Here are some of my favourites from back in the day (specifically, the 80s and early 90s).
I was a voracious reader as a kid, and a frequent visitor to the library. I was a huge fan of Nancy Drew as a smart, independent, ass-kicking female. I also liked The Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins/High (Team Elizabeth all the way). I remember before going to my first “dance” I kept re-reading the relevant chapters in whichever Babysitters Club book that included Mary Anne’s first dance. For a while, I was into R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike, although I don’t think that lasted long.
Favourite board games
I really liked Clue, and I was always Miss Scarlett. I also liked Trivial Pursuit, but a lot of the questions in the Genus Edition were things I just hadn’t been exposed to. I have a vague memory of playing Hungry Hungry Hippos at my friend Beth’s house, but aside from that I don’t recall playing games with friends.
I think my first cassette tape was New Kids on the Block. I was team Jordan all the way. I remember one summer the local skating rink was open for roller skating, and I brought my NKOTB tape for them to play while we were skating.
I didn’t see this music video until much later, because we didn’t get MTV, and MuchMusic, the Canadian equivalent, was on a cable channel that was out of reach for our tv that covered channels 2-13.
Other favourites around that time were Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, and Kylie Minogue. I remember dancing to Tiffany in my backyard.
I occasionally got copies of a teenybopper magazine. I can’t remember the name, but it was similar to Tiger Beat. When I was a bit older, I would take out copies of Teen Magazine from the library. They had these little tear-out booklets inside, which I would tear out and keep, being the badass that I most definitely was not.
Saved By The Bell was a big favourite, as was Who’s The Boss. When I last had cable a couple years ago, there was a station that ran Saved By The Bell reruns on Saturday mornings, and it’s still a fun blast from the past to watch. Apparently there’s a sequel series coming out that includes many of the original characters.
Friday night was TGIF on ABC. It was the one night a week that my brother and I could have potato chips and pop. The exact lineup varied over the years, but included Perfect Strangers, Full House (way before Aunt Becky turned criminal), Family Matters, Boy Meets World, and Step By Step. Ah, simpler times.
My movie watching when I was young was fairly limited because there just wasn’t a lot of access. I was a big of Girls Just Want to Have Fun. I remember watching Michael Keaton-era Batman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the local theatre. But a lot of 80s and early 90s movies I didn’t end up seeing until I was older. I never watched Star Wars, which I know is weird for my generation. And while I remember Corey Haim and Corey Feldman being in teenybopper magazines, I don’t think I saw any of their movies at the time.
I think I’ve mentioned this before, but Rafael of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was hot. Okay, not really, what with being a turtle and all, but still.
There was a corner store just down the road that had a mix of 1, 2, and 5 cent candy. I can’t remember what they were called, but there was a purple puffy 2-cent candy that I was a big fan of. Fun-Dip and Nerds were also favourites, and Gobstoppers were fun too.
The 80s was so much fun clothing-wise. I loved my aqua blue Converse high-tops, which were usually paired with slouch socks. Then there were acid wash jeans, neon spandex bike shorts, neon tops… I actually wish I had saved some of my favourites, especially a New Kids on the Block t-shirt I had.
Any favourites you’d like to share?