...and it was a really great time for kid pop-culture, especially stuff with a fantasy & sf slant: Steven Spielberg and John Hughes and Jim Henson, Atari and Commodore 64, He-Man and the Transformers, Robotech and Voltron, on and on and on. Pretty much all the stuff that gets name-dropped in Ready Player One. And, of course, D&D, which was everywhere in those days - on TV, in toy stores, in the news, on the New York Times bestseller lists, influencing movies like Conan the Destroyer and Labyrinth. I remember all that stuff, and loved it, and occasionally want to talk about it because it had such a large influence in making me the person I am today.
For starters, I'll be talking mostly about D&D stuff (specifically the flavor of D&D stuff that I like - the early 80s, Gary Gygax version) because that's what is currently holding most of my interest, but over time it's likely that will drift and I'll end up talking about other stuff too. Like how 1982 was one of the best years ever for movies, especially genre ones. Seriously, in that single year we got E.T. The Extra Terrestrial and Blade Runner and Conan the Barbarian and Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Scarface and First Blood and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and The Thing and Poltergeist and TRON and The Last Unicorn and The Dark Crystal and The Secret of NIMH and Creepshow and so many others! I know I'm biased by nostalgia, but that's still pretty amazing for a single year.