My mental jukebox is playing Little Red Corvette today. I don't know why. Written and sung by Prince, the song came out on his 1999 album in 1983.
I was living on Okinawa then. I vividly remember enjoying one of Okinawa's beautiful blue sky days as I stood outside The American Bakery and listened to this song with friends.
1983! That was a good year for albums. Besides 1999, Yes released 90125, which included Owner of a Lonely Hear. Boston finally came out with the long awaited Third Stage album and ZZ Top was all over the radio and MTV with Legs, She's Got Me Under Pressure, Gimme All Your Lovin', and Sharp Dressed Man from their Eliminator album. Few of those were on CD and I had them all on vinyl, played at 33 RPM, which I then recorded on reel to reel so I could experience high fidelity sound.
Ronald Reagon was President of the United States and Democrat Tip O'Neill was Speaker of the House of Representatives. Over in the UK, Margaret Thatcther was Prime Minister. There was an East and West Germany and the Berlin Wall was intact, as was the USSR, led by Yuri Andropov. 1983 was the year the Soviets shot down KAL-007 after mistaking it for a military aircraft. Ronald Reagon made his famous speech calling the USSR an evil empire and the United States invaded Grenada. Civil war still raged in Lebanon and the US Embassy in Beirut was bombed in what's often called The Barracks Bombing.
1983 was the year Apple made its famous 1984 television ad and released the Lisa. Dell Computers didn't exist. The Commodore 64 and TRS-80 were the hot computers. Microsoft had not come out with MS DOS or Windows yet. Jazzercise, the Sony Walkman, and Member's Only jackets were the hip things for that popular term, yuppies. I bought my first computer - the next year - when I purchased a Kaypr running CP/M at 4.77 megahertz on two 5 1/4 inch floppy discs.
Big movies that year included Return of the Jedi, War Games with young Matthew Broderick, and The Big Chill. In books, I was mostly reading science fiction and fantasy written by Gene Wolfe, Isaac Asimov, Piers Anthony and Terry Pratchett, but I also indulged in Dick Francis mysteries.
In NFL football in America, the Raiders, then based in Los Angles, won the Super Bowl, which they haven't done since. Nelson Piquet was battling with Nigel Mansell and Alain Prost in Formula 1. The names Aryton Senna and Michael Schumacher weren't on the horizon.
1983. I remember it well - well, pretty well, thanks to the Internet.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com