Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Retro A to Z Challenge: Y – Yes 1987 (plus May Movie Preview and Lord of the Clones!)

Yes – Big Generator – 1987

Their follow up to the hugely popular 90125, this album is every bit as brilliant. It had so many standout tracks – Love Will Find a Way, Shoot High Aim Low, Rhythm of Love. Like its predecessor, this album owed much of its success to the influence of guitarist Trevor Rabin.

1987 fun facts –
*Average income - $24,350.00.
*Private 1st Class Army income - $9.385.20.
*Average cost of new car - $10,305.
*Cost of gas - .89 cents
*The US population was estimated at 244.6 Million
*The World's Population reached approximately five billion
*A supernova was observed, the first "naked-eye" supernova since 1604
*Fox Broadcasting Company made its prime-time TV debut
*Work on the Channel Tunnel joining UK and France began
*1987 was shortened by 1 second to adjust to the Gregorian calender
*Disposable Contact Lenses became available for commercial distribution
*Kitty litter was invented in the USA
*The Simpsons debuted on television

Movies released –
The Princess Bride
Evil Dead II
Lethal Weapon
The Untouchables
Empire of the Sun

Music released – 
Rush – Hold Your Fire
Dokken – Back for the Attack
U2 – The Joshua Tree

Games released –
The Legend of Zelda
Metal Gear
Street Fighter

And why is 1987 special?
It’s the year Julie Kemp got married and Medeia Sharif was ten years old!

Julie is a writer from Chicago. She blogs about her travels, life, and her sons who have left the nest. Her smile and joy come through in every word she writes and she’s just a delight. Julie blogs at Empty Nest Insider.

Medeia is an author and an avid book reader. She features authors and books every week on her blog, giving back at every opportunity. She’s a beautiful young lady with a heart of gold. Find Medeia HERE

Cover Reveal!

Bella’s Point

By Elizabeth Seckman
Release date – June 2014

May Movie Preview Part One

Here is part one of the upcoming theatrical releases for May! (Part two tomorrow.) As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snarky comments by me.

2 –

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 
Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.
Director: Marc Webb
Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti
Really liked the first one – hope he’s still amazing.

16 –

The world's most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
 Director: Gareth Edwards
Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe
 Are you kidding?? It’s freaking GODZILLA!!!!!

Who will be Lord of the Clones?

Visit Father Dragon Al and cast your vote today!!

I need your help! The dwarves have conspired against me to fix the contest. Judge Jeff has been bribed. I need a good score.

If you can't do it for me, do it for Mini-Alex...

Fan of Yes? Following Julie and Medeia? Excited about Elizabeth’s upcoming book? Either May movie strike your fancy? Will you vote for me? (I can send Hot Tamales.) And what do you remember best about 1987…?

One more day! Who will be the last featured blogger...?


dolorah said...

All hail the Gregorian calendar!!

Nice to know I'm making slightly more than average income of 1987, but I sure miss that gas price.


Elephant's Child said...

Never warmed to Yes. Probably because someone I really disliked LOVED them. Such a silly reason to write anything off.
Good luck today. Will Jezebel help or hinder? You or your opponent.

L.G. Keltner said...

The Princess Bride is one of the most quoted movies I know, and it led to many great conversations among my friends. One of my high school teachers was obsessed with that movie.

I turned 2 in 1987, and that's the year my husband was born.

Ragtag Giggagon said...

I remember playing Street Fighter 2 in the arcades and on Nintendo. An older pal - about ten years older (a work colleague) - loved the original Street Fighter. We caught him in a different arcade one day, playing it. We balked at the blocky graphics and total crapness. He was of a different generation. :-)

D.G. Hudson said...

The eighties were a blur for me, so much changed. Vancouver hosted Expo 86 among other things.

Of course the ninja army must vote for the Capt'n, or we might be fed to the the clone machine. Those little dwarves are cute. . . as Robyn said.

ilima said...

I want my one second back, haha. Great year for music AND movies...as you wish. ;)

I'm gonna see Spiderman this weekend. Any bets on Emma Stone's character kicking the bucket in this one?

River Fairchild said...

I've been to the dragon cave and you had some wicked moves! ;)
I need to see Godzilla and I wish gas prices were rolled back to 1987.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - Your population has grown somewhat and that second - I'd forgotten about that adjustment ... Julie has some wonderful stories on life - love reading them. Medeia and Elizabeth - I need toread - good luck to all authors - off to the cave .. Hilary

Suzanne Furness said...

Just come from the cave and still chuckling! Some awesome shapes on the dance floor!

1987 seems a long time ago and a special year for two lovely lady bloggers.

Annalisa Crawford said...

I don't know Julie, but Medeia is a brilliant blogger. And I'm so excited for Elizabeth's new book!

1987? Erm, for me that was just one of those boring non-descript years where I went to school, and ALWAYS did my homework ;-)

Carrie-Anne said...

1987 wasn't such a good year for me, given the then-unexplained issues I had. If only I'd been born 15-20 years later, my elementary school years would've been so much easier.

In Albany, we had a huge snowstorm on October 4th of that year. It was so bad, trees and utility poles broke. This was shortly after my family had moved into the house I grew up in, until age sixteen.

mail4rosey said...

People still love Zelda today. That's a long run.

We've got several of those albums on disc, and transferred to iPods, including yes. Hubby's probably got some on tape and records too, lol

Hoping Spiderman is still awesome too. :)

Michael Abayomi said...

I didn't realize just how awesome 1987 was for gaming till now. I guess I must have been blinded by The Legend of Zelda. :D

Unknown said...

1987 - I was working hard and possibly making a lot more than the average wage for that year.

I was in the pub industry, my husband was Head Chef at the Lorne Hotel on the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, Australia.

We worked hard, but played hard too and lived above the disco, so didn't get any sleep until it shut at 4:30am each Sunday morning.

Anonymous said...

I remember the song U2 The Joshua Tree, but it wasn't until 2008 I actually saw a Joshua Tree whilst in the US.

Son John was playing Pro soccer.
those were the days.


Frankie Miller said...

Hi Alex - I remember this year, because I got married to none other than hubby (bless!).
I didn't realize the Simpsons were that far back.
Yay for Julie (Empty Nest Insider) - a great personality with a sense of humour.
I have only just joined Medeia, thanks to you.
All the best to Elizabeth with Bella's Point. I must speak with her.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for featuring me. I was ten most of that year since I have a December birthday. A great year in music and movies.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elephant, I can understand that.

LG, I feel so old now...

Ilima, it could happen...

Carrie-Anne, I'm sorry.

Rosey, we finally ditched most of our records.

Carolyn, that's late!

Medeia, you're welcome!

Huntress said...

Hang in there, Alex. One. More. Day.

And thanks again for hosting this year's A to Z blogging challenge.

Melissa said...

LOL Were you trying to see if we're paying attention? Kitty litter was invented in '47.

I love that Yes song Love Will Find a Way.

Excited for Elizabeth. That's a lovely cover.

J.L. Campbell said...

Interesting factoids again, Alex. Not sure how you compiled all of this and kept sane during the Challenge. Good folks featured today. Medeia is a peach. Wishing her every success with her recent release. Congrats to Elizabeth!

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

It's very scary that we've added two billion people in less than thirty years. The Earth isn't infinite.

Good luck, Mini-Alex!

Anonymous said...

1987 was special to me because that was the year I graduated high school. Gah! I am old! Nah, old is a stage of mind and I think like a thirty-year old.

I was always on the fence about Yes. They were good to me but not great. Then again, they produced sound like there were ten guys in the band not what, three? That's pretty awesome.

Oh, and Princess Bride - Inconceivable!
Love, love, love that movie!!

mshatch said...

Ah, the Princess Bride - what a great movie! And thank God for the invention of kitty litter!

Kirsten said...

Yay for disposable contact lenses! Really, it's the little things sometimes. :)
Anyway, thanks for sharing that lovely cover for Elizabeth Seckman's book. I'm such a romantic ...
Okay, time to visit Father Dragon Al now!
Kirsten @ A Scenic Route

Jemi Fraser said...

I've now seen a few trailers for Godzilla - they're well done and I have hope! :)

Rusty Carl said...

