EAST ASCENSION HIGH – CLASS OF 1984   
SENIOR YEAR MEMORIES – The World We Knew!
 
THESE WERE SOME OF THE NEWS HEADLINES. . . .
 
AUGUST 1983:  Marcos rival Aquino shot dead in Manilla! Kansas City TV woman news anchor, 38, wins bias case!
SEPTEMBER:   Russian shoots down Korean airliner, 269 dead!   Broadway’s “A Chorus Line” records 3,389th show!
OCTOBER:   Bomb-laden truck kills 200 U.S. Marines in Beirut!   Pro football founder George Halas dead at 87!
NOVEMBER: American Marines ordered to island nation Grenada!   Jesse Jackson says he’ll run for president in ’84!  
DECEMBER: Severe U.S. cold wave sets many low temperature records! VCR’s hot, nearly 5-million sold in 1983! 
JANUARY 1984:  Supreme Court gives okay to record network TV shows!   McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc dead at 81!
FEBRUARY:   Russian head Andropov dies, Chernenko is successor! Hart upsets Mondale in New Hampshire primary!
MARCH: Senate kills two proposals for prayer in public schools! “Terms of Endearment” sweeps Academy Awards!
APRIL:    President Reagan visits China! Rock star Marvin Gaye shot dead by father during argument!  
MAY:   Russia to be a no-show at Olympic Games in L.A.!   U.S. Surgeon-General says “second hand smoke” a danger!
JUNE:   Jesse Jackson convinces Castro to free 48 prisoners! “Donald Duck” has 50th birthday at Disney World!
 
 
 
 
 
WE WENT TO THE MOVIES AND SAW . . . .
 
An all-star cast of a “baby boomers” reunion in “THE BIG CHILL” . . . .Small-town visitor Kevin Bacon dancing it up in “FOOTLOOSE” . . . .Ed Harris as astronaut John Glenn in “THE RIGHT STUFF” . . . . “THE NATURAL,” with Robert Redford as the aging baseball sensation . . . .Steve Gutenberg as one of many goofy candidates for “POLICEACADEMY” . . . . lots of Oscars for “TERMS OF ENDEARMENT,” with Jack Nicholson, Shirley MaClaine and Debra Winger . . . .New 007 agent Roger Moore in the spoof “OCTOPUSSY,” with Maude Adams. . . . “Dirty Harry” cop Clint Eastwood in “SUDDEN IMPACT” . . . . computer whiz-kid Mathew Broderick outplays a giant computer in “WAR GAMES” . . . . “VACATION,” the original lampoon, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo as Mr. And Mrs. Griswold . . . . “ROMANCING THE STONE,” with mousy author Kathleen Turner and fortune-hunter Michael Douglas . . . . and the gross box-office hit with Harrison Ford, “INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM.”
   
 
WHEN WE STAYED HOME, WE WATCHED . . .
 
CBS on Thursdays, for three top-rated shows, leading off with Tom Selleck as Hawaii-based “Magnum, P.I.”. . . followed by brother detectives Jameson Parker and Gerald McRaney as “Simon and Simon” . . .and winding up with the prime-time soap, “Knots Landing.” ABC, for two huge hits on Wednesdays, the Carrington family’s “Dynasty”. . . and James Brolin in the lavish, “Hotel” . . . .CBS on Sunday for the nation’s #2 show, “60 Minutes”. . . NBC for a Tuesday winner, George Peppard and the rest of “The A Team” . . ..two more Friday night soaps on CBS, the #1 rated program, “Dallas”. . . followed by “Falcon Crest.” CBS was the top-watched network on Mondays, too, with the MASH spin-off, “After Mash” . . .and two shows that each featured a pair of women, Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin as working mothers “Kate and Allie,” . . . . and Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as undercover cops “Cagney and Lacey.”
 
 
 AND . . .IN SPORTS . . . .
 
In August, Australia won America’s Cup, ending a 132-year U.S. reign . . . . the Baltimore Orioles won the 1983 World Series in 6 games over the Philadelphia Phillies . . . .regular season #5 Miami edged #1 Nebraska 31-30 in the 1984 Orange Bowl to finish the college football season #1 . . . . in the NFL, the LA Raiders pounded Washington 38-9, to win Super Bowl XVII . . . . North Carolina finished atop the regular season college basketball polls, but Georgetown whipped Houston 84-75 for the 1984 NCAA crown . . . .the NBA title went to the Boston Celtics, who beat the LA Lakers in 7 games . . . Edmonton’s Oilers won their first Stanley Cup over the Islanders in 5 games. . . . Rick Mears won his 2nd Indianapolis 500 . . . .and the horse Swale won the Kentucky Derby and Belmont, but lost the Preakness.