Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller) and the Fatal Car Crash of 1987

Matthew Broderick, the actor that played the infamous Ferris Bueller in John Hughes’ 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, was involved in a car crash that claimed two lives.

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While vacationing in Ireland on August 5, 1987, Broderick and his Ferris Bueller’s Day Off co-star and then girlfriend, Jennifer Grey who played Ferris’ sister Jeanie were in a rented BMW when Broderick drove into the wrong lane, colliding with a Volvo, killing two just 80 miles outside of Belfast. Broderick’s car collided head-on with a Volvo driven by Anna Gallagher, 28. She and her mother, Margaret Doherty, 63, were both pronounced dead on arrival at Erne Hospital. Broderick, who was 25 at the time, suffered a fractured leg, fractured ribs, a concussion, and collapsed lung. Grey, who was 27, only suffered severe whiplash and minor cuts and bruises.

Regarding the accident, Broderick had this to say:

“I don’t remember the day. I don’t remember even getting up in the morning. I don’t remember making my bed. What I first remember is waking up in the hospital, with a very strange feeling going on in my leg.”

His leg was badly broken, resulting in him being rushed to the hospital. The paramedics had to tear the car apart in order to administer first aid to Broderick. All Broderick kept asking at the time of the accident was whether or not the people in the other car had been hurt. Broderick could have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, which could have ended in a five-year prison sentence, but he was only fined $175, something the family of the diseased was angered by.

Broderick received quite a bit of flack from the Doherty family and others after appearing in a Super Bowl commercial on game day for the 2012 Honda CR-V, intended to replicate him as Ferris Bueller. They suggested he may not be such a suitable driver.

Things Kids from the 80s Can Only Remember

The Muppet Babies….I do not know… Apparently people argue that they were better than Arthur. I would have to disagree.

That Muppet Babies is greatest cartoon of all time (sorry, Rugrats ).

He-Man and She-Ra. They are brother and sister but people thought they were sucha hot couple together….interesting.

Even though they were brother and sister, you thought He-Man and She-Ra made a hot couple.

Th Cosby Show. One of the best TV shows ever. This one is not all about the 80s kids. I think many people know this one. Great great show!

"Must-see TV" meant The Cosby Show .

This one is very sad. But remembering where you were when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded. This is very similar to the explosion of the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1st, 2003 when it exploded on re-entry.

Remembering where you were when the Challenger disaster happened.

The caption where is got this picture of the Breakfast Club, reads, “Trying to be as cool as the teens in John Hughes Movies.” Right on with this one. John Hughes movies, especially teen movies were great, really entertaining. I would be lying if I said I did not have interest in watching more of his films.

Aspiring to one day be as cool as the teens in John Hughes movies.

Pop Star movement. yup, defiantly do not remember this. Probably would not have taken notice or part of it anyways. Haha

Being either "Team Cyndi" or "Team Madonna."

The original Transformers Movie. So apparently Optimus Prime dies in this movie. Yeah I feel bad for the kids in the 80s who had to see this. He is such a boss. He saves the day in all the transformer movies nowadays! Cannot believe he died in this movie!

The emotional blow you felt when Optimus Prime died in The Transformers: The Movie .

The collecting of Garbage Pail Kids….what? I think it is a good thing that this only lasted for a short time in the 80s…

The joy of collecting Garbage Pail Kids and putting the stickers on your bedroom wall.

Hahaha this one made me laugh. I think this personifies the 80s for kids today and what our perception is. When i think of the 80s, I think of neon colors and outfits that make you stand out. Well, here it is. the neon biker or leggings that girls wore to school.

That it’s perfectly acceptable to wear neon spandex biker shorts with just a T-shirt to school.

Continuing the trend of 80s clothing, the pegs on your jeans. A staple in the 80s and still is today for kids who try to replicate that.

Taking that little extra time in the morning to get the perfect peg on your jeans.

 

1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

    1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. 

In the 1980’s there was a huge volcanic eruption that happened at Mount St. Helens. St. Helens is a volcanic mountain located in Washington state and it was one of the only volcanic eruptions that happened in the United States since 1915 (Lassen Peak, California). After the eruption happened, there was a series of earthquakes that occurred for the next three months from the volcanic magna that was under the earth’s surface. Before the eruption the United States Geologic Survey (USGS) scientists convinced local authorities to make sure that the mountain was completely evacuated before the eruption occurred and doing so saved the lives of thousands that were on the mountain before it erupted. It’s great that the scientists urged authorities to keep the area evacuated and closed despite the pressure from the public to reopen it; otherwise the damage could have been much worse.

