I graduated from high school 30 years ago today. I remember it in flashes. The ceremony was held in the football stadium, a quite nice one, because, so I was told, the school was asked not to return to wherever these things were usually held back then. My class wasn't particularly rowdy, but I guess previous ones had been.
There was a girl in my class who was pregnant and about to launch, who went into a strange laughing fit during a speech, and a boy shouted, "the baby's tickling her under her armpits!" Everyone broke up at that. But for the most part, it was fairly ordinary, I believe, and I remember being invited to a couple of parties, but did not go. That's all I remember, except that a few relatives visited and brought small gifts, and I had put together a neat senior year memory book that my future ex-mother-in-law stole along with most of my other keepsakes. But that's another tale not to be told.
Here's a list of 1983 songs that were either favorites then or became favorites later, most of which I still enjoy hearing. There are probably others if I look at a UK hits chart.
"1999" – Prince
"Blue Monday" – New Order
"Burning Down the House" – Talking Heads
"Delirious" – Prince
"Electric Avenue" – Eddy Grant
"In a Big Country" – Big Country
"Keep Feeling (Fascination)" – The Human League
"Let's Dance" – David Bowie
"The Love Cats" — The Cure
"New Frontier" – Donald Fagen
"New Song" – Howard Jones
"One Thing Leads to Another" — The Fixx
"Our House" – Madness
"Our Lips Are Sealed" – Fun Boy Three
"Owner of a Lonely Heart" – Yes
"Rockit" – Herbie Hancock
"Run Runaway" – Slade
"The Safety Dance" – Men Without Hats
"She Blinded Me with Science" – Thomas Dolby
"Space Age Love Song" – A Flock of Seagulls
"This Charming Man" – The Smiths
"The Walk" – The Cure
Of the top-grossing films in 1983, these are the ones I saw. I liked them all to some degree. I'd say my favorite of this bunch is probably Trading Places.
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
National Lampoon's Vacation
The Big Chill
Never Say Never Again*
Twilight Zone: The Movie
Here are a few others I saw either that year or shortly after:
High Road to China
The Man with Two Brains
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
The Osterman Weekend*
The Right Stuff*
To Be or Not to Be
I put stars next to my favorites at the time. Most importantly for me, I think, was this. Mom and I saw every one.
What else...M*A*S*H* ended that year, and I remember obsessing over that a bit. Oh, and also! That was the first year I noticed a lot of famous people I'd heard of died. There is quite a list for that year, but these are the ones I knew of then.
A few other notable events around that time were the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, Sally Ride's first trip into space, Motown's 25th anniversary, GPS was approved for civilian use, but then that was cancelled; it's an interesting story, and, um, KISS appeared on TV without makeup on! People said they should maybe not do that again...
We didn't have cable TV at our house, but here's what everyone else was watching when I graduated from high school: