What Life Was Like 29 Years Ago

The year was 1988, almost 30 years ago now. A perm cost you $20 and an fancy meal was less than $10. Want more 1988 nostalgia? Check out what life was like 29 years ago.

What Life Was Like 29 Years Ago

Best TV shows:

The Wonder Years


The Cosby Show

America’s Most Wanted

48 Hours


Growing Pains

The Golden Girls

**file photos** * ESTELLE GETTY DIES THE GOLDEN GIRLS star ESTELLE GETTY has died of dementia, just three days before her 85th birthday. She passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning (22Jul08) at her Los Angeles, California home. The actress had endured a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia, a disease exhibiting symptoms similar to Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's. Born in New York in 1923, Getty began her acting career with a small part in 1978 comedy Team-Mates. She went on to land roles in 1982 classic Tootsie and 1985's Mask, but it was her turn as wise-cracking Sicilian mother Sophia Petrillo on 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls that made her a household name. She is also known for her stint on New York's Broadway in a 1982 production of Torch Song Trilogy. Getty later starred in movies including Stuart Little, Throw Momma From The Train, and Mannequin. Paying tribute to the star, her longtime care-giver Paul Chapdelaine says, "Sadly, today July 22, 2008 at 5:35 a.m. Pacific Time, we said our last good-byes to our little friend Estelle, who passed away and made her journey to the great beyond. Although it was a trip that she never wanted to take, she went gracefully, in the comfort of her own home, surrounded by her family and her very loving care-givers. "Estelle's legacy will live on and on through the comedy and laughter she gave to us all, which will forever keep us laughing out loud... "Estelle was a fighter. She always stood up for the underdogs, fought for equality for all, and always pictured a world filled with "Love and Laughter" - her most favourite catch phrase. "Estelle, we love you and will miss you dearly. We pray that you are met at the Pearly Gate with open arms and a warm welcome by all who have passed before you.... You have touched my life, and the lives of so many others who will never forget you." The Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actress is survived by two adult sons from her marriage to Arthur Gettleman. He passed away in 2004. (JMA&MT/WNWCZM&WNWCUW&WNWC/IG) Estelle Getty (as Sophia Spirelli Petrillo Weinstock), Rue McClanahan (as Blanche Elizabeth Hollingsworth Devereaux), Betty White (as Rose Lindstrom Nylund) and Beatrice Arthur (as Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak) 'Golden Girls' (NBC) USA - 1985-1992 Supplied by WENN This is a PR photo. WENN does not claim any Copyright or License in the attached material. Fees charged by WENN are for WENN's services only, and do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any ownership of Copyright or License in the material. By publishing this material, the user expressly agrees to indemnify and to hold WENN harmless from any claims, demands, or causes of action arising out of or connected in any way with user's publication of the material. Featuring: **file photos** Where: United States When: 01 Jan 1985 ****

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For the Kids:

Garfield and Friends

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


Best Movies:

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Coming to America


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

Mystic Pizza


A Nightmare on Elm Street





Popular Singers:

George Michael

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Phil Collins





People Born in 1988:

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Julianne Hough

Vanessa Hudgens


Blac Chyna

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Russell Wilson

ASAP Rocky


Best Toy:

Nintendo Entertainment System



The US population was 244.5 million people and the population of the world was over 5 billion.


World News:

Over 1/3 of Yellowstone National Park is destroyed due to more than 250 small different fires and drought of 1988 together destroyed 793,880 acres of the park.

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Jamaica was devestated by Hurricane Gilbert.

Lazer Eye Surgery was invented in the US.


Fun Facts:

“Just do it” was coined by Nike. Another popular slogan was started by Visa, “It’s everywhere you want to be”.nike_swoosh_logo_black

Wrigley Field didn’t have lights until 1988.

Oliver and company was one of the first Disney animated films to include advertisements. More than 30 brands and logos were in the film.

Doppler radar was invented by Christian Andreas Doppler.

Table Tennis, also known as ping pong, became an Olympic sport.


Just do it! Play table tennis because it’s everywhere you want to be. Did I get that right? Either way, 1988 did.



Author: Emily Rokke

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