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What's new for February 2002:
Movies: Dennis Quaid is in The Star Corner; six new film reviews.
Television: Perfect Strangers is the Featured Series, while the Television Time Machine is set for Wednesday, November 13, 1985.
The Music Scene:  Jody Watley's "Looking For A New Love" is the Featured Song/Artist; we take a look at A Decade in the Life of The Go Gos.
The Daily News: Read the headlines from April 1981.
Tales From the Eighties: "Beverly Hills High in the 1980s," by Michael Leahy
Three additions to our Links page.
Trivia Challenge #8 is here!

Participate in our new poll -- The Eighties Club Movie Stars Poll -- found in the Movies section.

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I. Movies

The Star Corner
(Every month we showcase a new actor or actress)
The Star Corner (1): Kathleen Turner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cher
The Star Corner (2): Michael Keaton, Debra Winger, Michael J. Fox
The Star Corner (3): Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Meryl Streep
The Star Corner (4): Harrison Ford, Glenn Close, Tom Cruise
The Star Corner (5): Elizabeth McGovern, Eddie Murphy, Daryl Hannah
The Star Corner (6): Dennis Quaid

Movie Reviews Index
(Every month we review five or more Eighties films; they are listed alphabetically in the Index)
Movie Reviews (1): Arthur, Bachelor Party, The Bedroom Window, Blue City, Cop, 8 Million Ways to Die, Jack's Back, The Last American Virgin, Running On Empty, Salvador, Tiger Warsaw
Movie Reviews (2): The Big Bet, Club Paradise, The Couch Trip, Legal Eagles, The Mighty Quinn, Thief, 3rd Degree Burn, Tuff Turf, Youngblood
Movie Reviews (3): The Accused, Can't Buy Me Love, Country, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Fatal Beauty, Mannequin, Quicksilver, Someone To Watch Over Me
Movie Reviews (4): Black Widow, The Money Pit, She's Having A Baby, Shoot to Kill, The Star Chamber, Surrender, Working Girl
Movie Reviews (5): The Dead Pool, Heartbreak Ridge, Manhunter, The Men's Club, Red Heat, Revenge of the Nerds, Torchlight, Vice Versa
Movie Reviews (6): Beverly Hills Cop, Flashback, Miles From Home, Night Shift, Patti Rocks, Protocol, Tequila Sunrise
Movie Reviews (7): The Big Picture, Johnny Handsome, Modern Girls, The Morning After, Nothing in Common, Touch and Go, The Verdict
Movie Reviews (8): The Fabulous Baker Boys, For Keeps, Hot to Trot, Micki & Maude, No Mercy, Out of Bounds, Switching Channels
Movie Reviews (9): The Dogs of War; Good Morning, Vietnam; It Takes Two; Made In USA; Repo Man; Ruthless People; Streetwise
Movie Reviews (10): Better Off Dead, Colors, Dead-Bang, Dead Heat, The Pick-Up Artist, So Fine, Top Gun
Movie Reviews (11): 48 Hrs.; Fresh Horses; The King of Comedy; Off Beat; Planes, Trains & Automobiles; Short Circuit; Uncommon Valor
Movie Reviews (12): Clean and Sober, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Less Than Zero, Loverboy, Taps, Turner & Hooch
Movie Reviews (13): Adventures in Babysitting, Black Rain, Blind Date, Earth Girls Are Easy, True Believer, Who's That Girl
Movie Reviews (14): All of Me, Armed and Dangerous, Betrayed, Blue Thunder, Fatal Attraction, Firstborn, St. Elmo's Fire
Movie Reviews (15): The Breakfast Club, K-9, No Way Out, Real Genius, She-Devil, Tap
Movie Reviews (16): Back to School, Breathless, The Dream Team, F/X, Mystic Pizza, Physical Evidence, Road House
Movie Reviews (17): American Flyers, Homeboy, Pumpkinhead, Tango & Cash, UHF, You Can't Hurry Love
Movie Reviews (18): Against All Odds, Catch Me If You Can, Hiding Out, The Hunger, Lucas, Short Circuit 2

