On this day in 1986 – The Chernobyl disaster

The Chernobyl disaster (also referred to as the Chernobyl accident or simply Chernobyl) was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the city of Pripyat, then located in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union (USSR). An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive particles into the atmosphere, which spread over much of the western USSR and Europe.

The Chernobyl disaster was the worst nuclear power plant accident in history in terms of cost and casualties. It is one of only two classified as a level 7 event (the maximum classification) on the International Nuclear Event Scale, the other being the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles. During the accident itself, 31 people died, and long-term effects such as cancers are still being investigated.

Popular Songwriter of the ’70s and ’80s, Michael Masser Dies at 74

Composer Michael Masser with Whitney Houston. Together they made hits. Photo credit: nytimes.com.

Michael Masser, a songwriting legend in the 1970s and ’80s, died in Rancho Mirage, California, on Thursday at age 74.

Masser, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007, created hit songs for Diana Ross in the ’70s and Whitney Houston in the ’80s, according to The Desert Sun. He wrote two of Ross’ biggest hits as a solo artist: “Touch Me in the Morning” and “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?” which was the Academy Award-nominated theme from the movie, “Mahogany.” The song hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, as well. Continue reading Popular Songwriter of the ’70s and ’80s, Michael Masser Dies at 74

‘Miami Vice’ turns 30 this month – Watch full episodes online!

Thirty years ago, NBC aired a two-hour TV movie called “Miami Vice” — the start of a show that would change its hometown, and America’s pop culture, forever. The weekly episodes began Sept. 28, 1984, and aired through May 1989.

Lots of action, great music, beautiful women, handsome men and plenty of guest stars. “Miami Vice” had it all…


The great thing is that we can watch full episodes online now at http://bit.ly/Miami-Vice-30! Seasons 1-4 are available as of the posting of this article. Enjoy and you’re welcome. : )

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ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs’ Take the Best Awkward ’80s Family Photo Ever

Remember those notoriously goofy family photos we used to take back in the eighties? Well the 1980’s TV family ‘The Goldbergs’ has pretty much outdone most of us with this epic awkward 80’s family photo.

The Goldbergs – Season 2. Click photo to enlarge.

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Limited Edition 80’s Glam Sharpie Pens

Check out what I came across while school supply shopping at Walmart with my oldest daughter the other day. Yes! 80’s Glam Sharpie pens!

Of course my daughter thought her dear ‘ole daddy was a bit crazy taking a photo of these colorful beauties. However, she does share my pen collecting fetish and to confirm this, she asked me if we could buy her more pens too. :)

80s-Glam-SharpiesBeing a child of the 80s and lover of all things 80s I couldn’t help but to snap this photo so I could share it with you here on i80s.com.

If you would like to get your hands on 80’s Glam Sharpie pens, check out the carousel below or click on one of the handy links in this post.

New Order, Culture Club and other 80s bands are recording again!

New OrderHere is some exciting news for 80s music fans! Remember the Britpop synth band New Order, who recorded the chart-topping song “Blue Monday“? Well, they are back in the studio getting ready to record their 10th studio album.

If you grew up in the 80s, you will definitely remember hits like “Karma Chameleon“, “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me” and “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya” from the Boy George-fronted ’80s group Culture Club. They are also currently in the studio recording their first album as a band in more than 15 years!

Faith No More, the band behind 1989’s hit “Epic” are back together and in the studio getting ready to release their first full-length album in 18 years. Their album will be available sometime in 2015.

The English synthpop duo Erasure, who saw their biggest hits like “Oh, L’Amour” and “Ship of Fools” reach their peak in the mid to late ’80s are also gearing up to release an album this fall.

If you didn’t grow up in the 80’s, don’t fear… There are also a few ’90s acts that will be dropping albums in 2015. Music artists such as: En Vogue, Counting Crows, Limp Bizkit and Smashing Pumpkins.

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Lead Singer of ’80s Group Survivor Jimi Jamison Dead at 63

Jimi JamisonJimi Jamison, the lead singer of the rock band Survivor, has died, the band announced. Jamison was 63.

“Survivor is very shocked & saddened by the passing of our brother Jimi Jamison,” the band wrote on its Twitter page. “Our thoughts, love & prayers go out to his friends and family.”

According to Wikipedia, Jimi Jamison was born in rural Mississippi on August 23, 1951. Jamison is best known as the longtime frontman of rock bands Cobra and platinum-selling Survivor and as the voice and co-writer of the theme song for Baywatch.

RIP Jami. We are losing too many great talents from the 1980s, including recently Robin Williams (also 63 years of age).

Meshach Taylor of ‘Designing Women’ dead at 67

meshach_taylorIn case you missed this (as we did), CNN reported that actor Meshach Taylor, best known for his Emmy-nominated role as Anthony Bouvier on the CBS sitcom Designing Women (1986) passed away June 28, 2014. He is also known for his portrayal of Hollywood Montrose, a flamboyant window dresser in Mannequin (1987).

Taylor had fought a terminal illness and faded markedly in recent days. His wife, children, grandchildren and mother surrounded him as he passed away.

“It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition,” the family said in a statement.

RIP Meshach. :(


Robert Downey, Jr. tops Forbes’ list of highest paid actors for second year in a row

Robert-Downey-Jr-2014Robert Downey Jr. known for his roles in movies such as Weird Science and Less Than Zero of the 1980s and Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes and the Avengers in recent years has topped Forbe’s annual ranking of the highest paid actors for the second year in a row. Robert Downy Jr. earned an estimated $75 million in the last year.

This is a remarkable feat considering Downey only released one movie over the June 2013 to June 2014 timeline: Jon Favreau’s festival film Chef. So most of Downey’s money comes from the backend of the incredibly successful Iron Man 3—the highest grossing movie of 2013 with a $1.2 billion box office—and a reported pay hike for Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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