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.