The 1980s

The beginning of technology and globalization
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The birth of the Millennial generation. Reagan, Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher. The end of the Cold War. The fall of the Berlin Wall. The Internet. Terrorist attacks in Beirut, Lockerbie, Scotland, Rome, Vienna, and El Salvador. Mt St Helen erupted and California experienced a 6.9 quake. The space shuttle Challenger blew up on take-off. The Exxon Valdez ran aground in Alaska, spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil . . . the list goes on and on. This was a tumultuous decade, foreshadowing many events of the coming years.
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Jerry Nelson was the puppeteer behind many of the famous puppets from the 1980's. Nelson played 'Count von Count' (aka the 'Count' seen here) on Sesame Street from the 1970's through his retirement in 2004, but also was the first to perform Mr. Snuffleupagus. Other roles include Gobo Fraggle (my personal favorite) and Marjory the Trash Heap from Fraggle Rock, and multiple characters from the Muppets including Sgt. Floyd Pepper of the Electric Mayhem band, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Kermit's nephew Robin, and Gonzo's girlfriend Camilla the Chicken. Mr. Nelson had a gift with puppets that helped shape generations of viewers. He learned to puppeteer under Bill Baird, the creator of the "Lonely Goatherd" marionette scene in The Sound of Music. Jerry was born on July 10th 1934 in Tulsa Oklahoma and died August 23rd, 2012.
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Jul 10, 1934 - Aug 23, 2012
On June 12, 1987, President Reagan, during a visit to the divided German city of Berlin, publicly challenged Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev to tear down the wall. Reagan said, "Secretary General Gorbachev, if you seek peace--if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe--if you seek liberalization: come here, to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall." 29 months later, Gorbachev allowed Berliners to destroy the wall. On September 12, 1990, former President Reagan took a few symbolic hammer swings of the remnant Berlin Wall. Gorbachev, who had been in office since 1985, stepped down from his post as Soviet leader in 1991. Reagan, who served two terms as president, from 1981 to 1989, died on June 5, 2004, at age 93.
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Mar 2, 1931 - Unknown
A photo of William Shatner dressed as a police man in the 1980's television show T.J. Hooker.
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Mar 22, 1931 - Unknown
Added Nov 3, 2011 by: Ancient Faces
Ancient Faces
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This photo was published in the days following Paul's accident. His age and address as described were incorrect -- he was 22 at the time, and lived in New Haven.
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Jun 29, 1958 - Apr 25, 1981
1982 Franklin High School yearbook photo of Princess Gray from Seattle Washington.
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Apr 12, 1965 - Apr 23, 2011
This is a photo of Velda (Murphy) Tizzard added by Rand Bookman on September 22, 2020.
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Jan 10, 1924 - Mar 31, 2016
Added Sep 22 by: Rand Bookman
Rand Bookman
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This is a photo of Alfred D Wright added by Carrie Wright on September 21, 2020.
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Jan 18, 1922 - Sep 24, 1990
Added Sep 21 by: Carrie Wright
Carrie Wright
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On our wedding day in 1988 at McCulley Commons in Presque Isle, Maine
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Mar 8, 1932 - Oct 5, 1995
Added Sep 21 by: Ethelle Lord
Ethelle Lord
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This is a photo of Rhona (Smart) Egerton and Jill Smart added by Stesha Smart on September 20, 2020.
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Aug 22, 1951 - August 1987
Added Sep 20 by: Stesha Smart
Stesha Smart
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A photo of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 1980, when President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the US Court of Appeals.
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Mar 15, 1933 - Sep 18, 2020
Added Sep 19 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Ernie Stawnychka with the Munster Family. Photo taken in Hamilton ON in 1988. added by Jeffery Hill on September 18, 2020.
Added Sep 18 by: Jeffery Hill
Jeffery Hill
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The 1989 Princeton High School yearbook photo of Keisha Hogan.
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Jan 16, 1973 - Apr 24, 2007
Added Sep 16 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
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The 1998 Granbury High School yearbook photo of Morgan Francis
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Jul 12, 1982 - Unknown
This is a photo of Ernestt Frederick Couch - Born Loughlin added by Shane Couch on September 14, 2020.
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1913 - May 5, 1990
Added Sep 14 by: Shane Couch
Shane Couch
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This is a photo of John Gesing added by Sherry Gesing on September 14, 2020.
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c. Oct 6, 1954 - September 1986
Added Sep 14 by: Sherry Gesing
Sherry Gesing
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On Mother's Day sometime in the 1980s, my Grandmother and Mother and I drove to Northeast, PA and had dinner at Bova's Italian Restaurant. On the way back to town, we visited Erie Cemetery to see the azalea and rhododendron garden. Lucky us, a friendly gray-striped kitty cat joined our picture taking group. A passerby took this picture of three generations. Each of us had different spaghetti sauce recipes and it could be a bit difficult sometimes navigating generational and personality differences. Nevertheless, love always triumphs and among the three here was love aplenty!
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Jan 18, 1909 - Mar 1, 1988
Added Sep 13 by: Holly A Villella
Holly A Villella
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1983 Freeport High School Girls' Junior Varsity Basketball team. Front row: Shirley Harkins, Joann Reilly, Christine Bivona, Anna Rodriguez, Nancy McManus, Fayette Reid. Second row: Kathy Tiedemann, Melissa Harris, Rolanda Jones, Vanessa Cook, Vikki Price, Sharon Cole, Sherrie Soloman.
