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September, 1980: The New Confidence

American presidential elections: a bloodless revolution every four years. The incumbent Jimmy Carter is challenged by a seemingly doomed Independent candidate John Anderson and Republican Ronald Reagan. There was a debate for the candidates, but for some reason Carter didn’t show, so it was just Reagan verses Anderson. The usual topics of the day are covered: nuclear annihilation, middle east unrest, the economy. But something magic happens at the end of the debate. Reagan delivers Read more […]

January, 1980: Young Americans

The metamorphosis of the American mind began in 1980, I was 9 years old. January, 1980 Delivering papers just got easier, my ears saturated with sound as newspapers fly through the air. It was all I wanted for Christmas, a new thing called a Walkman. Children sing “We Don’t Need No Education” as I hurled papers to the beat. I could now play my own soundtrack to the world, define the mood of the moment. But the Walkman came at a price, because it meant no funds for new video games. What Read more […]