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.

1980 games and toys that you can still get today

Well, if you are interested in 1980s and the toys and games of the 1980s, this blog is for you. I know myself and I love history so just looking back at the 1980s is awesome but what is even more awesome than the 1980s itself? The toys and how kids played and acted compared to nowadays! so here you go:

Nintendo Power Glove. Never used it or even heard of it for that matter until this blog but it looks sweet.

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The Pee Wee Herman Doll. I do not know what to think about this. I wrote a blog earlier about Pee Wee Herman and all about him but what is the significance of this doll? Kind of creep.

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He-Man and MOTU Castle Grayskull. Looks sweet. Definitely would have played with it if I was a kid in the 80s. Kind of reminds me of legos.

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My Buddy and Kid Sister. Creepy, just creepy. Reminds me of the Chucky doll. What is the purpose of this. But yet again what is the purpose of dolls in general?

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FireBall Isalnd. Just a sweet looking board game. Catches your eye. For sure would have played it.

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My Little Pony…

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The Smurfs. Who knew that they came from the 80s. Not me! But awesome. Cannot hate on the Smurfs even though the movie was not to good.

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Girl Talk. I do not know what this is. Kind of reminds me or gives an excuse for girls to gossip?

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Game Boy. By far the coolest invention, toy of the 1980s!

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All in all, I would have to say that the boys had the better selection of toys from the 1980s. Girls just generally had dolls and Girl Talk. What can they possibly do with that? The boys on the other hand got transformers, Star Wars, legos, and action figures. Boys totally dominate of choice of toys from the 1980s.

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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.

 

The Replacements

The Replacements were an alternative rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota that essentially started a genre, mixing classic rock ‘n roll with punk rock. They were around from 1979-1991 and released several full-length albums that still continue to inspire musicians today. They were drawn to the sounds of everyone from Lou Reed, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles to The Clash, The Ramones, and The Dead Boys.

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Their album Tim was released in October of 1985 and was their first major label release on Sire Records. It was produced by Tommy Ramone. This album was one of their most popular and gained some moderate mainstream commercial success. Tim showcases The Replacements’ widely diverse influences from Roy Orbison to Chuck Berry. Lyrically, the most are mostly loser anthems dealing with adult responsibility and growing up. The Replacements made it cool to be outcasts. Three of The Replacements’ most popular tracks can be found on this album including “Kiss Me on the Bus”, “Bastards of Young”, and “Left of the Dial”, which is a reference to college radio stations being left of the dial on a radio and how exciting it was for up and coming bands to hear their music on air.

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On January 18, 1986 The Replacements performed “Kiss Me on the Bus” and “Bastards of Young” on Saturday Night Live after which they were banned for life for swearing during their performance and their rowdy behavior. This was the most success they had received as a band up until this point, but fame did not matter to them. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine placed Tim at #136 on their list of the greatest 500 albums of all time. It was also ranked #4 on the Alternative Press list of top 99 albums from 1985-1995. Allmusic gave the album 5 stars as they did with The Replacements’ previous studio album, Let It Be.

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Patrick Swayze

This blog would not be complete without a post dedicated to quite possibly the sexiest man who has ever lived. That’s right I’m talking about Patrick Swayze.

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Ok so Swayze who has captivated women young and old got his start acting on Broadway as Danny Zuko in the musical Grease. Double yum. His first film was playing the part of Ace in Skatetown USA.

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Obviously most people have never heard of that movie, but they should because he takes off his belt uses it as a whip and roller figure skates. It is a must see. Seriously. His real breakout role was in The Outsiders where he played the highly muscled hunky Darry: older brother with a heart of gold.

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He went on to star in such famous movies as Dirty Dancing, Road House, Ghost, along with a bunch of movies in the 90’s that arent nearly as exciting as his 80’s sex symbol roles. Interestingly he acted both on Broadway and in London’s West End– obvious proof that he wasn’t just handsome, but talented as well.

Some of my very favorite Patrick Swayze moments include his first dance with Baby in Dirty Dancing where he demonstrates that he truly is a “love man”. Also this scene where he appears like an angel from heaven to bring to Baby the gift of sexy sexy dance. And of course you can’t forget his hungry eyes scene. Don’t get me started on Time of My Life….

Perhaps his most famous scene ever is a scene that I’m certain caused many women to take a new interest in pottery. Like seriously pottery wheel makers have probably never been so happy as they were when this happened. Seriously I tear up just looking at it. Its ridiculous.

So as everyone knows he passed away September 14th, 2009 leaving behind his beloved wife of 34 years– the love of his life whom he met when he was 18. I don’t like to think of Patrick as dead. Instead I like to remember him like this:

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And like this:

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R.I.P Patrick. You are missed.