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After the volcano erupted there was eruption column that rose 80,000 feet above the volcano into the atmosphere. An eruption column is basically volcanic ash that gets emitted during an explosive volcanic eruption and the ash forms a column rising many miles above the top of the volcano. This creates basically an atomic bomb of ash everywhere; it fills the sky with ash and there’s nothing that can be done about it. The volcano had a huge impact on the mountain, wildlife, and the landscape around it. Unfortunatly the volcano killed roughly fiftey seven people and the ash and magma has changed the surrounding landscape. The eruption also caused volcanic mudslides that reached as far as fifty miles because the heat of the volacano caused the snow, ice, and glaciers on St. Helens to melt. The area is now preserved as as the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Recently Mount St Helens looks like a big snowy mountain but underneath is hot magma that is growing. Scientists are able to keep a eye on St Helens with all of their up-to-date sensors and readings that they have and can predict if St Helens is in danger of erupting once more.  75513-004-A5C27F0A

Drinking Age

Up until the 1980’s the drinking age acted like a crazy roller coaster; it was raised, then lowered, then raised again. Slowly more and more states were making the drinking age higher. After prohibition ended in 1933 drinking age varied from state to state. In some states the law was unclear. For example, in Colorado there was no designated drinking age until 1945. In 1971 the voting age was lowered to 18, so many states used this as justification for lowering the drinking age to 18. This is very strange for our current generation to fathom. Our generation that has been trying to sneak alcohol since they were 16 or younger.

This wikipedia page lists all the drinking ages as they changed throughout time.

Starting in the last-seventies some states began voluntarily to higher the drinking age to 20 or 21. It wasn’t until 1984 that the national government got involved. Congress passed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act. The Act required states to higher their drinking age to 21, otherwise the state would be punished by a decrease in the federal money.

The raising of the drinking age caused a large uproar among the youth, especially those who were anywhere from 16-20 years old. Many of the 18-20 year olds were already accustom to drinking and then that right was taken away from them. Those that were 16-17 were looking forward to being able to legally drink in a year old two. The common uproar in the 80’s and still holds value today is: “If I can go die for my country at 18 why can’t I have a beer.”

Many colleges were upset about this ruling because then you have excessive partying and drinking because you have students just getting free from their parents.

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However, opinions have shifted because now most of America agrees that the drinking age should be 21. Rumor has it the American Medical Society even thinks the drinking age should be raised to 25! The drinking age question may come back to the congress table  in the future, though.

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80s Sports: Where Do You Start?

The decade of 1980 could arguable be one of the greatest decades for sports. So where do you start? well why not start with the 1980 winter Olympics.

USA Men’s Hockey upsets USSR in semifinal game and then beats Finland for Gold. DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?!?!

As a huge Red Sox fan, this one hurts. the ball goes through Bill Buckners legs at first and the Red Sox lose the World Series in 7 games to the New York Mets.

The Play. the University of California returns kick off for touchdown while running through the Stanford band and wins the game.

Boston College’s Doug Flutie throws Hail Mary at the end of the game versus the University of Miami and wins.

The Catch. Joe Montana throws a touchdown pass to Dwight Clark with 51 seconds left to win the 1982 NFC Championship Game.

Jack Nicklaus birdies 17 and comebacks to win the 1986 Masters and becomes the oldest Major winner at 46 years old.

Pete Rose sets all-time hitting record and then is suspended for life from the game of baseball because of gambling.

The Trade: As one ESPN resporter stated, “the day Canada cried. Think about it. The Oilers had won four Stanley Cups in five seasons, and Gretzky had won eight of the previous nine MVP trophies. This would have been like the Bulls trading Jordan to the Clippers in 1997 for Lorenzen Wright, Eric Piatkowski and Bo Outlaw. The Kings? Postscript: the Oilers won the Cup in 1990.”

Roger Clemens strikes out 20 Mariners

Larry Mize wins 1987 on improbable chip: Mize was an Augusta native with only one career PGA Tour victory. His opponents in a three-way playoff: two-time Masters champ Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman, then considered the world’s best player. Ballesteros dropped out on the first hole; on the second hole, Mize chipped in from off the green. Remarkably, it was the second straight major Norman had lost on a miracle shot

There are a lot more than this but which one is your favorite?

Live Aid — Failure or Success

Live Aid was a huge concert that was held across two nations simultaneously on July 13th 1985. It was nicknamed the “global Jukebox” and was held in Wembly Stadium in London and in John F. Kennedy stadium in Philadelphia.  Bob Geldof and Midge Ure devised this performance as a way to raise money for a severe and ongoing famine in Ethiopia. Considering this purpose, there is a lot of controversy over the actual success of this event.

