It’s time for part 2. Since the 1980s covers my crushes/ obsessions from age 6 – 16 the list is varied, bizarre and enormous, despite not being exhaustive, so I’ll just get started.
1. The Blues Brothers. I still get quivery thinking about Muppet Baby Dan Akroyd. Look at him. Along with Jaws and the Charlton Heston Ten Commandments, I’ve probably seen this movie more than any other. I can quote the entire thing from beginning to end. I both loved them and wanted to be them.
4. Goldie Hawn. In general, but mostly in the movie Foul Play. Yes, I know that came out in 1978, but I didn’t become obsessed with it until the 80s… so… suck on that. Could she be cuter? I wanted to grow up and be her or…
5. Kathleen Turner AKA Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone. I seriously thought that being a grown-up woman meant wearing high, loose buns, turtlenecks and puffy coats. I wanted to be Joan Wilder so much. I wanted her amazing apartment. I wanted to write romance novels and have meetings with my be-permed editor. I wanted everything, BUT the adventure in Columbia and the romance with Michael Douglas. If I had a therapist, I think just knowing this information would tell them everything they needed to know about me.
8. The show Double Trouble. For a long time I thought I may have dreamt this show, but, look the internet has pictures so it must have been real. I would kick someone super hard to be able to see this again. I’m sure it’s just as awesome as I remember.
15. The other 50% is all Violet from 9-5.
18. Rick Astley. “Rick rolling” still pisses me off. A much younger co-worker “rick rolled” me and I didn’t get it. I responded with. “Oh, I used to love him so much” and she was so confused. She couldn’t believe he was even real and when I explained that he was the Jason Mraz of the 80s, I thought her head might explode. Fuck you, young people. Rick Astley rules.
25. Jumpin’ Jack Flash is another example of what I expected adulthood to be like. You could actually add a pinch of Terry Doolittle to my work persona, now that I think about it. I learned so much from her, though I’ve never told my boss to stick anything up her “chocolate whiz way.”