1983 - What Shaped Us

We entered high school in the dawn of a new decade. The 1970s were over, computers were on the rise, and Ronald Reagan had just been elected President.

Things got off to a rough start with the beginning of the Iran-Iraq War and the identification of the AIDS virus. And 1983 brought an attack on the U.S. embassy in Beirut, in which 63 were killed. However, we were fortunate to witness the release of 52 U.S. hostages who had been held in Iran for 444 days.

With the introduction of CDs in 1982 and Motorola’s mobile phones in 1983, technology was working to improve our lives (although cassette tapes and pay phones were still in heavy use). On the pop culture front, a number of us were glued to our televisions for Charles and Diana’s royal wedding in 1981. And our graduation year brought Cabbage Patch dolls, Swatch watches, “Weird Al” Yankovic’s debut album, the series finale of M*A*S*H., and the first season of USFL football.

Popular Grad Names for 1983

Boys:

Mike
Steve
Eric
Brad
Craig

Girls:

Lisa
Kim
Deborah
Laura
Cindy

Boys:

Mike
Steve
Eric
Brad
Craig

Girls:

Lisa
Kim
Deborah
Laura
Cindy

Movies and TV

Oscar for Best Picture:

Gandhi

Oscar for Best Actor:

Ben Kingsley

Oscar for Best Actress:

Meryl Streep

Top-rated TV shows:

60 Minutes
Dallas
M*A*S*H

Oscar for Best Picture:

Gandhi

Oscar for Best Actor:

Ben Kingsley

Oscar for Best Actress:

Meryl Streep

Top-rated TV shows:

60 Minutes
Dallas
M*A*S*H

Cost of Living Stats for 1983

Average new house:

$82,600

Average annual income:

$21,070

Gallon of gas:

1.20

Average new house:

$82,600

Average annual income:

$21,070

Gallon of gas:

1.20

Celebrities Born in 1983

 
 
 

Celebrities Who Graduated in 1983

 
 

Grammy Awards

Album of the Year:

Toto IV
(Toto)

Song of the Year:

"Always on My Mind"
(Willie Nelson)

Album of the Year:

Toto IV
(Toto)

Song of the Year:

"Always on My Mind"
(Willie Nelson)

Billboard Chart-Toppers

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Every Breath You Take"
(The Police)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Thriller
(Michael Jackson)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Sexual Healing"
(Marvin Gaye)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Thriller
(Michael Jackson)

Year-end #1 pop single:

"Every Breath You Take"
(The Police)

Year-end #1 pop album:

Thriller
(Michael Jackson)

Year-end #1 R&B single:

"Sexual Healing"
(Marvin Gaye)

Year-end #1 R&B album:

Thriller
(Michael Jackson)

1983 Super Bowl

Washington Redskins

27

Miami Dolphins

17

Washington Redskins

27

Miami Dolphins

17

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