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1980's Flashback: The Ultimate 80's

written by: Hitch
Ronald Reagan was the president, Dallas was on TV, and Duran Duran were on the radio. Put on your Members Only jacket and see how well you handle the decade of the 1980's.

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In December of 1982, Michael Jackson released the smash album Thriller, which sold over 100 million copies and remained #1on the Billboard Charts for over one full year. Which one of these songs is not from Jacko's Thriller album?
Rock With You
Billie Jean
The Girl Is Mine

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Name the television private detective series which aired from 1984-1986 starring Perry King as Cody Allen, Joe Penny as Nick Ryder and Thom Bray as the nerdy Dr. Murray Bozinsky.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

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Which of these 1980's comedy movies did not star Anthony Michael Hall?
National Lampoon's Vacation
Weird Science
Christmas Vacation
Sixteen Candles

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The "Miracle on Ice", which took place in Lake Placid, New York in the 1980 Olympic Winter Games, was considered one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The young amateur U.S. hockey team, led by coach Herb Brooks, defeated the dominant and heavily favored U.S.S.R. team 4-3. It was a great win for the Americans, but it was not the gold medal game. Who did the U.S. hockey team defeat to win the gold medal?

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Question 5:

Which of these significant tragic events was the last to occur during the decade of the 1980's?
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
John Hinckley's assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan
The space shuttle Challenger explosion
The Tiananmen Square Massacre in China

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One cannot think of 80's cinema without John Hughes' movie The Breakfast Club coming to mind. This movie told the story of five students forming bonds with one another while serving Saturday detention for school infractions they committed. Why was John Bender (played by Judd Nelson) in detention?
He pulled a fire alarm.
He taped a student's buttocks together.
He ditched class to get high.
He had nothing better to do on Saturday.

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New Wave music was very popular during the 1980's. Jack Hues, Nick Feldman and Darren Costin originally made up this British new wave group, that released the albums Points on the Curve in 1984 and Mosaic in 1986.
A Flock of Seagulls
Power Station
Duran Duran
Wang Chung

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Back to the Future was the top grossing movie in the U.S. in 1985. In one of the opening scenes, Marty McFly and his band were trying out for the high school talent show. One of the judges rejected their performance claiming that it was "just too darn loud". What famous musician played this prudish judge in the movie?
Billy Idol
Huey Lewis
Phil Collins
Daryl Hall

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Question 9:

The 1985-86 Boston Celtics were on top of the world. There had just won their 16th NBA championship and their super star Larry Bird won the MVP. To make things even better, they drafted a young man in 1986 who was considered by many to be the future of the Celtics. Tragically, this young man died of a cocaine overdose just 48 hours after he was drafted. What was the name of this person whose death shocked the country?
Jimmy Black
Ralph Sampson
Len Bias
Reggie Lewis

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The television show Fame, which was aired on NBC from 1982 to 1987, was an inspirational drama depicting the lives of several students in the New York City High School for the Performing Arts. Which of the following cast members was not a student on the television show Fame?
Bruno Martelli
Lydia Grant
Coco Hernandez
Leroy Johnson

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Question 11:

In the fall of 1982, seven people in the Chicago area died after taking an over-the-counter medication deliberately laced with cyanide. What brand of medication was it?
Bayer Aspirin
Excedrin PM
Extra Strength Tylenol

Question 12:

Which television sitcom was not originally on the air at some time during the 1980's?
Too Close for Comfort
Good Times
Silver Spoons
Family Ties

Question 13:

This 1980's rap group trio brought rap into the mainstream with the 1986 rap-rock hit Walk This Way, a collaborative effort with the rock band Aerosmith.
The Beastie Boys
The Boogie Boys

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Which of the following statements concerning the 1982 classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High is not true?
Nancy Wilson, the wife of Cameron Crowe and member of the band Heart, made a cameo appearance in the movie.
The director had to alter one of scenes involving a conversation between Linda and Stacy to avoid getting an "X" rating for the movie.
The opening song for the movie was Call Me by Blondie.
It was the first movie for actor Nicolas Cage, a seventeen year old still going by the name Nicolas Coppola.

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The Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 to separate West Berlin and East Germany. Its construction was approved by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Who was the leader of the Soviet Union when the Berlin Wall was dismantled in 1989?
Leonid Brezhnev
Konstantin Chernenko
Mikhail Gorbachev
Yuri Andropov

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In 1981, Nintendo developed a video arcade game which featured a giant ape as the villain. The ape would try to stop Mario, the game's hero, from reaching and rescuing the damsel in distress by rolling wooden barrels at him. What was the name of this arcade game?
Donkey Kong
Kong vs. Mario
Grape Ape
Super Mario Bros.

Question 17:

This popular music variety show was hosted by music stars such as Rick Dees, Marilyn McCoo and Dionne Warwick and was "putting music in our souls" during the 1980's. It also featured a countdown of the top ten pop songs of the week using a group of dancers performing routines to the music.  (place mouse pointer over ? icon to view hints or answer requirements)

Question 18:

The Detroit Tigers defeated the San Diego Padres in the 1984 World Series. The Tigers clinched the series in game 5 when Kirk Gibson hit a three-run homerun off of this famous closer (pitcher).
Donnie Moore
Goose Gossage
Steve Bedrosian
Bruce Sutter

Question 19:

This NFL team established their dominance in the 1980's, winning three Super Bowls during the decade.
Pittsburgh Steelers
Washington Redskins
San Francisco 49ers
Green Bay Packers

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In 1984, the movie Purple Rain hit the theaters. Its soundtrack sold over 13 million copies in the U.S. and remained #1 on the Billboard chart for 24 straight weeks. Prince wrote and sang most of the songs from the soundtrack, but the songs The Bird and Jungle Love were not performed by Prince. Who performed these songs?
Duran Duran
Apollonia 6
The Sugar Hill Gang
The Time

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In 1981, a popular Saturday morning cartoon known as The Smurfs hit the U.S. television airwaves. It featured tiny blue friendly creatures that lived in mushroom houses deep in the forest. What was the name of the Smurfs' human enemy who was constantly trying to hunt and destroy them.

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