Last Tuesday I had to have some blood drawn. While I was sitting in the waiting room, I glanced through the magazine selection, and the only one I found even remotely interesting was an issue of some news magazine. I picked it up and noticed that one of the headlines on front read "Preparing for the Olympics." Since we just had the Olympics here in February, I assumed it was an issue from early this year, so I looked at the date:
September 19, 1988.
I was shocked! This magazine was almost 22 years old and still in great shape. I began looking through it and one of the first things I saw made me laugh out loud. It was a two-page ad for Sony. One page featured a robotic woman with blond hair standing beside the Wheel of Fortune letter board. The caption underneath read World's Longest-Running Game Show, 2012 A.D. Now that tickled me: a robotic Vanna White in 2012. The next page was just as funny. It showed a huge VCR, and the caption here read The Tape You'll Record It On, 2012 A.D. Sony. This was the latest and greatest in 1988. Huge VCR and video tapes. And Vanna would be robotic in 2012, but we'd still be using video tapes to record tv shows.
So I began looking in earnest at the ads in this magazine and wrote down what I found . . .
- Toyota Tercel
- Subaru Justy - $5,866
- Dodge Colt - $6,477
- Brother All-in-One word processor
- 70,000 word dictionary (built in!)
- 64,000 character memory
- One-piece portability w/carrying handle
- Detachable keyboard
- Cigarette ads were still allowed
- So were liquor ads (are they now?)
The Democratic candidates were Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen. They were the media darlings. Of course.
Oh, The Olympics mentioned on the front cover? The 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. I can't remember why they were preparing for them in September, unless the reports were looking back at the preparations earlier in the summer. Some of the stars of the Olympics that year were Florence Griffith Joyner (aka Flo-Jo), Ben Johnson, and Greg Louganis.
In my personal life, I was 23 years old, married for almost 4 years, and expecting my first baby in December. We had a little dog named Champ, and we lived in Rapid City, SD, where Wes was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. I was babysitting two children of families in our church for extra income. That September we took a trip to SC for my sister's wedding, and we brought back my Granny to stay with us till the baby was born.
What were you doing in September, 1988? Do you remember anything special about that year?