Man, 87 was THE year of the 80's for me. Every thought I have of that decade seems to swirl around that year. Loved it all!

Brian Miller said...

princess bride...one of the best movies ever....ha...i watched it with my boys about a week ago...it was their first time....

so stoked about amazing spiderman 2 as well....gonna be a fun ride

L. Diane Wolfe said...

FOX has been around that long? They still seem new.

Looking forward to both movies.

Doreen McGettigan said...

I follow Madeia, she is lovely. I need to meet Julie because I have an empty nest too and I will check out Elizabeth and her book.
I am looking forward to seeing Spiderman. I heard its a long one.
1987 was the year my youngest went to first grade :(and I went to work at a newspaper:)

Mason Canyon said...

I would have thought kitty litter had been around a lot longer than that. Waves to Julie and Medeia. Elizabeth's cover reveal is beautiful. Off to cast my vote (good luck).

Susan Kane said...

Gas was what?!! 89 cents??

I am looking forward to Godzilla. I feel like Godzilla and I have grown old together.

Al Diaz said...

I think you are right, my friend. The dwarves have conspired against you but Don't understimate the power of S.A.M. Remember what her name stands for. Oh! And she wants you to know she is not a child, she is almost as old as I am, but with a very small body to be able to sneak around in the presence of a dragon. She is a dirty player and I bet my scales there is still boicot to be seen.

I love Elizabeth's cover!

Theresa Milstein said...

Wow, I can't believe how little people made back then. I do remember gas being cheap. Cigarettes too.
Joshua Tree--what an amazing album. I used to play it over and over.

Jack said...

I've never heard of the music...but I do know about The Princesses Bride and Predator!

Godzilla! I plan on going to that one. I've seen almost all of the Godzilla movies, even the original ones.

Jo said...

I didn't like The Princess Bride when I first saw it other than the grandpa/grandson part. Now I love it.

Off to Al's website now. Ship me some hot tamales and I will definitely vote for you. I will have to talk to Sir Jeff.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Love YES!!!

I'm so amazed how many RUSH albums have been throughout your posts!

I'm going to miss your retro look at my life. : )

OH! NO! There goes TOKYO!!!

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, that is some low pay, barely make it with that today. X-men is what I'm waiting for, Spiderman may be good, but I'm just waiting for them to reboot it again lol soon about that time for us to see how he was bit for the bazillionth time. Lethal weapon is a great one.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

1986/1987 was my first year of high school. Had to take public transportation - no school buses for us. Thought I was so grown-up. Sigh.

Getting more and more excited about seeing Godzilla! :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Melissa, that fact might be wrong. Maybe it was mad commercial then.

Joy, I had fun putting it together.

Kirsten, I'm grateful for contacts.

Susan, I feel the same way...

Al, I home SAM can pull out an upset for me.

Jo, they are in the mail!

Heather, they have a lot of albums...

Jay Noel said...

That was an awesome year for movies. I was a freshman in high school, and I remember seeing The Princess Bride at the theater. It blew my mind.

I think we saw Empire of the Sun on a field trip. That movie stayed with me a long time.

Hoping Godzilla doesn't suck...

Cathrina Constantine said...

1987 was a great year for me. Love Princess Bride. Off to visit Father Dragon...

Sarah Foster said...

I suppose 1987 was an important year for me since I was born and everything...;) Didn't see The Princess Bride until I was a teenager, but love it, of course!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Kitty Litter came to America. I didn't use kitty litter until 1997 when I invited a newborn kitty inside.

I will see spiderman--pretty sure.

Trisha said...

Princess Bride = made of awesome.

I love Lethal Weapon - watched them all a few years back for the first time, and the first was really the only one that I thought was a 5/5 stars movie. It was more focused on character development, I think.

I loooove Spaceballs. And now I want to listen to "Raise Your Hands". hehe

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

I want all those movies in my collection! What a year!
Loved the you tube offering and VOTED! WHO HOOO! send more hot tamales--the heck with my diet
NOW, WE wait for...

jean :)

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

I want all those movies in my collection! What a year!
Loved the you tube offering and VOTED! WHO HOOO! send more hot tamales--the heck with my diet
NOW, WE wait for...

jean :)

Arlee Bird said...

