1985

A lot of stuff happened in 1985.   Just to give a perspective on how much things have changed since then, take a look at some of these stats from 1985:

Average Cost of new house:  $89,330

Average annual income:  $22,100

Average Price of new car:  $9,005

Gallon of Gas:  $1.09

Movie Ticket:  $2.75

US Postage Stamp:  22 cents

Dow Jones Average:  1546

Here are some of the significant events from 1985:

  • New Coke was introduced
  • Gorbachev becomes last president of Soviet Union
  • Reagan re-elected
  • Nintendo home entertainment system introduced
  • Microsoft launches Windows 1.0
  • Leaded gas banned in the U.S.
  • Crack cocaine starts to appear
  • Live AID concerts
  • Compact Discs introduced to Americans
  • First .Com domain name is registered

And here are some of the pop culture events of 1985:

  • Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame opens
  • We are the World wins Song of the Year Grammy
  • The Cosby Show is most popular tv show, followed by Family Ties and Murder, She Wrote
  • Out of Africa won Best Picture Oscar while Back to the Future made the most money
  • Madonna launched her Like A Virgin concert tour
  • #1 Billboard Song:  I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreigner
  • Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley were married

The Most Important Single Event of 1985 was the marriage of Barbara McInnes and Jan Edmondson.

In a leaky condo on Maui that was supposed to be a sunset wedding on the beach that got rained out, we exchanged our vows.  Actually the wedding kahuna said a few words in Hawaiian and could not play the Wedding Song on his broken boom box.  And he had to bolt right away because he “have anuda gig, brudda.”  We signed something that I can only assume was the marriage license.

It is a great first memory upon which we have built 25 more years of amazing and wonderful memories.  Life may have been cheaper and simpler,  but it has only gotten richer and better since that night.   We have two wonderful sons, our health, a beautiful home and each other.  Life is good.  Here’s to 25 more.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. 1985 has always been a special year for me too. I finally know why. Congrats.

    Reply

  2. Posted by Riverbum on December 1, 2010 at 7:15 am

    This was pretty nice “Brudda” .. congratulations to you and Barb ..

    Reply

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