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970853_567406076624709_1605320579_nThe 1980s had their share of tragedies. The decade opened with the assassination of John Lennon. By mid-decade, the names Smith, Scobee, McNair, Onizuka, McAuliffe, Jarvis, & Resnik would become synonymous with the word “hero” when those brave souls lost their lives in the space shuttle Challenger disaster. The decade would end with the Yellowstone fires, resulting in at least two deaths.

One thing has always been true about our nation: whenever we are hit with death & destruction, we pull tighter together as a common people.

While Oklahoma is still reeling from what may have been the largest tornado in recorded history, and the death count climbs near 100, people are coming together to help those who lost everything in the town of Moore, OK.

Would you consider helping?

— Text the word “FOOD” to 32333 to donate $10 to Channel 9 In Oklahoma City’s rescue fund.

— Text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help tornado victims.

— Text the word STORM to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army’s relief effort.

— Text the word AID to 50555 to donate $10 to Operation USA & their services to the storm victims.

If you need a break from the cleanup coverage, BlackLight Radio is here for you with happier memories from another era.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those suffering the Oklahoma City area tonight.

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From Shar, Anonymous John, Geoff Dorsett, the UNI Radio News staff, and myself (Gene Savage), we wish you and yours the happiest of holidays and a bright and prosperous 2012! Thanks for sharing BlackLight Radio with friends, family and co-workers… it is your word-of-mouth that has taken All Of The 80s, All Of The Time around the globe in 2011.

If you ever want to contact us, whether to make a request, make a suggestion, or just share an 80s memory, please either comment on any of our posts here… email us (the address is in the column to the right of this article), or friend us on Facebook at We love to hear from you, and welcome your suggestions… and yes, we’ll even listen to complaints! 🙂

I want to finish this early Christmas morning post with some quotes that I believe sum up the meaning of Christmas. To me, this is the Christmas story we should NEVER forget:

the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel, meaning, “God is with us.” (Isaiah 7:14)

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25)

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:1-7)

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.”

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2:8-20)

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.

When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: ” ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him.

Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. (Matthew 2:1-12)

If you’re still not sure you understand the Christmas story, or what it has to do with you, today, where you are, I recommend listening to the following story from Paul Harvey called “The Man & The Birds.”

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Macy’s 85th annual Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City had plenty to offer fans of 80s culture, starting with Neil Diamond singing his classic 80s hit, “America.” Diamond appeared on a float sponsored by the tourism department for South Dakota, & behind him on the float was a (much smaller) replica of Mount Rushmore. I thought he looked good, & sounded good as well! Glad to see him still able to knock out a powerful tune like that, & it was great to hear the song from “The Jazz Singer” on a frosty Thanksgiving morning in N.Y.C.

Chip Davis & his Mannheim Steamroller showed up on a float for Staples with a bunch of tap-dancing elves to promote their “Elf Yourself” website… did you recognize the “Deck The Halls” he was playing as being from one of the top five best-selling Christmas albums of all time? It was the 6x platinum, “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas,” released in 1984! Yet another 80s reference in the 2011 parade. (His 1988 Christmas release, A Fresh Aire Christmas, would do even better. You’ll hear tracks from both albums over the next few weeks on BlackLight Radio.)

I hesitate to bring this group up, but they DID have an 80s tie-in… this group of regular guys performing in their red jackets, powder-blue gym shorts, white sweatbands, white sport tube socks & gold tennis shoes, did a good but very funny dance routine to Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out for a Hero” from the soundtrack to 1984’s “Footloose.” The 610 Stompers had even the air staff on NBC chuckling as they jumped, swayed, & gyrated to the high energy tune. Bonnie Tyler remade the song in 2004, & it has was covered by Ella Mae Bowen for the remake of “Footloose.”

Although the concept was originally created in 1958, the Smurfs didn’t make it to the United States until the 80s… and kids went smurfy for the Smurfs! With a new movie out this past summer preparing to release on DVD next week, it’s not a surprise Sony Pictures saw fit to include both a small float with a couple of smurf characters AND a balloon. “Clumsy Smurf” (which struck me as a VERY dangerous name for a parade balloon!) did a great job down the parade route, and the two live-action smurfs on the float in front were entertaining as well. Even if the movie WAS in 3D, it was nice to see a giant smurf smiling down on the parade attendees.

Kermit the Frog returned this year, and it’s another no-brainer: with the new Muppet movie hitting theaters this weekend, they wanted the exposure as well. As children of the 80s, we remember Kermit singing the Rainbow Connection from the original Muppet Movie. It hit the Hot 100 in the first part of 1980… so yes, we play Kermit The Frog (voiced by Muppets creator Jim Henson) singing Rainbow Connection occasionally! (So many of us grew up watching Sesame Street & other great PBS kids shows in the 70s that Kermit brings back great memories from our childhood, too.)

The Energizer Bunny also made an appearance this year as a “balloonicle,” which is a balloon / vehicle. The balloon IS the float. The Energizer Bunny was created in 1989 qualifying him as an 80s flashback. I found out a few days ago in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” video with Grant Imahara of Mythbusters fame, that Grant was the one who built the drum-beating bunny robot in the commercials! It takes 3 people to run the Energizer Bunny robot: 1 to steer, 1 to beat the drum & twirl the sticks, & the 3rd to handle head movements. No word on how many were required to drive the balloonicle…

All in all, a great parade… and more evidence that the 80s are not only being recognized by advertisers as the best way to get us to part with our money, but also that the 80s are being re-discovered by the current generation… a reason for all of us to give thanks!!!

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