1982 - What Shaped Us

Caught between the 1970s and 1980s, we went through high school at a time when things were becoming less innocent and increasingly material. The First Lady was urging young people to “Just Say No” to drugs (which sometimes felt like an exercise in futility). CNN was now the first 24-hour news station, although most teens were much more interested in the phenomenon of MTV. Both President Reagan and Pope John Paul II had recently survived assassination attempts. Tragically, John Lennon had not been as fortunate. Along with the identification of the AIDS virus and the recent nuclear accident at Three Mile Island, the world was feeling like a more dangerous place. On the positive side, we saw Sandra Day O’Connor become the first female to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. On the heels of the introduction of MS-DOS and the first IBM PC – and probably somewhat influenced by our fascination with video games – Time’s Man of the Year for 1982 was the computer. Many of us were also captivated (and frequently frustrated) by a distinctly non-electronic toy called the Rubik’s Cube. Our graduation year brought us the Broadway debut of Cats, the opening of Disney’s EPCOT Center, the premiere of E.T., and a little album called Thriller.

Popular Grad Names for 1982

Boys:

Mike
Steve
Brian
Jim
Dan

Girls:

Lisa
Kim
Kathy
Debbie
Amy

Boys:

Mike
Steve
Brian
Jim
Dan

Girls:

Lisa
Kim
Kathy
Debbie
Amy

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

Chariots of Fire

Oscar for Best Actor:

Henry Fonda

Oscar for Best Actress:

Katharine Hepburn

Top-rated TV shows:

Dallas
60 Minutes
The Jeffersons

Oscar for Best Picture:

Chariots of Fire

Oscar for Best Actor:

Henry Fonda

Oscar for Best Actress:

Katharine Hepburn

Top-rated TV shows:

Dallas
60 Minutes
The Jeffersons

Cost of Living Stats for 1982

Average new house:

$82,200

Average annual income:

$21,050

Gallon of gas:

91 cents

Average new house:

$82,200

Average annual income:

$21,050

Gallon of gas:

91 cents

Celebrities Born in 1982

 
 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1982

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

Double Fantasy
(John Lennon & Yoko Ono)

Song of the Year:

"Bette Davis Eyes"
(Kim Carnes)

Album of the Year:

Double Fantasy
(John Lennon & Yoko Ono)

Song of the Year:

"Bette Davis Eyes"
(Kim Carnes)

Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Physical"
(Olivia Newton-John)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Asia
(Asia)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"That Girl"
(Stevie Wonder)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Raise!
(Earth, Wind & Fire)

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Physical"
(Olivia Newton-John)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Asia
(Asia)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"That Girl"
(Stevie Wonder)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Raise!
(Earth, Wind & Fire)

1982 Super Bowl

San Francisco 49ers

26

Cincinnati Bengals

21

San Francisco 49ers

26

Cincinnati Bengals

21

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