1980 saw AC/DC rocking the radio waves with “Back in Black” while Christopher Cross found popularity with his hit “Sailing.” Buck Rodgers and the 25th Century was the popular television show while Little Darlings, The Jazz Singer, My Bodyguard, and The Elephant Man were the popular movies of the year. Intellivison introduced its games in an attempt to dethrone Atari as the most popular video game console and Mattel’s Fashion Plates was a popular toy among American girls.
1981 saw Blazing Saddles, Chariots of Fire and Escape From New York being some of the most popular movies of the year while You Can’t Do That On Television was one of the popular shows. Loverboy’s “Working for the Weekend” and .38 Special’s “Hold On Loosely” was some of the most played songs on the radio. Personal computers saw a rise in popularity thanks to the Osborne Computer. Some popular gadgets of 1981 include Erasermate’s erasable pens and Penny Racers.
1982 saw a battle brewing between VHS and Betamax, Disney opening EPCOT, and BMX biking becoming all the rage. Ripley’s Believe It or Not was one of the top television shows of the year while Tron and First Blood were the top movies.