25 years ago, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, the Oprah Winfrey Show debuted, and over 5 million people joined in Hands across America.  A gallon of gas cost $.89, but a Tandy 600 portable computer cost $1599.00.

While Imelda Marcos was fleeing the Philippines (without her famous collection of 1060 pairs of shoes), we were going to the movies ($3.75 per ticket) and seeing:


Down and Out in Beverly Hills

An American Tail

The Fly

Back to School


Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Blue Velvet

The Color of Money

Books we were reading:

Beloved by Toni Morrison

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes

Did you know that you can read reviews of these books, movies and events from the 1986 New York Times in pdf format?  Just click here.  (DPL card required)

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Written by Lisa on October 5, 2011


Chris on October 6, 2011


Lisa, this makes me feel very nostalgic for my college days -- making art in my basement apartment in Greeley. Thanks for this reminder of the great and not-so-great of 1986.


While you were doing art in your Greeley basement, I was selling office supplies in a store by the DCPA. I had big poofy bangs which I wish were still in style.

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