with “Beat It” and Billie Jean”, and The Police with “Every Breath You Take”, Lionel Richie with “All Night Long”, just to name a few. And other names of the famous and fabulous-Duran Duran, Elton John, David Bowie, Culture Club, Johnny Cash, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Rod Stewart and many more. The stellar list of music and musicians seems endless making 1983 one of the best years in music.
Do we boogie or do the ballet
As the population rises each day
Mom nature’s huffing and puffing
Her skirt blowing in the wind
Poor souls in the path of her spin
Her ear to the ground, hey what’s that sound
A lotta shaking going on – oh woebegone!
I’ve said before and I’ll say it again
Don’t dip your toe unless you know
The clock ticks backward – tock ticks
One two three – pick up sticks
Something popped up on my Facebook page today
A reminder my birthday was yesterday
I didn’t get the memo and forgot to connect the dots
I’m an odd peg-leg living in the now
But there ain’t no sunshine until I learn how
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