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Throwback Thursday: Just for some (generational) fun

Even with the Labor Day holiday to shorten it, it’s been an intense week, for me anyway. In an attempt to lighten things up a bit, and with a shout out to the great Karen Rasberry, author and fellow columnist (you can find her over at – remember, no “p” in her name), here’s an old one of mine from a few years ago….

Do baby boomers (and beyond) know us as well as we know them?

A few weeks ago, co-columnist Karen Rasberry tested us all on trivia from the baby boomer generation. Just like she said, as a member of a younger generation, I look to that era with some degree of fascination and found that I did indeed know nearly all of the answers to her questions. 
I was quite proud of myself. 
Then something dawned on me. 
I wondered if I were to write a similar test of trivia from my childhood through teenage years, which would be roughly the mid eighties through the mid nineties, would any members of previous generations be able to rattle off answers to those questions. I’m not sure it works backward. I guess we’ll find out. 
If not, I’m betting there are some thirty-somethings out there that that will enjoy a little trip down memory lane. (And thanks, Karen, for the idea.)
Here goes:
1. In the eighties, we wore __________ watches as status symbols, the more the better.
2. Who shot J.R. Ewing? 
3. In “Family Ties” who were Alex P. Keaton’s idols? 
4. What planet was ALF from?
5. Kevin P. Smith wrote, directed and starred as the unforgettable character, _________, in the movies Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma. 
6. Released in 1993 and set in 1976, this movie about coming of age in a small southern town quickly became a cult classic. It starred several actors, now household names, very early on in their career, including Jason London, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck and Renee Zellweger. it even spawned a sequel. It was called ” ______ and ___________”.
7. On The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Will’s cousin Carlton likes to dance to what Vegas performer when no one’s around?
8. Pop duo _____________, whose hits included “Blame it On The Rain” and “Girl You Know It’s True” faced public backlash in 1990 when it was revealed that someone else had actually performed the vocals on their songs and the pair had merely been lip synching all along.
9. Actor Ben Stein played a high school economics teacher in this 1986 classic. Anyone? Anyone?
10. The  U.S. Space Shuttle ________ exploded 73 seconds into its flight on January 28, 1986, killing its seven crew members. As school children, many of us were glued to the televisions in our classrooms, viewing the launch because one of the crew members was ________.
11.    “It’s a long day livin’ in Reseda, 
There’s a freeway runnin’ through the yard
And I’m a bad boy, ’cause I don’t even miss her
I’m a bad boy for breakin’ her heart
(What’s the next line?)
12. The original boy band. They recently made a comeback. (Hint: Hangin’ Tough)
13. The TV show friends arguably defined a generation. Most of us found ourselves somewhere in one of the characters. 
a. Phoebe’s twin sister’s name is _____________. 
            b. Which friend struggled with weight issues as a teenager?
c. Chandler has an extra body part. What is it?
d. Which friend’s hairstyle became so popular, it was known by that character’s name?
14. Originally a tribute to Marilyn Monroe, in 1997 Elton John remade his song “Candle in the Wind” to memorialize ________________.
15. Pantene commercial: “Don’t hate me ____________________.”
16. In 1993, federal agents raided a compound of a religious sect known as Branch Davidians, which led to a standoff. Several Branch Davidians, including their leader, _______________, were killed in a fire at the conclusion of the standoff.
17. Started in 1985 in Champaign, Illinois to raise money for family farmers in the United States, _____________ was organized by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, spurred on by Bob Dylan’s comments at Live Aid earlier in that year. Nelson and Mellencamp brought family farmers before Congress to testify about the state of family farming in America. Congress subsequently passed the Agricultural Credit Act of 1987 to help save family farms from foreclosure.
18. In commercials for Domino’s pizza, a villainous red-suited creature with rabbit ears known as ________ always tried to ruin the pizza but was thwarted every time.
19. The bombing of the Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics, held in Atlanta, was actually committed by _______________. The security guard who discovered the bomb and was instrumental in moving crowds to safety, _______________, was at first falsely implicated in the crime.
20. Many young girls amassed huge collections of these tiny stuffed animals in hopes they would one day be worth something.

(Answers will be posted later in a comment!)

Have some fun today! 

1 thought on “Throwback Thursday: Just for some (generational) fun”

  • As promised, here are the answers:

    1. Swatch
    2. This answer had to be edited in light of the "new" Dallas series. Old answerL Sue Ellen's sister, Kristin. New answer: JR framed Cliff for his death, by having his right hand man "Bum" shoot him because he was terminally ill. (This was all, of course, brought on by the actual death of Larry Hagman.)
    3. Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan
    4. Melmac
    5. Silent Bob
    6. Dazed and Confused
    7. Tom Jones
    8. Milli Vanilli
    9. Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    10. The Challenger; a teacher, the first member of the Teacher in Space Project.
    11. "'Cause I'm free, free fallin'"
    12. New Kids on the Block
    13. a. Ursula, b. Monica, c. a third nipple, d. Rachel
    14. Princess Diana of Wales
    15. "…because I'm beautiful."
    16. David Koresh
    17. Farm Aid
    18. The Noid
    19. Eric Rudolph; Richard Jewell
    20. Beanie babies.

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