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Subject: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: cinnabon on 10/06/07 at 9:54 am

It's hard to believe that many of the innovations that we may now take for granted in our everyday lives are only about 20-25 years old approximately. I listed the ones I could think of off the top of my head that I felt made the most significant impact, but maybe the rest of you can think of some others as well.

My two top picks off this list would be the CD/CD player - it still amazes me how you can easily you can listen to a compact disc and quickly press a button to skip over any songs you don't like; I also vote for my laptop as I spend countless hours on this thing surfing the net, sending e-mails, listening to music and playing games.  8)

I considered adding the VCR to the poll, although that might seem a bit dated now in the age of DVD's, but it was nice back in the day when you could use it to tape your favorite TV show to watch anytime you wanted.  :)


Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: snozberries on 10/06/07 at 11:57 am

I picked post-its and nintendo but now I want to change my post its to other VCR. 

I don't even remember them having laptops in the 80s.

As for Cell phones, although the concept of car phones on chuck's chicks was a really cool idea (1977-81) actual cell phones were so freakin' huge they never seemed functional. I was a 22/23 by the time we entered the 90s so I couldn't have gotten a cell phone in the 80s anyway. It wasn't something teenagers had then only business folks who wanted to look important. 

You also could have included beepers/pagers those were more prevalent than cell phones.

I got my first VCR in 1982/83 it was a present for my 14th b-day but it sat in the living room for all of us to use. I got first cd player in 86 while I couldn't live without a VCR I could live without a CD player. I had hundreds of records & hundreds of cassettes and like 10 cds. I was buying cassettes into the mid/late 90s because my car stereo had a cassette player. I still have about half my record collection (there are some I just can't let go of) even tho I don't listen to them anymore.  Now I have 500+ cds and about 10 cassettes LOL.


Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/06/07 at 12:45 pm

I was not just the Lap Top that was invented during the 1980s, but it was the development of the computer as we know it today, thanks to IBM, Microsoft and Apple.

Another significant invention, the hepatitis-B vaccine,  invented in 1980.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: Brigitte on 10/06/07 at 2:11 pm

The disposable camera too!

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: coqueta83 on 10/06/07 at 7:06 pm

CD's and CD players get my vote. I think I have first seen some laptops towards the late 80's.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: JohnDoe on 10/07/07 at 4:10 am

Why on earth is the "Playstation" on the poll?  That didn't come out until 1995.  You should have just said "Video Game System" (Referring to either Atari or Nintendo)

Off the top of my head though, I would have to choose the "CD Player".  Even though it's pretty much obsolete as of 2007 with the popularity of the iPod and all that, it was still an incredible thing to have throughout the 90's when the only alternative really was cassette.

But of course Video Gaming as well. I can't live without Video Games and Music  :)

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: GoodRedShirt on 10/07/07 at 4:42 am



Off the top of my head though, I would have to choose the "CD Player".  Even though it's pretty much obsolete as of 2007 with the popularity of the iPod and all that,
I'm gonna make a new thread.

But I picked: CD's/CD Players & Laptop computers. Basically computers in general, even though they were invented way before the 80s.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: whistledog on 10/07/07 at 10:02 am

CDs were invented in 1979, but were not introduced to the market until 1983

I picked other because I cannot choose.  So many great inventions

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/07/07 at 10:04 am

How about the soft bifocal contact lens invented 1983?

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: xSiouXBoIx on 10/07/07 at 2:46 pm

leg warmers.

but CD's, seriously.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: NbC on 10/08/07 at 12:04 am

CD's and Computers 

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: HawkTheSlayer on 10/08/07 at 12:32 am

I have a dated-yet-charming entry:

The Trapper Keeper.

This innovation marked the beginning of more advanced bookkeeping for High Schoolers and College students everywhere!

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: robby76 on 10/08/07 at 9:37 am

CDs... the happy medium between LPs and cassettes. I loved how the cd art was large but not too large. I hope cds stick around for decades to come. Downloads are the most boring form of buying music.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: Timm on 10/08/07 at 12:17 pm

Cordless phones came out in the early 80's.

Does anyone still have a corded phone as their primary phone in their house anymore?

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: JamieMcBain on 10/08/07 at 12:28 pm

Post it Notes, my life would be lost without them!

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: Philip Eno on 10/08/07 at 12:46 pm


Post it Notes, my life would be lost without them!
Never use them now.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 10/08/07 at 1:52 pm


Cordless phones came out in the early 80's.

Does anyone still have a corded phone as their primary phone in their house anymore?


We have one at my mom's house. It's not the real old kind, but fairly new. I actually like the corded phones better. I don't like the fact that people can tap into conversations with cordless phones, plus they get a lot of static a lot of times.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: snozberries on 10/08/07 at 2:25 pm


We have one at my mom's house. It's not the real old kind, but fairly new. I actually like the corded phones better. I don't like the fact that people can tap into conversations with cordless phones, plus they get a lot of static a lot of times.


I have one that I would use whenever there was a power failure but now I have vonage so now my phone is always down when the power is out.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 10/08/07 at 4:14 pm


I have one that I would use whenever there was a power failure but now I have vonage so now my phone is always down when the power is out.


Yes, that is one good thing about corded phones - when the power is out they still work.  :)

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: coqueta83 on 10/08/07 at 7:47 pm


I have a dated-yet-charming entry:

The Trapper Keeper.

This innovation marked the beginning of more advanced bookkeeping for High Schoolers and College students everywhere!


That's right! I remember Trapper Keepers! I used to carry a blue one in elementary school and I loved it.  :) :D

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 10/09/07 at 2:03 pm


That's right! I remember Trapper Keepers! I used to carry a blue one in elementary school and I loved it.  :) :D


I had a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper - still have it!

Subject: h

Written By: tetratron on 10/12/07 at 10:38 am

:-X

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: coqueta83 on 10/12/07 at 7:35 pm


I had a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper - still have it!


I had a couple of Lisa Frank trapper keepers in junior high!  :D

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: zcrito on 10/14/07 at 3:04 pm

Other.
I don't know why but I submit "Cinnabon".

From their web site:
Cinnabon® is the world-wide leader in the cinnamon roll bakery category. Founded in Seattle, Washington in 1985, Cinnabon opened its first bakery on December 4, 1985 at Sea Tac Mall.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: Dude111 on 10/15/07 at 5:24 pm

Commodore 64!!!!!!

The 80s were the BEST :)

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 10/15/07 at 5:50 pm


I had a couple of Lisa Frank trapper keepers in junior high!  :D


Yeah, we may have the same ones, lol  :) I got mine in 5th grade, late 1992. I have it still, with my old drawings of Beauty and the Beast, Ren and Stimpy, etc. I'm glad I never threw it out.

Subject: Re: Best Invention of the 1980's

Written By: Dagwood on 10/15/07 at 5:59 pm

Cd's and cd players

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