In need of a touch of nostalgia

Published 7:00 am Friday, July 29, 2016

Wednesday night I achieved, what some call, an important milestone, my first screening of “Back to the Future.”
Each time I’ve mentioned I had yet to see this film; I paused and waited for the shocked expressions.
I was about 2 ½ years old when the film was released in theaters. But, according to many, that’s no excuse.
Many of my younger peers have seen all three films and enjoyed them.
I watched the first and second movies and the first one is my favorite thus far.
It brought back many nostalgic memories. I’ve always enjoyed films made during the 1980s. While they do retain a certain “cheesy factor,” there is something about them that can’t be replicated in films today.
Molly Ringwald was, and still is, a favorite actress of mine and I could watch “Pretty in Pink,” “Sixteen Candles” and “For Keeps” every day.
In my opinion, the children’s shows created during the 1980s were some of the best. The “Fraggle Rock” theme song always gets stuck in my head and I much prefer the “My Little Pony” episodes that aired then.
“The Adventures of the Gummi Bears” featured bears living during medieval times.
My parents had recorded the film “Garfield in Paradise” on VHS and I remember watching it constantly. Even as I got older, I continued to enjoy it.
The commercial breaks were actually my favorite part because the commercials made during the 1980s were fantastic and a little overdone, but still better than most today.
There are times, especially in these days of social media and constantly evolving technology, I long for the days of my youth.
To me, even just 30 years ago, the world was a different place than the one we inhabit now.
While I appreciate the many advances that have been made since then, I almost feel we need a “throwback” to simpler times before social media and our cellphones took control of our lives.

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