Last time I blogged about my life in 1980. Let’s hop into the Time Machine and travel back to 1990.
1990- There was a sense of NEWness in 1990. Whereas the 1980′s had a dark and gritty edge, it was still the last decade of popular American traditions. 1990 represented the end of the old, and the birth of new fast paced styles. The age of short attention spans was here. Generation X is in its prime here. LONG LIVE KURT KOBAIN!
No more smoking on airplanes.
Hollywood and novels were not getting that the Cold War was over. Saddam Hussein was seen as the 1990 version of Adolf Hitler, and a threat to the world.
Everyone knew about AIDS, and there panic. Same with CRACK.
Welcome to Windows 3.0. PCs had penetrated more households, but buying an IBM computer was still expensive. CDs were around in the computers and entertainment industries, but floppy disks were still the main way to store data for me. PC games are very deep and advanced, and light years ahead of the old games. No matter what you may read in text books and websites about the birth of the WWW, online activity was rare and limited to Bulletin Board Systems, library networks, universities, and primitive AOL services, CompuServe e-mail, and Prodigy. Sorry to burst your bubble. In 1990, it was considered a rising niche limited by your phone line, computer processor, and memory. My computer monitor said “energy saver” but it was so big and hot, I didn’t believe it.
Video game wars: some of the best video games were around Sega Genesis vs Nintendo vs Neo Geo vs Turbo Grafix 16. Arcades had advanced games. NES was the king of them all due to household penetration and fun.
I had push-button land-line telephones. It was too expensive to call the operator anymore.
In addition to regular mail, UPS and Fed-Ex were cool to send important packages, but expensive. There was no online tracking.
Thanks to cable there were so many channels to choose from, with good late night programming. Some shows were pretty racy. MTV and VHI were the music channels, which had already taken away the exclusivity of radio hits for quite some time. Indeed, watching new songs had become commonplace.
I used my VCR almost every day, watching movies and taping TV shows.
Music CDs were coming on strong, although they were so expensive. I still used my tape recorder and cassettes.
It became harder to get away with crimes, due to more video cameras and DNA evidence already being used in courts. Not that crime rate went down.
Digital cameras were still out of my price range ($13,000). Still had an old Polaroid.
Beepers/pages were all over and were worn on people’s belts. Even poor people had beepers.
The New York Yankees sucked. The New York Mets were still good. Ric Flair was the NWA champion, but it looked like Sting and Lex Luger were the future kingpins. Hulkamania was dead after the Ultimate Warrior pinned Hulk Hogan clean to end his first and greatest title reign. Comic book fans know what I mean when I say JLI still ruled!
Bosses on TV and movies (and I guess in real life) were not only old white guys. They could be women, black, and they could be very funny and mean all the time. Their office doors were open. I still don’t know what they did all day, though.