In 1979 I graduated from Apple Valley Senior High School in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  There were a whole lot of fantastic people in that class and many of us still keep in touch 35 years later.

As we gather this weekend to celebrate together, I think back on the year 1979 and smile.  Here are few fun facts about 1979 – enjoy…

  • We may have seen you walking while listening to tapes on your Sony Walkman and wearing a LaCoste preppy shirt with the famous alligator on the left side. Walkmans cost $200.
  • The number one song playing during the week we graduated was “Reunited” by Peaches and Herb.
  • The most popular sitcom was “Three’s Company”.
  • The Oscar winner for best film was “Kramer vs. Kramer”
  • Victoria’s Secret was born.
  • Nickelodeon TV Cable Network was started.
  • Sid Vicious of Sex Pistols fame died of a heroin overdose.
  • Brook Shields let us know that “nothing comes between me and my Calvins”.
  • The most popular beauties of the day were Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers, Lynda Carter, Catherine Bach, Cheryl Tiegs, Iman, Christie Brinkley.
  • Disco Fever was on tv and Denny Terrio taught us how to disco.
  • The Village People encourage us to be “In The Navy”. They were also sued that year by the YMCA for using their name in another song you may have heard a time or two.
  • If you were so inclined, you could buy a Mr. Microphone from Ronco.
  • We all learned, sadly, about Three Mile Island.
  • Betamax – need I say more?
  • You could have your very own Tandy TRS-80 Personal Computer for just $9,980.00.
  • A few brave souls were caught bungee jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Median Household Income was $16,500.00.
  • An average home cost $71,000.00
  • Gasoline was $0.86 per gallon.
  • A king sized bean bag chair was $19.99.
  • A JVS VHS recording machine was $54.99.

Lots of fun and silly facts that might make you chuckle and remember how it was back in the day.

Looking forward to seeing those who I haven’t seen for many years – hoping all are doing well and remembering those who are no longer able to be with us.

79…79…7,7,7,7…79!  Go Eagles!!

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