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80’s New Wave band A Flock of Seagulls’ van recovered, but gear is gone

Mike Score of A Flock of SeagullsSeems that the eighties band A Flock of Seagulls‘ is in a bit of a jam. The band’s leader, Mike Score tells CNN “The van itself was found, but all the gear was taken. The van was empty.” Investigators are searching for fingerprints and other clues on the vehicle.

The good news is: “The word, though, is out and we have lots of other band members scouring eBay and Craigslist for signs of the equipment,” Score said. Southern California guitar stores have lists of the stolen gear in case someone tries to fence it there, he said.

Score told reporters that he is anxious about a hard drive that was in the van, since it contained songs from his upcoming solo album. The music “was just about ready to go” when it disappeared with the van, he said.

A reorganized version of the 1980s English New Wave band has been playing gigs with co-founder Score as the only original member. Their biggest hit was “I Ran (So Far Away)” in 1982.

Photo of Mike Score courtesy of CNN News.

On this day: June 1, 1980 – CNN (Cable News Network) Launches

CNN LogoOn this day in 1980, CNN (Cable News Network), the world’s first 24-hour television news network, makes its debut. The network signed on at 6 p.m. EST from its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, with a lead story about the attempted assassination of civil rights leader Vernon Jordan. CNN went on to change the notion that news could only be reported at fixed times throughout the day. At the time of CNN’s launch, TV news was dominated by three major networks–ABC, CBS and NBC–and their nightly 30-minute broadcasts. Initially available in less than two million U.S. homes, today CNN is seen in more than 89 million American households and over 160 million homes internationally.

CNN was the brainchild of Robert “Ted” Turner, a colorful, outspoken businessman dubbed the “Mouth of the South.” Turner was born on November 19, 1938, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as a child moved with his family to Georgia, where his father ran a successful billboard advertising company. After his father committed suicide in 1963, Turner took over the business and expanded it. In 1970, he bought a failing Atlanta TV station that broadcast old movies and network reruns and within a few years Turner had transformed it into a “superstation,” a concept he pioneered, in which the station was beamed by satellite into homes across the country. Turner later bought the Atlanta Braves baseball team and the Atlanta Hawks basketball team and aired their games on his network, TBS (Turner Broadcasting System). In 1977, Turner gained international fame when he sailed his yacht to victory in the prestigious America’s Cup race.

In its first years of operation, CNN lost money and was ridiculed as the Chicken Noodle Network. However, Turner continued to invest in building up the network’s news bureaus around the world and in 1983, he bought Satellite News Channel, owned in part by ABC, and thereby eliminated CNN’s main competitor. CNN eventually came to be known for covering live events around the world as they happened, often beating the major networks to the punch. The network gained significant traction with its live coverage of the Persian Gulf War in 1991 and the network’s audience grew along with the increasing popularity of cable television during the 1990s.

In 1996, CNN merged with Time Warner, which merged with America Online four years later. Today, Ted Turner is an environmentalist and peace activist whose philanthropic efforts include a 1997 gift of $1 billion to the United Nations.

Resources: History.com

Catch up on your 80’s news with a few eighties inspired articles around the web

’80s sitcom actor Rick Schroder, family man

Ricky Schroder stole our hearts in the ’80s TV sitcom “Silver Spoons” as the rich kid we all loved. Now 40, Rick has outgrown the child star persona — and the “y” — and appeared in shows such as “NYPD Blue,” “Lonesome Dove” and “24.” Rick is also a dedicated family man, having been married to Andrea for 20 years. Together, they have four kids: Holden, 18, Luke, 17, Cambrie, 13, and Faith Anne, 9. Rick opened up about his personal evolution, Holden’s traumatic head injury, the nonstop cooking and cleaning it takes to raise four kids, and their one-year adventure in Spain. Continue reading →

Published by Jenny Schafer, McClatchy-Tribune



Nadine Coyle ‘didn’t intend ’80s sound’

Nadine Coyle has insisted that she didn’t mean to create an ’80s sound on her new album Insatiable.

The singer said that she was not influenced by music from the decade and put the comparisons down to the record’s “live” sound.

“I didn’t pick the ’80s at all. I was born in the ’80s, so it’s not a particular time that I even remember well!” she told Bang Showbiz. Continue reading →

Published by Robert Copsey, Music Reporter – Digital Spy



The Frisky’s take on writing six 80’s Movie Sequels via ABC News

Wall Street 2,” the sequel to the ’80s tome about unfettered greed, “Wall Street,” opens this weekend. I never saw the first “Wall Street”—I was in elementary school when it came out and still think a hedge fund is money you save to buy new shrubbery—so I’ll probably skip “Wall Street 2.” But! There are a bunch of movie sequels we Frisky gals would love to make a reality. And it’s just a matter of time before some uncreative studio jumps on these sure-to-be-hit film ideas! Movie moguls, call us!

“The Breakfast Club”
In this sequel to 1985’s “The Breakfast Club,” titled “The Brunch Club,” we catch up with the five lovable misfits who starred in the original. Nerd Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) is now unhappily married to Claire (Molly Ringwald) and is an internet kazillionaire. Misfit Allison (Ally Sheedy) and John (Judd Hirsch) are recently divorced. The two couples reunite upon finding out that their jock “Breakfast Club” buddy Andrew (Emilio Estevez) has fallen on hard times after not getting his college football scholarship. Continue reading →

Published by Julie Gerstein – The Frisky


‘Greed Is Good’ and the 80 Greatest Quotes About Money from ’80s Movies

This week, moviegoers are being reintroduced to Gordon Gekko, the (hated? beloved?) villain of Oliver Stone’s 1987 film “Wall Street.” In the sequel, “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” there are sure to be attempts at topping the brilliant, much-quoted lines of the original. In the trailer, Mr. Gekko (Michael Douglas) says, “Someone reminded me I once said, ‘Greed is good.’ Now it seems it’s legal.” Continue reading →

Published by Brad Tuttle – TIME partnered with CNN


‘Secretariat’ star Diane Lane is ‘a little fuzzy’ about ’80s relationship with Jon Bon Jovi

You can ask Diane Lane about her relationship with Jon Bon Jovi. Just don’t expect her to remember anything.

The thoroughly beautiful actress, who stars in the upcoming film “Secretariat,” says she’s “a little fuzzy” about recently published reports that her ’80s relationship with the Jersey rocker fell apart when Bon Jovi caught her frolicking with his guitarist Richie Sambora. Continue reading →

Published by Gatecrasher with Frank DiGiacomo via the New York Daily News


Got 80’s EE Bonds? Time to cash ’em in!

The Series EE U.S. savings bond turns 30 this year.

And any EE bonds issued in 1980 will stop earning interest this year — in the month they turn 30 to be exact.

If you own any such bonds, you can calculate their current value using a tool on TreasuryDirect.gov. You’ll need the bond series, denomination, serial number and issue date. Continue reading →

Published by Emily Glazer – Wall Street Journal


Brooke Shields Can Still Wear Her ’80s Calvins!

Brooke Shields says she can still fit into the Calvins she wore in the Eighties!

The model and actress, 45, managed to get herself into the iconic jeans that she wore at age 15 in the iconic ads.

“They didn’t look pretty,” she admitted, “but they fit. Continue reading →

Published by ShowbizSpy