No wonder I'm always behind. Losing that one second in 1987 screwed up my entire schedule.

Wasted a lot of hours on crappy movies too. Hope Godzilla won't be one of them.

Wrote By Rote
An A to Z Co-host blog

Rhonda Albom said...

The Princess Bride is one of my favorite movies, and Julie one of my favorite bloggers. Great post.

Rachna Chhabria said...

I want to see the movie The Princess Bride. I follow both Julie and Media. Love the cover of Bella's point.

Birgit said...

Love the Princess Bride, and Empire of the Sun. Lethal Weapon is fun as well as the rest of series. I shall vote for you! I want to see Godzilla because...it's Godzilla! oh boy you would have to pick 1987-not a good year. My dad had kidney cancer operation but then his hand would jerk and go numb. in the spring I got pneumonia, then Heat stroke and then a very, very bad case of Poison ivy. It covered my entire body and I swelled up and one eye was closed. My dad a brain cancer and had an operation but we found out he was terminal. 2 weeks after he came home we had a fire in our sawmill that caused extensive damage and 2 weeks after that I was in the hospital with appendicitis. I then started feeling worse and worse. Everyone was concerned but it, thankfully, turned out I was hypoglycemic. Let's just say that was a horrible year

Tyrean Martinson said...

1987 - great year! And, I started driving that year. :)
Yay for Medeia and Julie, and Go Elizabeth!

Tyrean Martinson said...

1987 - great year! And, I started driving that year. :)
Yay for Medeia and Julie, and Go Elizabeth!

Kyra Lennon said...

Elizabeth's book cover is so pretty!

Kyra Lennon said...

Elizabeth's book cover is so pretty!

Stephen Tremp said...

Spaceballs AND the Princess Bride in the same year? How cool is that.

Been looking forward to the reboot of Godzilla for a long time. The NFL Draft and Godzilla are helping make the month of May a real winner entertainment wise.

Shell Flower said...

Yes is one of my favorite bands, but I'm more into the older stuff like Close to the Edge. I saw U2 live in 1987 on the Joshua Tree tour in Indy. They opened for themselves acting like a bunch of hicks because Los Lobos was late. It was awesome. *Hot Tamales on the way*

Dean K Miller said...

Aside from The Princess Bride, Kitty Litter and The Simpsons, '87 was the year I married my beautiful bride.

Lisa said...

What I loved about 1987 was that my son turned a year old! And, I have to admit, I fell in love with The Princess Bride. I own it, and the soundtrack and a special anniversary edition of the novel. I'm hooked on it, like so many others... I also LOVED Lethal Weapon. How strange is that, from one extreme to the other. Spaceballs I can still watch over and over and the Empire of the Sun made me more interested in Asian culture than anything since James Clavell's Shogun novels... Also, on the music front, I liked YES and U2! I'm on my way over to Father Dragon, and Julie's site and Medeia's. I love the name Medeia, sounds like someone in a novel...

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sarah, I'd say that makes it important.

Teresa, once they come in, they never leave...

Jean, Hot Tamales coming your way.

Lee, that made me chuckle.

Birgit, sounds like the worst!

Shell, that's funny.

Dean, very cool!

Bish Denham said...

I have a large collection of Yes albums, but I don't have this from 1987. I've seen the trailers for Godzilla and both hubby and I are actually kind of interested!

Robin said...

As you know, I love Julie's blog. I featured her earlier in the challenge. She is so funny and just a super person.

I am looking forward to the new Spiderman movie. Loved the first one. Hope this one is just as good, if not better...:D

And, I have already been to Al's place. I had no idea you were so FLEXIBLE. Color me impressed.

cleemckenzie said...

I've been following Julie and Medeia a long time. They're great bloggers. Have just read Medeia's first book and glad she's published a second.

The Princess Bride is still a family favorite.

Hope you win. I'll put my vote in today!

Tina said...

Big fan of YES! I was thinking you might pick them.

In 1987 I went on my first cruise to the Bahamas with my Grandma Vivian and her friend, and my sister, whose high school grad present it was, who smartly picked her sister as her friend. Amazing good time, and life changing.

