Figures and Personalities
During the 80's, certain people or types of people either made their mark on
history, maintained their highest level popularity or fame, or departed after
years of notoriety. This section is to honor the great men and women, remind
ourselves of the personalities, and to remember those who died. These people
are listed in two subsections: Figures and Personalities (We apologize ahead of
time of listing great men who made history, like President Reagan, with mere
celebrities of pop culture, like Joe Piscopo or Corey Haim, in the same list)
- Scott Baio
- Mikhail Baryshnikov
- Brat Pack
- Tawana Brawley
- [Vice] President George Bush
- Chevy Chase
- Gary Coleman
- Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen
- Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards - the awkward, goofy British plasterer who became a media sensation as Great Britain's first and only Olympic ski jumper in the 1988 Winter Olympics
- Mike Eruzione - shot the winning goal against the Soviet hockey team in the 1980 Winter Olympics
- Jim and Tammy Faye Baker
- Corey Feldman
- Michael J. Fox
- Mikhail Gorbachev
- Florence "Flo-Jo" Griffith-Joyner
- flamboyant track-and-field athlete. She won a silver medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics and two gold medals in 1988, as well as setting world records.
- Corey Haim
- Anthony Michael Hall
- Fawn Hall
- Scott Hamilton
- Gary Hart
- Leona Helmsley
- Pee Wee Herman
- Hulk Hogan
- Paul Hogan - "Crocodile Dundee"
- Michael Jackson
- Jamaican bobsledders - Four Jamaican athletes who, despite living in a country with 80 degree weather, went to the 1988 Winter Olympics as the first Jamaican bobsled team.
- Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak - Apple gurus
- Ayatollah Khomeini
- Emmanuel Lewis
- Carl Lewis
- Traci Lords - infamous underage porn star from the 80's.
- Greg Louganis
- Jim McMahon
- Shigeru Miyamoto - Nintendo mastermind behind biggest video games, such as Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., etc.
- Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro
- Joe Montana
- Eddie Murphy
- Ollie North
- William "The Refrigerator" Perry
- Joe Piscopo
- Richard Pryor
- Muammar Qaddafi - or however you choose to spell it
- President Ronald Reagan
- Mary Lou Retton
- enthusiastic, 15 year old gymnast who won five medals at the 1984 Olympics, the most won by any athlete that year.
- Donna Rice
- Molly Ringwald
- Ricky Schroeder - before he insisted on being called "Rick". He'll always be "Ricky" at From the Eighties!
- Reverend Al Sharpton
- Yakov Smirnoff
- Bruce Springsteen
- Mr. T
- Donald Trump
- valley girls (a.k.a. vals)
- vacuous teenage girls who swarmed the malls, particularly the Sherman Oaks Galleria, of the San Fernando Valley.
- Ryan White