December 4, 2001 |
Lean back. Shut your eyes. Think '80s. Think Journey. Oliver North. Wham! Savings-and-loan scandal. Michael Milken. White House astrologers. The glory days of excess, selfishness, greed. Me! Most of us can attest, as decades go, the '80s was a low point; a time of big hair, bad music and grasping materialism. But, like a fine wine, given the mellowing influence of time, even the goofiest decade is ripe for nostalgia.
January 28, 2000 |
Human rights officials said they had unearthed the remains of 50 people at a clandestine cemetery, apparent victims of Guatemala's 35-year civil war that ended in 1996. The graves were near a parochial school in Zacualpa, a village 40 miles northwest of Guatemala City. The victims probably were killed between 1980 and 1982 during the regimes of Gen. Romeo Lucas Garcia and Gen.
October 28, 1998 |
Bands like Wang Chung and Men at Work sold millions in the 1980s--but were they the bands that mattered? While these groups were all over then-new MTV, they weren't the ones that most influenced the bands that have taken their place in the pop mainstream of the '90s. That role belongs to musicians who were part of a remarkable grass-roots scene that defined the independent, often rebellious spirit of rock 'n' roll.
October 28, 1998 |
The B-52's and the Pretenders joined hands for a moderately successful concert tour last summer. So did Culture Club, Howard Jones and the Human League. Even Blondie, led by 53-year-old Deborah Harry, has decided to re-form after 16 years on the shelf. Now, a slew of '80s-era pop acts--among them Jones ("What Is Love?," "Things Can Only Get Better"), Men at Work ("Who Can It Be Now?
March 1, 1998 |
The apartment--vacant of furniture, windows bare, utilities disconnected--nevertheless felt inhabited. By ghosts. By memories. By time. After 20 years, I was leaving my Venice apartment. Twenty years in a rent-controlled ($175 in '77, $475 by '97) two-bedroom, three blocks from the beach, on the edge of Santa Monica's Ocean Park community. Was I crazy to give it up?
August 12, 1997 |
Fifteen years ago today, whatever you were busy doing probably was the wrong thing. What you should have been doing was sinking every last dime you had into the stock market. On Aug. 12, 1982, the wretched 1970s bear market that had made stocks a four-letter word with most Americans was on its deathbed, breathing weakly. The Dow Jones index of 30 blue-chip stocks--or "blue gyps" as they were known then, after a decade of lousy returns--eased 0.29 point that Thursday to 776.