OF AGE IN THE 1980'S
BY DAVID PAONE
is officially the last year of the Baby Boom Generation. But for those
of us born then, we don't feel a part of the Baby Boomers at all. To
us, the Golden Age of Television is M*A*S*H, All in the Family and
Mary Tyler Moore. What we know of the Eisenhower years we learned
on Happy Days. President Kennedy is ancient history.
We came of
age in the 1980's. I graduated high school in June of 1982 and college
in May of 1986. The following September I started my first full-time
job in the working world.
high school and college I studied photography. Here are some of the
photographs I took in the 1980s, between ages 16 and 22. They have nothing
to do with the fall of Communism or the rise of the national debt, but
a lot to do with the styles and culture of the decade I call mine.
is a freelance photojournalist and writer.
Nothing says 1980's like feathered hair and lots of it.
Not only was hair big in the 1980's, so were belts.
Legwarmers were popular in the early 1980's, even before the movie Flashdance
Western-themed Roy Rogers fast food restaurants were everywhere in the
My first job (after a paper route) was at one on Long Island, for $2.10
an hour. The building has since been torn down and replaced with a tire
store. I saw a Roy Rogers in New Jersey and another in Indiana recently,
so they still exist.
May 21, 1982
Self-portrait with prom date and crooked vest. New Wave music was at
its peak and to this day it's an ever-growing percentage of my CD collection.
Although mulitplexes started in the 1970's, they were everywhere by
the 1980's. I worked at this one from 1982-86.
Schoolgirls will always look at teen magazines, only the heartthrobs
pictured in them change. Ricky Schroder (right) and Scott Baio (left)
still act on TV regularly, but in grown-up roles.
I'm told that the shorts these boys are wearing are very 1980's. I never
thought something as simple as a plain pair of shorts could be so closely
identified with a specific decade but evidently it can.
The classic baby carriage was around for decades but was last seen in
the 1980's. It has since been replaced by strange-looking strollers
with cup holders and three wheels. This girl's hairstyle, on the other
hand, was only around for a short time.
These girls were born in 1972. You do that math...
When did we become middle aged?
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