The word “RETRO” is French for rétrospectif (retrospective). Merriam-Webster.com defines the word as “relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past, as in a retro look.” It word was first used in
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Where Were You?
For a look back, here are some of the headlines of the 1980’s.
The Marriage of the Decade – In 1981, the royal wedding took place at Buckingham Palace in London, England. Prince Charles married a kindergarten teacher named Diana Spencer. This woman was very lucky to have all of those people watching her get married. It was an unbelievable sight at the palace. The queen had a new daughter-in-law, Princess Diana.
The First Woman In Supreme Court – July 7, 1981, President Ronald Reagan nominated Sandra Day O’ Connor for the U.S. Supreme Court.
A Whale of a Tale – In 1988, pilots flying over the Arctic spotted two whales trapped inside the ice. They made great effort to set the poor whales free. In their great effort they managed to set one of them free. Needless to say, the other whale died in the massive clump of ice.
Phenomenal Planet Photos – In July of 1981 the spaceship, Voyager 2, blasted off. It managed to capture the true beauty of Saturn’s rings. The pictures came back to the station and everyone was amazed. Later new pictures came back. They were of Neptune, and what great pictures they were!
“At First Flight”- A very interesting thing happened within the year of 1981. A solar plane took flight in the wild blue yonder. It’s harder than you think to fly a solar powered plane. You have to make sure you are in good sight of the sun. If a cloud passes over the sun for a instant, your plane will be hitting the ground before you can say, “Kalamazoo.” Well anyway a man challenged himself to fly one. He ended up flying for 5 hours and 22 minutes.
The Major League strike- In June, 1981, all major league baseball players went on strike. No games were played until August 1, 1981.
The “Big Shot” of the NBA- We all know that Michael Jordan is one of the best players in the history of basketball. Big surprise, in both 1988 and 1987 Michael Jordan was the NBA basket scoring leader. He also averaged the most points out of any player in the whole league. You thought he was great, well now you see he is even greater than you expected.
It’s a bird, a plane; no it’s Flo Jo! – During the Summer Olympics millions of viewers watched as Florence Joyner, Flo Jo, speeded across the finish line. She set a world record of 10:49 seconds in the 100 meter dash!
The First 3-D Puzzle- In 1981, Erno Rubik invented a difficult puzzle. It was a cube made of 26 small colors that rotated. The point was to unscramble the small colors until each of the sides were the same colors. By July, 1981, over 10 million were sold.
“Moon Walker”- In 1984, Michael Jackson received a Grammy. As he walked out he made a wonderful, thank you speech. He made a lot of people happy while making his speech.
Be careful, though. Don’t look back too long, as the world’s moving faster than ever before and you’ll need all your attention to keep up, and lead the pack!