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1989… It Doesn’t Seem Like 25 Years!

OK– now you've got me feeling nostalgic. Just for fun, I did a bit of research to see what was going on at the same time I was planning to start Chestnut. As I read, I was amazed at how some of these things occurred 25 years ago, but seem to have happened not but a few years ago. So, not wanting to feel (ahem) older, I thought I would share what I found with you...OK– NOW

  • George Herbert Walker Bush was inaugurated as the 41st President of the United States
  • San Francisco earthquake measures 7.1: killed 67 and over 100,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed
  • Oakland Athletics won the World Series
  • Cost of a Superbowl ad: $675,000 (now in the multi millions)
  • Driving Miss Daisy wins the Oscar for best film
  • The most popular TV shows: The Cosby Show, Roseanne, Cheers, A Different World, and The Golden Girls
  • Most popular singers? Madonna, Poison, Phil Collins, Paula Abdul, Mike and the Mechanics
  • Movies: Coming to America, Ghostbusters 2, Back to the Future, Part 2, The Little Mermaid (She’s now in a nursing home)
  • The cost of an average home nationwide was $120,000
  • Unleaded gas was $1.12 a gallon
  • And the cost to mail a letter was .25 cents.


Certainly, times have changed – 25 years is a long time unless you're a tortoise. Our children have grown, perhaps we've joined the Grandparents Club, and we've gotten a bit older and far wiser. The amount of wisdom we have amassed is superior to any hard drive on yourcomputer, and it's up to you to share it and teach it to the younger set. Sadly, when we are gone, it all goes with us. So, sit someone down and tell them what it was like "in the day:" you just may find a new line of communication with someone you love.

NOTABLE QUOTES OF 1989 (this is a test):

  1. "If you build it, he will come"
  2. "It keeps going, and going, and going"
  3. "Eat my shorts"
  4. "I'll have what she’s having!"
  5. "This is your brain. This is your brain on drugs. Any questions?"



  1. Movie: "Field of Dreams"
  2. TV Commercial: Eveready Batteries
  3. Quote: Bart Simpson, “The Simpsons”
  4. Movie: "Sleepless in Seattle"
  5. TV Commercial: Partnership for a Drug-Free America



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