Academy Award Winners
(A complete listing of Oscar winners in the top categories from 1980 through 1989)


II. Television

The Television Time Machine
(Every month the Time Machine takes us back to see what we were watching on TV in the '80s.)
Television Time Machine (1): Wednesday, 1.11.84.....Sunday, 10.3.81.....Tuesday, 2.17.87
Television Time Machine (2): Sunday, 9.11.83.....Friday, 9.13.85.....Monday, 11.17.86
Television Time Machine (3): Monday, 8.13.84.....Saturday, 8.26.89.....Sunday, 1.13.80
Television Time Machine (4): Thursday, 6.6.85.....Friday, 4.29.83.....Saturday, 9.27.86
Television Time Machine (5): Monday, 6.25.84.....Saturday, 8.29.81.....Monday, 4.28.86
Television Time Machine (6): Tuesday, 9.20.88.....Sunday, 10.14.84.....1983's Fall Schedule
Television Time Machine (7): Wednesday, 10.13.85

Featured Series
(Each month we take a comprehensive look at an '80s television series)
Featured Series (1): The Equalizer.....The Golden Girls.....Remington Steele
Featured Series (2): St. Elsewhere.....Gimme A Break.....Hardcastle & McCormick
Featured Series (3): Max Headroom.....The Fall Guy.....Sledge Hammer!
Featured Series (4): 21 Jump Street.....ALF.....The A-Team
Featured Series (5): The Greatest American Hero.....Scarecrow and Mrs. King.....The Colbys
Featured Series (6): Family Ties.....Miami Vice.....Moonlighting
Featured Series (7): Perfect Strangers

Top TV Shows of the 1980s
(A listing of the Top 25 shows for each of the decade's ten seasons)

Emmy Winners of the 1980s
(A listing of the winners in top categories for 1980 through 1989)

Primetime Schedules 1980, 1981
Primetime Schedules 1982, 1983
Primetime Schedules 1984, 1985
Primetime Schedules 1986, 1987
Primetime Schedules 1988, 1989


III. The Music Scene

Featured Song/Artist
(Each month we look at a new '80s song, providing the lyrics and an overview of the artist's career.)
Featured Song/Artist (1): "Don't Take Me To The Racetrack," Corey Hart....."True," Spandau Ballet....."All She Wants To Do Is Dance," Don Henley
Featured Song/Artist (2): "The Way That You Love Me," Paula Abdul....."In A Big Country," Big Country....."Something About You," Level 42
Featured Song/Artist (3): "If You Leave," Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark....."Don't Worry, Be Happy," Bobby McFerrin....."All This Time," Tiffany
Featured Song/Artist (4): "99 Luftballoons," Nena....."It's My Life," Talk Talk....."Electric Avenue," Eddy Grant
Featured Song/Artist (5): "The Look," Roxette....."Never Gonna Give You Up," Rick Astley....."Video Killed The Radio Star," The Buggles
Featured Song/Artist (6): "Flashdance...What A Feeling," Irene Cara, "Do They Know It's Christmas?," Band Aid....."Voices Carry," Til Tuesday
Featured Song/Artist (7): "Looking For A New Love," Jody Watley

A Decade in the Life
(Each month, a comprehensive look at the career of a solo artist of group during the 1980s; includes a chronology and discography.)
A Decade in the Life of ABC
A Decade in the Life of Tina Turner
A Decade in the Life of INXS
A Decade in the Life of Hall and Oates
A Decade in the Life of Bananarama
A Decade in the Life of Pat Benatar
A Decade in the Life of Whitesnake
A Decade in the Life of Duran Duran
A Decade in the Life of Billy Idol
A Decade in the Life of Whitney Houston
A Decade in the Life of Thompson Twins
A Decade in the Life of John Cougar Mellencamp
A Decade in the Life of The Police
A Decade in the Life of Phil Collins
A Decade in the Life of Cyndi Lauper
A Decade in the Life of Huey Lewis & The News
A Decade in the Life of Bon Jovi
A Decade in the Life of Tears For Fears
A Decade in the Life of The Go-Gos

Featured Year
(Showcasing a year in the music industry during the 1980s, including Top 10 singles and best albums.)
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985

Grammy Awards & Top 50 Albums
(When completed, this section will contain a listing of Grammy winners for each year, 1980 through 1989, as well as the Top 50 albums for every year in the decade.)