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Jan 26, 1968 - Nov 9, 1998
1986 Freeport High School yearbook photo of Vanessa Cook.
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Jan 26, 1968 - Nov 9, 1998
Roger Dale Jayne with daughter Tricia Eileen Jayne she was probably 2 in this photo so maybe 1980 This is a photo of Roger Dale Jayne added by Chasity Conley on September 13, 2020.
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Dec 25, 1959 - Sep 14, 2001
Added Sep 13 by: Chasity Conley
Chasity Conley
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Pam and Roger with Nicholas and Tricia 1982 maybe 1981 This is a photo of Roger Dale Jayne added by Chasity Conley on September 13, 2020.
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Dec 25, 1959 - Sep 14, 2001
Added Sep 13 by: Chasity Conley
Chasity Conley
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They named a park after him too.
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Dec 28, 1915 - Jul 27, 1980
Added Sep 13 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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Michael Jackson around the prime of his career with E.T. from the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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Aug 29, 1958 - Jun 25, 2009
Young Warwick Davis as Wicket in Return of the Jedi
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Feb 3, 1970 - Unknown
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia and Tracy Eddon (stunt double) sunbathing on the set of Return of the Jedi
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Oct 1, 1956 - Dec 27, 2016
The 1980 Abington Heights High School Boys Tennis Team. Front (left to right): Eric Conrad, Matt Keever, Eric Axford, Dave Beemer, Doug Keever, Bill Dine. Back (left to right): Coach Thomas Brogan, Mike Nosal, Drew Taylor, Harry Hollenburg, Eric Spatt, and Tyler Morgan.
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Sep 12, 1963 - Sep 7, 2006
This is a photo of Grandpa Mike Rekush (born Rakush) with his grandsons. Photo taken at Van Wagners Beach in Hamilton ON in 1981. added by Jeffery Hill on September 5, 2020.
Added Sep 5 by: Jeffery Hill
Jeffery Hill
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A 1980 newspaper photo of baby Richard Gamboa, son of Bonnie and Richard, who was kidnapped.
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Nov 7, 1955 - c. Sep 25, 1980
Added Sep 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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A photo from the San Francisco Examiner of murder victim Bonnie Gamboa.
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Nov 7, 1955 - c. Sep 25, 1980
Added Sep 3 by: Kathy Pinna
Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Avie Tate added by Rickey Tate on September 2, 2020.
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Dec 25, 1899 - June 1982
Added Sep 2 by: Rickey Tate
Rickey Tate
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Charles Edward Burns also known as as Charlie Burns... my uncle Charlie...
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1951 - Jul 5, 2008
Photo was taken just a month before Charlotte's passing in August 1984.
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Aug 24, 1911 - Oct 21, 1986
Added Sep 1 by: Kathleen Whelan
Kathleen Whelan
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This is a photo of Dorwin Stoddert added by Joel Stoddert on August 27, 2020.
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Jul 1, 1937 - Feb 5, 1987
Added Aug 27 by: Joel Stoddert
Joel Stoddert
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The promotional poster for HALYX which performed at Disneyland in Anaheim California for the summer of 1981. Lora Mumford was the lead singer of Halyx which blended science-fiction and rock and roll (inspired from KISS and Star Wars) and performed in Tomorrowland on the stage of Space Mountain during one summer.
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Sep 8, 1954 - Jul 10, 2011
Added Aug 26 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
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Yearbook photo of Cheryl Starsiak
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Dec 19, 1970 - Nov 20, 2005
Added Aug 26 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
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This is a photo of Richard P Baughan added by Billie Leveillee on August 26, 2020.
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Feb 17, 1944 - Jul 26, 1998
This is a photo of Anderson Hix added by Eddie Hix on August 23, 2020.
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Jan 14, 1909 - September 1982
Added Aug 23 by: Eddie Hix
Eddie Hix
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This is a photo of John P Acampora and Joan Mary Desrosiers added by Joan Desrosiers on August 22, 2020.
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Jul 2, 1960 - Unknown
Added Aug 22 by: Joan Desrosiers
Joan Desrosiers
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This is a photo of Luisa Faulha added by Leslie Vicente on August 22, 2020.
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Jan 25, 1966 - Aug 15, 1995
This is a photo of Bonnie S Lynch added by Mistie Stafford on August 21, 2020.
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Jun 29, 1955 - Jun 3, 1989
Added Aug 21 by: Mistie Stafford
Mistie Stafford
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This is a photo of Shawn Jeremy Loescher added by Jessica Loescher on August 21, 2020.
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Feb 19, 1985 - Sep 5, 2008
Added Aug 21 by: Jessica Loescher
Jessica Loescher
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This is a photo of Harrell J Doty added by Renee Bev on August 20, 2020.
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Apr 17, 1928 - Nov 19, 2005
Added Aug 20 by: Renee Bev
Renee Bev
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Steve Randisi with Mae Clarke. 1988.
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Aug 16, 1910 - Apr 29, 1992
Added Aug 16 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Ruth (Hammerstein) Bookman added by Rand Bookman on August 14, 2020.
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Feb 27, 1928 - Sep 5, 1985
Added Aug 14 by: Rand Bookman
Rand Bookman
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