Misguided: The harsh truth is that for all those good intentions, these concerts have scarred a generation

SUCCESS

Approximately 72,000 people attended the England location’s concert and an estimated 100,000 people attended the United States’ concert. It also was one of the largest television broadcasts of all time with an audience of 1.9 billion watching from 150 nations. Overall, it lasted 16 hours and included many famous artists and bands such as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Queen, Phil Collins, Madonna, Tina Turner, Duran Duran, Paul McCartney, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and more. Overall, this was approximated to generate as much as 250 million $. It has been referred to as “The greatest concert of all time” and praised as. “the standard by which other all-hands-on-deck rock and charity events are known.”

 

Here are some clips from the event!

 

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Led Zeppelin

 

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Mick Jagger

 

Madonna

 

 

FAILURE

Unfortunately, much of the famine they were attempting to alleviate was caused by displacement from war and as a consequence of a violent government regime – not just insufficient quantities of food being grown. The aid workers sent to Africa ultimately ended up exchanging money at absurd rates that ultimately reinvigorated the oppressive government. Much of this cash flow, therefore, was put into the continued relocation of already starving people by the government. As many as 1/6 of those who were forced to make this journey are estimated to have died. While Live Aid did manage to feed many people it is entirely possible just as many, if not more, were killed as a consequence of the cash flow. A multitude of articles discussing these enormous flaws can easily be found online.

Here is an article that points out some more of the flaws of Live Aid from cracked.com.

 

In summation, this was essentially the Woodstock of the 1980’s and a huge success musically, however, as a charity it was, sadly, a complete failure.

Dance Innovations of the 80’s

So how did people dance in the 80’s? Dance movies from the eighties show us a plethora of styles– from the popping and locking in the final scene of Footloose to Jennifer Beal’s crazed frenzy in Flashdance to Johnny and Baby’s infamous mambo, the 80’s was all about dance.

A major trend that rose in popularity was “breaking” essentially breakdancing. We see it a bit in Footloose, but in reality it’s popularity corresponds with the rise of hip hop. When I think of break dancing I kind of picture this guy:

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You know: track suit, sweat band, ect. OR this guy:

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Repping Adidas, weird sunglasses reminiscent of Robocop, boom box the size of a school aged child. In fact everyone (as we can see from poor Willard’s pathetic attempts) was breaking in the eighties. They even made movies (yes plural) about it. Here is a clip from the timeless classic Breakin

Magical I know. Maybe its just me but that rapper bears an uncanny resemblance to Ice Cube…. or is it Ice T…. you know the detective in Law and Order SVU– the one TV show that makes me feel super old for loving it.

Another amazing dance trend in the 80’s was the roller dance. People put on fancy costumes like thisroll dance

and jumped and twirled about, and what’s even more bizarre is that this trend turned into this: the World Roller Skating Pairs Championships of 2013

People also enjoyed roller disco parties which I imagine to be like a drug crazed hippie party but with the added fun of unexplained bruises to go with the hangover.

In the eighties, people liked to “slam dance” especially to punk music.

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This is where the mosh pit seems to have originated from. I watched an instructional video on slam dancing. Essentially you have two choices: crouch low stick your arms out and walk in a weird criss-cross motion hopefully pushing people out of your way violently or you can stand in one spot and march lifting your knees really high and head down eyes closed….weird… or last but not least: you can “pogo” which is basically jumping up and down non-stop and maybe getting hit in the head by other “pogo”-ers. Fun Stuff.

So basically in the 80s there was dancing for everyone, but seemingly, dances that could cause serious bodily harm were especially popular. Whether you chose to scrape your face on concrete or asphalt break dancing, or shatter your ankle jumping into the air on roller skates, or even get a bloody nose slam dancing the 80s, dancing was an extreme sport.

 

 

Exxon oil spill

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Exxon Valdez oil spill, which happened on March 24, 1989 on the Prince William Sound in Alaska was one of the biggest oil spills in history. It killed millions of underwater plant life as well as destroyed lots of marine life and birds. It is now known as one of the biggest human caused environmental disasters.  The boat struck a piece of the Bligh Reef and there were over 750,000 barrels filled with oil that was on that boat. The ship was said to be carrying 55 million gallons of crude oil, which then spilled out on to the Sound.

The Exxon spill happened because the captain who was known as a drinker and was said to be drinking that night when the boat crashed and was apparently not even at the wheel of the boat when they did crash. There had to be clean ups on beaches all around the area because of the masses of oil that were washing up on beaches and shores all up and down the coast. Many species died in this oil spill especially because the oil got in to the food and environments of many animals and killing many animals because of it. Exxon paid a total of over $507.5 million in total paying for the damages lawsuits plus interest Exxon had to pay everyone a lot of money in order to get over what they did.

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I remember learning about the oil spill in school but didn’t know all the details or the long term consequences. It turns out that scientists think that the environments in the Sounds were permanently damaged. There has been research in the area, and as of 2010, only 13 of the 32 wildlife populations, habitats, and resource services are fully recovered or most likely recovered. The rest are either not recovering or permanently damaged.