Where's the blood, boob, and carnage? Surely there will be some in Godzilla?

I need to go play some Rush...I'm seriously addicted to the point that my kids are wearing their noise cancelling headphones around the house. Mom wins.

Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

Ella said...

You are so fun! I know Julie, but not Medeia. I will go make friends~
I am now craving a movie, popcorn and Hot Tamales-darn you-lol!

Hope you survived the crazy storms!
The city I frequent was hit-insane to see the damage and so sad~

Take Care Captain Cool!

Jennifer Hawes said...

I can't believe we subtracted one second that year;-) Sounds like a great premise for a novel.
I remember helping my older sister pay for a gallon of gas by locating all the spare change in her car.
My fave part of 1987-CONTACTS! No more coke bottle glasses for me. LOL! Actually, I think I got them in '84--must have been experimental !!

LuAnn @ BackPorchervations said...

Well, I'm not obsessed with the whole Princess Bride movie, just the quote, "Hello. My name is Inigo, Montoya...."

I think I voted for you, but I shouldn't have had that drink from the punch bowl until AFTER!

LuAnn Braley
AJ's Hooligans @AtoZChallenge
Back Porchervations

David P. King said...

Elizabeth's new book is absolutely amazing to look at. I honestly have little recollection of 1987. I must have been playing with Ghostbusters, though. :)

Crystal Collier said...

Ah Princess Bride, Predator, Spaceballs... All classics in this home. (Except the kids haven't seen Predator.) I can't believe FOX came into being that recently. Crazy!

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Chrys Fey said...

Kitty litter was invented in 1987? I didn't know that! My kitties are grateful. lol

The cover for Bella’s Point is beautiful. Congrats, Elizabeth! And good luck!!

Roland D. Yeomans said...

THE PRINCESS BRIDE was a fun movie that is STILL fun to watch!

I've seen an advanced screening of SPIDERMAN 2, and I truly enjoyed it. I think you will, too!

Notes Along the Way with Mary Montague Sikes said...

Gas under a dollar! FOX channels are my favorite, especially the ones that carry baseball games! Thanks for the interesting info from 1987, Alex!

Mary Montague Sikes

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bish, you need to pick it up!

Robin, I'm bendy.

Tina, hopefully at least blood and carnage. And way to get back at your kids!

Ella, we have more storms coming.

Jennifer, it does sound like a novel premise.

Thanks, LuAnn!

Roland, that's good to know!

Kim Van Sickler said...

Yay, Julie! I'm off to visit Empty Nest Insider and the beautiful Medeia. Love that name!

kjmckendry said...

I love Princess Bride!
I was 15 in 1987, so I chose to forget most of it.

I'm heading over to Father Dragon.

jaybird said...

I am so happy for Elizabeth. Can't believe gas was ever so cheap!!
Heading over to the dragon's lair to vote. :)

Nicki Elson said...

I've gotta go see what this dwarf brawl is all about...

kaykuala said...

Looking forward to Spiderman 2. Should be fun.What do they have that's different this time! Nicely Alex!


Unknown said...

I'm a fan of Yes from the 70s. As a lifetime cat owner, Kitty Litter wasn't invented in '87 since I've been using it all my life. "Clumping" litter was invented in 1950. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitty_litter

Both Julie and Medeia are wonderful women! :)

Congrats to Elizabeth for her beautiful cover!

Running over now to Lord of the Clones!! Wahoo!!

DiscConnected said...

Interesting choice of this album, Alex.

While I liked Drama (in fact, the song "Tempus Fugit" got me into progressive rock), I was not a huge fan of 90125, which was, of course, their smash hit.

I like this one a little better than its predecessor, but still thought Drama was a better album.

Have you ever listened to their recent one, Fly From Here?

I'd be curious what you think (I like it a lot).


Mark Means said...

Wow...1987 was the year I started college and really thought I was an "adult". LOL....how little I knew, back then.

I've never been a Legend of Zelda fan until recently, but I do have the original game downloaded to my Wii U and it's a lot of fun.

I'm skipping Spider Man 2 due to Jaime Fox's having a part in it....'nuff said.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

K, most of us would like to forget that age...