 

The Outsiders and Food

So the food situation in The Outsiders is kind of bizarre. There seems to be an endless supply of chocolate cake in Darry, Soda, and Pony Boy’s home. For a family without a mother or father where both adults work two jobs these cakes are perfect. I have tried to make layer cakes and it is not easy! These cakes are perfect level and frosted flawlessly. I just find it super hard to believe the realism of more than one of these cakes existing in a house belonging to three men.

I mean seriously look at this cake!

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I get the symbolism of having Twobit eat chocolate cake and beer while watching, judging from his muscle shirt, Mickey Mouse sprawled on the floor like the overgrown kid he is, but still not super realistic.

According to the internet in the book The Outsiders, Johnny’s nick name was in fact Johnny cake so its possible that some of the scenes cut from the movie explained why these cakes were present other than their use in establishing the fact that the greasers were actually a group of overgrown kids that lacked any responsible adult or authority figure in their lives. The internet seems to be kind of obsessed with deleted scenes from the film. Here is a reel of said deleted scenes and they actually really explain a lot about the background info of the film.

 

Hiyao Miyazaki in the 1980s

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Hiyao Miazaki has maintained an influential career as a film director, animator, manga artist, illustrator and producer across six decades. His skills and success have earned him comparison to Walt Disney, Nick Park and Steven Spielberg. Alongside  Isao Takahata, Hiyao Miazaki co-founded Studio Ghibli (April 1985), his film and animation studio. Through his talent and animation studio he has become one of the most famous and influential of all animators (and my personal favorite). Today, I will be looking at some of his works that he did during the 1980s — A time period that resulted in several of his greatest works.

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

This film is considered one of his greatest works by many. It paved the way for the themes which appear in many of his films such as concern for the environmental, aviation and anti-military messages. It also is considered a precursor for another one of his greatest films, Princess Mononoke. Also, it is important to point out the almost dream-like images that appear in all of his films as a result of the peculiar creatures and fantastical occurrences.

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986)

This is his first film that he made with Studio Ghibli. It is focused around two orphans who go on a magical journey to Laputa, a magical land in the sky, in search of their parents. Once again this brings into play his fascination with flight which is intertwined into an incredible mythical story line.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

In My Neighbor Totoro, two little girls move to a new home and befriend the forest spirits. This is another very famous film of Hayao Miyazaki. Many of the images from this movie have become iconic Such as this one where the little girls are waiting with the forrest spirit at the bus stop:

Kiki´s Delivery Service (1989)

Finally, this was the last of the 1980s films that Hiyao Miyazaki produced and my personal favorite as a child. This is the enchanting story of Kiki, a young, charming witch finding her place in the big city.

 

What makes all of these films so wonderful is the fanciful aspect to them. Anything can happen in a Hiyao Miyazaki film. Also, they are just so beautifully animated that is impossible not to enjoy them just on the basis of the artwork alone. In a variety of ways, Hiyao Miyakazki is one of the most brilliant film makers of not just the 1980s, but in history as well.

 

 

What Fashion would you capture in the 80s?

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Fashion in the 80’s was completely different then it is now. Women were styling with their scrunched up or poofy hair and huge gold hoop earrings, and a pearl necklace, while the men wore their sweaters around there neck and had fanny packs on their hips. We usually associate fanny packs with tourists  because when you go to a place filled with tourists now a days, you’re bound to see someone with a fanny pack, there’s no doubt in my mind. In this generation, fanny packs are associated with unfashionable or old people.

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Other than having big curly hair, women, just likethose today, were really into their makeup.They wore bright and heavy makeup making sure everyone could see how beautiful and glamorous they were. Women usually wore light-colored lipstick and dark and think eyelashes. Women had a fashion statement and showed it to the world.

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Some men in the 80s went to the preppy look. This included sweaters around their neck, turtle necks, khaki slacks, and polo shirts with a popped collar. Men went for an Ivy League college student with this look. They took on a more classy and conservative look for the ladies. The most popular brands worn by the preppy kids were Izod, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Brooks Brothers. This look made men seem more intelligent. I think it’s a fashionable look to a certain extent. I think popping your collar is too much and in this day and age the popped collar is associated with Frat boys. You can’t finish the preppy look without having the shoes to complete the outfit. You couldn’t wear the popular converse or newest Air Jordan shoes with a preppy out. That just doesn’t work. You have to be wearing loafers, or as must people know them, BOAT shoes. Without boat shoes you can’t pull off the look. They’re a necessity.

