As members of the class of 1988, we witnessed some big news events during our time in high school. The Chernobyl disaster and the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion both took place in 1986, shocking us along with millions of others around the globe. The Iran-Contra Affair story broke that year as well, setting many of us up for decades of government mistrust. Black Monday brought stock markets crashing around the world in October of 1987. One bright spot: The Iran-Iraq War finally ended in 1988, after eight brutal years of combat.
Our graduation year also became the year that Sonny Bono was elected mayor of Palm Springs, the Hubble Space Telescope was launched, and the first major computer worm was released via the internet. Also in 1988, smoking was banned on domestic flights of two hours or less (it was a start, at least). On the big screen, our class was watching Rain Man, Big, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Die Hard, Beetlejuice, Young Guns, and Heathers.