Category Archives: 1980s

Goodbye John Hughes

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Ferris Bueller from Ferris Bueller’s Day off

 

John Hughes, writer-director of ’80s classics like Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off died at the age of 59 on Thursday, August 6th.  There have been a lot of unexpected and sad deaths of famous people this year, but John Hughes was different in that he wasn’t a global superstar like Michael Jackson, but his death made me feel like I’ve lost a cool friend from my youth.  Hughes’ films may have seemed like silly teenage comedies to some, but I feel that they were actually smart and accurate representations of my generation.   If you belong to Generation X (hello Douglas Coupland), you can joyously quote a line from at least one John Hughes film. 

So today as a tribute to the man… It’s an 80s Hughes flashback! 

Sixteen Candles – my first favorite ‘teen’ film. 

sixteencandles 

It's Long Duck Dong!  (in the days before PC took over)

It's Long Duk Dong!

Sigh, the final scene with Samantha and Jake… and the cake 

 

 

Some Kind of Wonderful

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The Breakfast Club

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Pretty In Pink

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Weird Science

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It's Chet!  Hilariously played by Bill Paxton

It's Chet! Hilariously played by Bill Paxton

 

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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So to you, John Hughes, thanks for the memories…

“I can’t believe I gave my panties to a geek…”

– Samantha Baker from Sixteen Candles

Fascinating Family Photos

My friend Rissa sent me a GREAT link last week.  I’ve been wanting to post these superb family photos for a while but my husband (aka my angel-wing wearing good conscience) says it’s not nice to poke fun at other people’s family snaps.  I see his point, but I also feel that these are too good to pass up sharing.  So, as a compromise, I’ll just post photos sans any comments from me.  Zip, zip it, zoo zoo.  I’m a  mime (with a blue pen ; ).  Enjoy…

 

family pooh 

 

family tree2 

 

family himbos2 

family black sheep

 

 

bear family2 

 

family tension2 

family child services alert!

WTF OMG CREEP-alert! Paging Child Services...

The latest in children’s fashion… ZZ Top??

What a GREAT tribute to ZZ Top from Diesel, taken at this year’s Pitti Immagine Bimbo fashion show in Florence.  I hope they played “Sharp-dressed Man” when these kids walked the runway (see below).

ZZ Top Kids clothes

With my husband in a mullet, wayfarers, and a mustache as Frank Beard, and with two furry guitars for the kids, this would also make the perfect Halloween group costume! 

Speaking of “Sharp Dressed Man”, here’s the video from 1983 (a GREAT year in music videos if you ask me).  You just have to say “Whee-heeew!”  I love these classic videos with loose women, that car, and the hilarious makeover storylines (I miss Legs!)…   Update: ugh, they just took the classic video off Youtube! Here’s a live version instead.   Bummer, I love that ’83 video.

The best Action Figures you can buy today

We all have our favorite action figures from childhood — my brothers recently passed their Star Wars collection on to my eager and grateful son, and my husband had Spiderman and Madelman (“you know, the Spanish GI Joe?” ) figures.
 
Vintage 'Madelman in Kenya'

Vintage 'Madelman in Kenya' - what's with the white purse?

 

Below are MY current favorite action figures.  I hope someone gets me one or two for Christmas…

 

Crazy Cat-lady: comes with 6 cats and a wild look in her eye

catlady 

 

Obsessive Compulsive Man:  

Comes with worried look, surgical mask and a moist towelette

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Angry Mob: Villagers with ‘mad’ faces and various weapons

angrymob

 

 

Marie Antoinette: Her wig, dress and head are all removable

marieantoinette 

 

Mr. Bacon vs. Monsieur Tofu: whichever side you’re on, it’s an epic battle

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When did Tofu become french? (love the monocle!)

 

 

Zombie Pet Shop figures: Scary, undead pets for playtime

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Avenging Unicorn Playset: comes with 3 problem people (Bad Boss, New Age lady, Mime) and 4 interchangeable horns for unicorn to skewer them with

"Everyone wants an imaginary unicorn friend they can call to smite their enemies"

I guess unicorns don't like mimes : (

Goodbye Michael and Farrah

The world is abuzz today about the sad, untimely deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett.  As tribute to the two 1970s icons (and beyond for MJ), I thought to post videos from each star in their heyday. 

Yesterday, I posted the Jackson 5’s “Enjoy Yourself”, but I decided to replace that video with my all-time favorite MJ song, “Billie Jean“.  Listening to Billie Jean and watching this video (the original isn’t available on YouTube due to ‘country restrictions’) really brings me back to my early ’80s childhood.  Great memories!  For whatever he did or became, it’s wonderful gifts like his music and showmanship that will hopefully live on in our minds forever.  Thanks, Michael!

I also HAVE to post “Ben”, which I really loved as a little girl.  I had no idea at the time that it was about a rat.  (How ironic is that.)  It’s also telling of what his childhood was like, having composed at such a young age this beautiful and heartfelt song about his friendship with his pet rat.  It’s my second favorite MJ song and really takes me back…

I was obsessed with Charlie’s Angels as a child.  Of course, the show’s adult innuendoes were lost on me as I just watched for the action and cool hair.  Contrary to what boring critics say, I thought this show did a lot for little girls like me who thought for the first time that we could kick boys’ asses.  We’ll miss you, Farrah!