 

 

 

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TV Series

Our generation has seen a radical change in what is exceptable to be on prime time television. We have series like Breaking Bad, which features the production of meth and the destruction of the classic American family. Pretty Little Liars is a teen series and it features so much sex and promiscuity. Walking Dead includes so much violence and horror it is unbelievable. Comparing this to the television series that were popular in the 1980s it seems unreal.

Some of the most popular TV shows around the 1980s era include:

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Full House

Many of the series were centered around family values and the moral lessons we should all be learning. For example, every episode of Full House had to end with a moral lesson that we should all take home.

Now it is hard to find a TV show that is still airing that has a good heartfelt message that even has touching music playing in the background.

Not all TV series were quiet as family oriented as these were though:

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However, comparing the “violent” scenes in these series to the ones in today’s series they are almost laughable.

At about 5 minutes in this clip we seen an gunfight. We don’t see any blood, just the gun shot and the victim fall to the ground dead. Now comparing that to these clip from Breaking Bad:

The VERY first thing we see is a partly decomposed body that has been half melted with hydroflouric acid! I mean it is disgusting and horrible gory and graphic.

Even just typing “80’s TV series” into Bing yields much more reserved results. There is a lot of pictures of groups of family and friends.

Now typing “Popular TV Series in 2013” into Bing we get a much more violent sense. A lot of the pictures portray guns or other weapons, half naked women, or zombies. We have two of the top hits being Breaking Bad as well as Walking Dead!

The overall feel of television has changed so much. We left the nice mildly violent or family-oriented TV series in the past to make room for the new ages horror, gore and thrillers we have today!

Hair in Film: 80’s Glenn Close

So hair seems to play a much bigger role in characterizing characters in 80’s films than it does in film today.

Here are some examples:

In Fatal Attraction Glenn Close plays a crazy woman and thus her hair is pretty extreme. Through much of the movie it looks like you possibly shoved a finger in a light socket. It seems to get bigger the crazier she gets. You can compare this still of her first meeting with Douglas’ character:

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where her hair is at least pulled away from her face and somewhat tame, to this photo as the movie has progressed and she has completely lost it:

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Seriously. She looks like someone styled her hair with some sort of electric shock instrument. It has become an entity unto itself. She literally could not play a sane person with this hair. I would not believe it.

Yes, the 80’s were seemingly dedicated to big hair, but in her other 80’s movies her hair is pretty tame in comparison. In Garp her hair is smoother in texture and tamed into a bun or updo.:garp

In The Big Chill her hair is curly, but it is styled into tight coils rather than frizzy craziness:

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and in Jagged Edge, it is beyond tame. Smooth and styled to perfection:

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Essentially her hair changes texture and style in extreme ways for each film, and this is not counting the period films she did in the 80’s. This is a huge contrast to an actress of today like Jennifer Aniston who has had literally the same hairstyle for almost every movie she has ever done.

 

 

1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

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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

1980’s cars

The 1980s was a great decade for cars and looking back it’s clear that there were many groundbreaking cars that started to come out.  These included the BMW 5 series, Honda Civic CRX, and Ferrari F40 and these cars might go fully unappreciated today, but their inventions in cars such as these are what broke the barrier of the newest cars today.

 

The top 10 cars of the 80’s are:

  1. 1985-1992 Chevrolet Camaro IROC-Z
  2. 1984-1991 Audi 5000
  3. 1981-1992 Toyota Cressida
  4. 1981-1984 Nissan Maxima (810)
  5. 1984-1985 Ferrari 288 GTO
  6. 1984-1996 Chevrolet Corvette (C4)
  7. 1983-1988 Ford Thunderbird
  8. 1984-1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E
  9. 1986-1989 Hyundai Excel
  10. 1986-1992 Mazda RX-7

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These cars were not only the most popular and most driven back then, but also helped form the cars that followed. For example, the Ferrari GTO was not only one of the most like but is still very popular model. The Ford Thunderbird is an iconic car that is known for its speed and stability, and the Mercedes Ben 190E helped Mercedes revolutionize their cars. All of the car companies on the list are still very actively making cars and remain popular with people even today. It depends where you were at the time but for if I was a teenager in the 80s, getting my license or permit at fourteen or fifteen, I would imagine I would want a Thunderbird for its reputation.

 

It is hard to say exactly which car was the ultimate best car for the 80’s however, in my opinion, you could not have gone wrong with the Ferrari f 40. It was built in 1987 and might not have ruled the entire 80’s but certainly made a huge impact when it first came out. This model was made for Ferrari’s 40th anniversary and they did a great job at making it. When it first came out it was $400,000 although there were people that ended up paying over a million dollars in order to obtain one of these cars. Overall there was a lot of great cars in the 80’s and they all laid the groundwork for subsequent models to turn into the nice revolutionized cars that we have today.