Hank, we get three villains for the price of one!

Lexa, maybe it was patented then...

Larry, I'm a big fan of their earlier work. They paved the way. I have heard a little from their new one, but haven't downloaded it yet. Will raid iTunes soon.

Sherry Ellis said...

Godzilla rocks! The whole world should see that movie!

I can't believe they adjusted the calendar by one second. I guess that goes to show, every second counts!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm really enjoying the different price lists. It's quite amazing how different certain things are here in Canada. For the most part, things are much more expensive, especially vehicles. A brand new car was 10 grande back in 1974. Today not so bad. You can get a new truck with nothing on it for 17k.

Julie Flanders said...

Okay Medeia makes me feel a little bit old. This was the year I graduated high school. This post is a fun little walk down memory lane.

Andrew Leon said...

The Joshua Tree is really all that needs to be said about 1987.

Loni Townsend said...

I was a latecomer to the Princess Bride fan club. I didn't quite get it. But I've come to appreciate the humor, now that I'm older.

Ha, wonderful video at Father Dragon's... though I didn't think Ninja's did Kung Fu... *raises eyebrow*

Leovi said...

YES was one of my favorite groups of symphonic rock, my favorite album was Relayer 1974, I heard hundreds of times, there was a time he did it every day before sleeping!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

So much excitement around here, and you've highlighted some of my favorite women. Julie and Elizabeth are stars. I've recently met Medeia. She's great fun.

Kitty Litter wasn't invented until 1987? What was used before then?

I love Spaceballs. It's hilarious.

Be well, Alex. I'll go vote, but you know what I prefer to Hot Tamales.


SpacerGuy said...

1987 produced some really swell movies. The Simpsons are good fun.

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

Following Medeia. Will visit Julie. Have The PRincess Bride on my Wish list I've heard such great things about it. Good luck with the voting.

klahanie said...

Ninja dude!

90125, one of my favourite albums. A somewhat different style for Yes, but I think it worked very well. Generator was equally brilliant.

Some most notable notes about 1987.

My son is going to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

YES to everything here. That goodness this will be over tomorrow. Y O Y!


Anonymous said...

I'm not familiar with Yes, but chances are I know some songs, just not the name. Story of my life when it comes to music.

~Patricia Lynne~
Story Dam
Patricia Lynne, YA Author

Brandon Ax said...

Great year for gaming and come on the Princess Bride, awesome movie.

I am excited to see ASM 2 but I am freaking out about the new Godzilla.

Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

S. L. Hennessy said...

This will forever be remembered as the year of Buttercup.

Christine Rains said...

Yay for Julie and Medeia! I'm off to vote for you. I can't believe there's only one day left of the Challenge!

CA Heaven said...

1987 was a very exciting year, since it was my firts year in university as a physics student. I remember it was quite a shock for most of us in the beginning, with a very heavy math course on a level far beyond highschool math. But after one semester I got used to the level, and then the fun started >:)

Cold As Heaven

msmariah said...

Alex-- I am sooooo excited about 'Godzilla.' It looks great. Gareth Edwards is a solid director. He did the indie flick, 'Monsters' on $0 budget. I can't wait to see what he's going to do w/ Godzilla.

1987-- fun times. I enjoyed the 80s!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Mark, they can't all be perfect.

Julie, I'm even older...

Loni, we are multi-talented.

Leovi, you rock!

Robyn, no string cheese attached?

Gary, Trevor Rabin made all the difference.

Cold, that's how my college life began.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I have Medeia's book and cover art featured on my blog on Saturday. Love that cover!

1987 -- I remember that one well, too. After two years living in the South of France, we came home. Quite an adjustment, although it would have been harder if we'd gone to Minnesota or North Dakota instead of Florida. :D

Tara Tyler said...

i miss gas prices being under a buck!!
where will we find another Reagan??

and princess bride - another once in a lifetime =)

one more day!

J E Oneil said...

What a year! The Simpsons, cat litter, supernovas...I think this might have been the year to end all years.

Yeah, I'd say a slew of supervillains trying to kill me might have an impact on my life.

