Friday, June 2, 2006

The Friday Five, '80s style!

After some urging, the Friday Five is B A C K!

For those of you that haven't played before, all you have to do is answer theses five questions in the comments below or in your own journal (but don't forget to link back here!). The first player of the week will have her or his journal promoted next week. Also, we always accept questions or themes from our players! Enjoy!

1) Favorite movie of the 1980s? Without doubt it is Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Not only did it take the 'action' genre to a new level, Harrison Ford is h-double-o-t.

2) Favorite musician/group of the 1980s? U2. Let us not forget their saving rock and roll with their breakthrough album, The Joshua Tree.

3) Favorite TV show of the 1980s? I have to stick with Mr. Belvedere. I loved the way that portly ole English chap buttled.

4) Favorite invention of the 1980s? Can there be any question?!?!? Nintendo!

5) World Event from the 1980s that stands out in your mind? The very first world event that registers in my consciousness is Ronald Reagan infamous 'Evil Empire' speech. He redefined international relations, the Cold War, and the future of two nations in that one moment. While many took offense, in this country and around the world, that moment is the very first time I became scared of dying. Nuclear war between the super-powers was still a tangible threat that pre-occupied political and international relations. I remember being afraid of the bomb and afraid of nuclear war. Here's his speech (prompted by the Soviet downing of Korean Air Flight 007:

[L]et us be aware that, while [the Soviet leaders] preach the supremacy of the state, declare its omnipotence over individual man, and predict its eventual domination of all peoples on the earth, they are the focus of evil in the modern world.
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So, in your discussions of the nuclear freeze proposals, I urge you to beware the temptation of pride - the temptation of blithely declaring yourselves above it all and label both sides equally at fault, to ignore the facts of history and the aggressive impulses of an evil empire, to simply call the arms race a giant misunderstanding and thereby remove yourself from the struggle between right and wrong and good and evil.

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