IV. Politics & Other Stuff

People
(Brief but thorough bios of over 100 people who influenced the 1980s. Additions made periodically.)

The American Scene
(A detailed survey, using statistics, of American society in the 1980s -- where we worked, how much we earned, how we spent our leisure time, and what we thought on issues such as abortion and gun control.)

Politics in the Reagan Era
(An essay reviewing the domestic and foreign issues of the 1980s.)

Random Lists
(Our favorite toys, cartoons, comic strips and video games, plus memorable phrases and favorite slang from the 1980s.)

Bestselling Books of the 1980s
(A list of the fiction and nonfictions books we made bestsellers in the 1980s.)

The Super Bowl in the 1980s
(The scores, attendance and highlights of all ten of the decade's Super Bowls.)

Automobiles of the 1980s (1: AMC & Chrysler)
(Pictures and specs of popular cars, as well as concise histories of the automakers.)

Memorabilia (1)
(A collection of uniquely '80s items, and the stories behind them.)


V. Trivia
(Four times a year we post a brand new trivia challenge -- fifty questions that will test your knowledge of the Eighties.)

Trivia Challenge #1
Trivia Challenge #2
Trivia Challenge #3
Trivia Challenge #4
Trivia Challenge #5
Trivia Challenge #6
Trivia Challenge #7
Trivia Challenge #8


VI. Timeline
(A detailed chronological look at the important events of the 1980s.)


VII. Material Things
(The online encyclopedia of the 1980s! A new entry is added monthly.)



VIII. Tales From the Eighties
(Short book excerpts describing an event unique in its portrayal of life in the 1980s. Frequent additions.)

"Rather in Tiananmen Square," from Anchors: Brokaw, Jennings, Rather and the Evening News
Robert Goldberg & Gerald Jay Goldberg (New York: Birch Lane Press, 1990)

"The Trespassers: Drilling in the Wilderness," from A Season of Spoils: The Story of the Reagan Administration's Attack on the Environment, Jonathan Lash, Katherine Gillman & D. Sheridan (New York: Pantheon, 1984)

"USA TODAY Hits the Streets," from The Making of McPaper: The Inside Story of USA Today
Peter S. Prichard (New York: Andrews, McMeel & Parker, 1987)

"The Nicaraguan Peace Initiative," from The Ambition and the Power: The Fall of Jim Wright, A True Story of Washington
John M. Barry (New York: Viking, 1989)

"The Neighborhood," from The Cocaine Kids: The Inside Story of a Teenage Drug Ring
Terry Williams (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1989)

"Michael and MTV," from MTV: The Making of a Revolution
Tom McGrath (Philadelphia: Running Press, 1996)

"What Do They Do For Fun in Warsaw?" from Holidays in Hell
P.J. O'Rourke (New York: Vintage Books, 1988)

"In Country," from Afghanistan: Soviet Vietnam
Vladislav Tamarov (San Francisco: Mercury House, 1992)

"The Reagan Doctrine," from A Twilight Struggle: American Power and Nicaragua, 1977-1990
Robert Kagan (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996)

"The Plague Goes Public," from The Plague Years: A Chronicle of AIDS, The Epidemic of Our Times
David Black (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1985)

"Beverly Hills High in the 1980s," from Hard Lessons: Senior Year at Beverly Hills High School
Michael Leahy (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1988)


IX. The Daily News
(When completed, this will be a concise but comprehensive review of the headlines for all 3,653 days of the decade!)

1980
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

1981
January, February, March, April



X. Links
(A gateway to other online resources relevant to the 1980s.)


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