Liz Blocker said...

The Princess Bride - one of the best movies of all time, in my opinion :) Heading over to vote for you now!

Unknown said...

The eighties were the best decade for movies and music ... let's just ignore hair and fashion though :)

I'm in two minds about Spidey 2 - the first Amazing was fine, but I think this will suffer from the same thing that plagued Raimi's Spiderman 3 - too many villains.

Jeff Hargett said...

'87, huh? I was married with children. While I may not miss diapers I do miss cheap gas. It was in the 50-60 cent range when I started driving. And I miss those early Fox shows: Tracey Ullman show, 21 Jump Street, even the old Alien Nation.

I've followed Julie and Medeia for a while now. Fine ladies, both.

Had a blast watching your ninja army cut the rug. Quite the experience. Kung Fu Fighting is stuck in my head though...

Catherine Stine said...

Fan of U2's Joshua Tree and yes to Godzilla!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I'm heading over to cast my vote. Good movies in '87. Just got a new copy of The Princess Bride. I think one of my children absconded with mine.

farawayeyes said...

In 1987 I was three years old. JUST KIDDING. $.89 A GALLON for gas. YIKES!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tara, we need one.

Jamie - let's!!

Jeff, I remember those.

Cherie Colyer said...

Wow, has gas gone up since 1987! In 1987 I had a new born. Time sure does fly.

Unknown said...

I was too young then to remember much, but thanks for culture snippets, Alex :)

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alexia said...

What the heck did people do before cat litter?? I don't want to know actually. Ah, Princess Bride. Good stuff. As is Joshua Tree.

Leslie S. Rose said...

I could watch Princess Bride every night. Love everything about it. I quote lines to my 5th graders and they have no clue. I wish I could be a fly on the wall when they finally connect all the crazy things their teacher used to say to the movie. I'm 1/2 way through Medeia's new book - fun read.

Cathy Keaton said...

The Simpsons animated shorts began as part of the Tracy Ullman show back in 1987, but the regular Simpsons show debuted in 1989. Just thought the distinction should be made.

Metal Gear! That was the beginning of a very long and convoluted franchise that kinda needs to be put out to pasture, I think. It has an illustrious past, though, and great games of yesteryear.

The Happy Whisk said...

I'm late to the party. Not sure I understand where to vote, but my vote goes to you, duh.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Thank you so much for featuring me yesterday, Alex! I'm sorry that I didn't get here sooner, but we're in Israel visiting my mother-in-law. By the time I saw your email last night, I couldn't get on to your site because we lost Internet access. I really appreciate your kind words, and I'm proud to be in great company with Medeia, and Elizabeth! I'll try to cast my vote today if the polls are still open. Thanks again for making my day, Alex!


Mina Burrows said...

Yes! Great feature for 87!

I love The Princess Bride & Untouchables. :)

Rumer Haven said...

I can still remember how Bart Simpson T-shirts were banned at my junior high when that show first came out. Kids had to either change or turn the shirt inside out to thwart Bart from telling us not to have a cow.

And Princess Bride! I adore it. And marvel that Princess Buttercup grew up to become First Lady Claire Underwood...

One last comment and then I'll go away: Speaking of The Amazing Spiderman 2, might I recommend the recent Graham Norton Show interview with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx.

Michelle Wallace said...

Hey Alex, did you know that Trevor Rabin is a South African born guitarist? I can remember him... back in the day, he was part of a local outfit called Rabbit.

I follow both Julie and Medeia.
Julie's posts are just what the doctor ordered!

Cassie Mae said...

I was born in 1987! So of course, the year was epic ;)

Toi Thomas said...

My mind is blown. I can't believe Kitty Litter wasn't invented until 1987.
Good year for movies.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Thanks for the shout out! As always, you rock! (And they just bumped my release to July 1st, but no matter...I'm used to delays!)

Love Medeia and I always wondered who empty nest insider was.Now I know!

Not overly excited about Godzilla, but the new Spiderman looks amazing...hah...Gary will be jealous.

Gossip_Grl said...

WOW on remembering 1987. I didn't know cars were that expensive back then. I wonder if that was high end cars? Great post of remembering another bygone year!