A Decade in Movies

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In 1981, VCR sales rose 72% in 12 months. By 1989, 60 percent of American households with televisions received cable service. Huge or memorable movies of the decade included On Golden Pond, Tootsie, Arthur, Stephen Spielberg Movies like E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, The Big Chill, Flashdance, Beverly Hills Cop, Out of Africa, Back to the Future, Cocoon, The Breakfast Club,Platoon,Star Trek, Good Morning Vietnam, Fatal Attraction, Rain Man, and Driving Miss Daisy.
Broadway revivals were important during the 80s. Revival musicals like West Side Story, The Music Man, Anything Goes, Me and My Gal, Brigadoon, Grand Hotel, Gypsy, and The King and I all did well at the box office. Sell-out musicals were ahead for La Cage aux Folles, Sunday in the Park with George, Andrew Lloyd Webber 's mega hits Cats, Starlight Express, Les Miserables, and The Phantom of the Opera. Dramas included M. Butterfly, Joe Turner 's Come and Gone, and Walk in the Woods. In 1980, the American Ballet Theater turned 40 and Mikhail Baryshnikov became director.
TV innovations and trends included anti-family sitcoms like Roseanne and Married...with Children; tabloid tv with Geraldo, Phil, Sally, and Oprah; stand-up comics included Gary Shandling, Jane Curtin, George Carlin, Jackie Mason, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, and Tracy Ullman; info-tainment included Nightline with Ted Koppel, CNN Cable News,and 20/20 with Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters. 60 Minutes which had first aired in 1968 was bigger than ever. It was a media decade with superstars. The decade of the sitcom, here is a list of the top ten TV shows of 1989. Cosby Show | Cheers | Roseanne | A Different World | America 's Funniest Home Videos | Golden Girls | The Wonder Years | Empty Nest | 60 Minutes | Unsolved Mysteries |
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* The Oscars | Everything you about everyone and everything that 's ever won an Oscar * TV Retro | Favorite tv shows from yesteryear, plot summaries,



Links: * Blackwell Museum | Blackwell History of Education website * History of American Education Web Project * ERIC document - Higher Education in the Eighties  | Abstract, order full article from your local library  Books * REF E173.A793 Annals of America Vol. 19, p. 120-124 includes two entries - one on forced busing to achieve educational integration, and the other "Survival of the Catholic Urban School." * REF E174.D52 Dictionary of American History Vol. 2, This multi-volume set has a very good entry under "Education".  * LA11.L8 1972 Our Western Educational Heritage The final long chapter contains history of American educational system.

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