Turn Back Tuesday – 1987

So what were you doing in 1987?

As part of my ongoing attempt to recreate a lifetime of memories, I’m focusing this week on the year I turned 15.

I went to band camp and yes, every time I say that I think of the American Pie movie. But no…I didn’t see any flute fornication while I was there. I was WAY too nerdy to have been involved in that type of shenanigans.

Here’s why…my mom thought it would be a good idea for me to get a perm on the top of my head; that way I wouldn’t have to worry about gel or hairspray or mousse or looking like my dad. The problem as that I did the perm on TOP of my head, not the sides or back. And instead of leaving it alone, I tried to comb it out that night…totally RUINING the perm.

This is how I ended up looking for months afterwards:



I exited Grade 9 as a kid who was trying to be friends in a certain group of guys and would do anything to be part of “the gang”. I showed off in school…I skipped the occasional class…I was in detention more than I wasn’t. My parents thought I was going down a bad path or something. I just wanted to get some of the attention I wasn’t getting at home.

I entered Grade 10 at a pivotal point in my life. The big thing was that I was finally done being the outcast at school who kept begging for attention. I feel as though I began to settle into my own body a bit and not feel as though I had to be somebody I wasn’t. I began to hang out with a group of people that I really wanted to hang out with.

I still looked like a nerd and I’m sure I acted like a total goof, but I was no longer the butt of ALL the jokes. I had friends who would have my back if something were to happen. I’m still friends with those same people today.

Players Light Smooth cigarettesAs bad as this may sound, but I think one of the reasons I got to hang out with the “cool kids” was because I took up smoking. I mean, this was a different age…I could walk down to the corner store and buy a single cigarette for 25 cents…so the way to “look cool” was to take up this nasty, disgusting habit. It’s such a weird thing to write about today, but I totally gave into peer pressure and ended up smoking over a pack a day for 15 years.  I celebrated 10 years smoke free this year, actually.

My dad's first restaurantDad was working like crazy at his pizza restaurant. Business was booming and life was good. I never had to need anything growing up. We were never a rich family, but we always had a roof over our heads and food on our plates. Dad did very well in the pizza business for a time.

WrestleMania III took place this year. To a non-fan, this isn’t a big deal. To a wrestling fan, though, this is very well known as being the largest indoor sporting event in North America with an attendance of 93,173 fans. That incredible number stood for over 20 years until the 2010 NBA All-Star Game eclipsed it with an indoor attendance of 108,713 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

Did you know that The Simpsons first got their start on The Tracy Ullman Show in 1987? It’s crazy to think that the show is still rolling along almost 30 years later.

The #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Bad” by Michael Jackson. I’m a life-long Jackson fan, but I’ll be the first to admit that this was one of his worst songs. I mean, c’mon…out of all of his singles during the 80s, THIS was definitely the worst one. Am I wrong? And I can’t even listen to it without thinking of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s parody version, whose lyrics at least makes the song itself listenable.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA As a Canadian, I would be amiss if I didn’t include the historic introduction of the one dollar coin into our country. It was immediately nicknamed “The Loonie” because of the loon pictured on the “tails” side of the coin (we’ve got a beaver on the nickel, a boat on the dime, and a moose on the quarter…we’re a weird country with our coins).

Three_men_and_a_babyThe top 5 box office films of the year were:

  1. Three Men And A Baby at $167 million
  2. Fatal Attraction at $156 million
  3. Beverly Hills Cop II at $153 million
  4. Good Morning, Vietnam at $123 million
  5. Moonstruck at $80 million

Gosh…it’s hard to imagine that Three Men & A Baby was the #1 movie of 1987. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a horrible movie or anything…but it was a silly comedy with sub-par acting and a generic story. I guess it was a bad year for movies. I saw the top four movies over time but never saw Moonstruck, nor do I have any desire to.

lethal weaponLethal Weapon was released in 1987. I’m assuming that it was because the movie was R-rated that it only made $65 million at the box office. That franchise was, for the most part, pretty darn good. It really blended comedy, action, and drama quite well. The chemistry between Mel Gibson and Danny Glover was fantastic, and only got better with the addition of Joe Pesci. And of course, as a Canadian music fan I was stoked to hear that Honeymoon Suite was getting their “big U.S. break” by performing the love song “theme” to the movie.

the_cosby_showThe top 5 television programs of the year were:

  1. The Cosby Show
  2. A Different World
  3. Cheers
  4. The Golden Girls
  5. Growing Pains

star trek tngI consider myself a Star Trek fan. I’m not a “Trekker” or a “Trekkie”, but I’m still a fan. But even still, I had no idea that Star Trek: The Next Generation actually debuted in 1987. Although now that I think about it, maybe I did know that…I just completely forgot and assumed it was a 1990’s television show. Huh. I think it’s fair to say that TNG was vastly superior to any other Star Trek program. I was a massive fan and couldn’t wait to watch every Saturday night at my friend’s house. Yeah…good times.

And for those still trying to wrap your heads around Windows 8, just try to wrap your head around the fact that Windows 2.0 was released in 1987.

That’s 1987 in a nutshell for me. What do YOU remember about 1987?


2 thoughts on “Turn Back Tuesday – 1987

  1. Love your flashbacks! 1987 for me was my first year in high school. It was also the start of many ‘first’ outings with friends whose older siblings could drive. This usually meant ‘getting away’ over the border to Amherst (which was a big deal without your parents). I saw Three Men and A Baby at the Amherst movie theater. It was a big deal at the time. Was your dad’s PD in the “old” Zellers mall?

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