It’s Time to Revisit the Satanic Panic

As the United States shifted with the anxieties of the 1980s, baseless conspiracy theories about satanic cults committing mass abuse spread around the country.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #conspiracy-theories, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #mcmartin-preschool, #news-and-news-media, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #occult-sciences, #rivera-geraldo, #sex-crimes

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What Was the Vertical Club?

As we listlessly hoist our home dumbbells, let’s take a deep breath and reflect on a lost epicenter of New York City fitness culture.

#exercise, #health-clubs, #new-york-city, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #vertical-club

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Lone Wolves Connected Online: A History of Modern White Supremacy

Forty years ago, Louis Beam had the idea of using the internet to drive a movement. Today, his vision is disturbingly prevalent.

#aryan-nations, #beam-louis, #brennan-center-for-justice, #charlottesville-va-violence-august-2017, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #hate-crimes, #mcveigh-timothy-james, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

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Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump

Hundreds of trees will be planted in a grove at the new Skyway Park — one for every resident of Jersey City who has died of the virus.

#bridges-and-tunnels, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #environment, #fulop-steven-m, #gardens-and-gardening, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #jersey-city-nj, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-jersey, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #pjp-landfill-jersey-city-nj, #riverkeeper, #rivers, #skyway-park-jersey-city-nj, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #wetlands

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How Dinkins and Giuliani Foretold the Future of American Politics

Mayoral elections in New York City helped blaze an unhappy trail to our national state of two warring camps.

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How ‘The Crown’ Embraced ’80s Pop

Season 4 of the Netflix show takes viewers into a new decade, with a musical soundtrack to match, including artists like Stevie Nicks, Elton John and David Bowie.

#bowie-david, #bridge-sarah, #cure-the-music-group, #duran-duran-music-group, #joel-billy, #john-elton, #johnson-linton-kwesi, #nicks-stevie, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #pop-and-rock-music, #queen-music-group, #television, #the-crown-tv-program

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How the Singer Patty Smyth Spends Her Sundays

The front woman of the 1980s band Scandal talks about promoting her solo album during a pandemic and her 23-year marriage to the tennis star John McEnroe.

#mcenroe-john, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #patty-smyth, #pop-and-rock-music, #shutdowns-institutional, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

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Elsa Raven, ‘Back to the Future’ Character Actress, Dies at 91

She built a steady career of Everywoman roles. Perhaps none of them made a bigger impression than her performance as “Clocktower Lady.”

#actors-and-actresses, #back-to-the-future-movie, #deaths-obituaries, #movies, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #raven-elsa-1929-2020, #television

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Texas Punk Rock, Straight From the Pit

Pat Blashill’s photo book “Texas Is the Reason” captures the energy and anarchy of Austin’s burgeoning scene between 1979 and 1987.

#big-boys, #butthole-surfers, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #photography, #pop-and-rock-music, #texas

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12 Forgotten Classics by Women-Led New Wave Bands

Listen to lesser-known songs by Nervus Rex, Josie Cotton, the Waitresses and more that arrived in the early 1980s.

#cosmopolitans-the-music-group, #cotton-josie, #fellini-suzanne, #holly-and-the-italians-music-group, #nervus-rex-music-group, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #passions-the-music-group, #pearl-harbor-and-the-explosions-music-group, #pop-and-rock-music, #pulsallama-music-group, #robin-lanethe-chartbusters-music-group, #spider-music-group, #sweet-rachel-1962, #waitresses-the-music-group, #women-and-girls

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In Vintage TV Ads, a Curious Fountain of Hope (and Cheese)

An unlikely source of comfort viewing, YouTube compilations of old commercials have provided the writer a strange kind of optimism when so much else seems broken.

#advertising-and-marketing, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #television, #youtube-com

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1985: When ‘Rambo’ Tightened His Grip on the American Psyche

In the Reagan era, manly men, fighting machines and James Bond ruled the Memorial Day box office, but a young Eddie Murphy and Madonna made a mark.

#actors-and-actresses, #beverly-hills-cop-movie, #cher-1946, #desperately-seeking-susan-movie, #ford-harrison, #madonna, #movies, #murphy-eddie, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #norris-chuck, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #rambo-first-blood-part-ii-movie, #stallone-sylvester, #witness-movie

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12 Essential Lesser-Known Power-Pop Songs

You already listen to Cheap Trick, Big Star and the Raspberries. Now hear a dozen irresistibly upbeat tunes by smaller bands made between 1977 and 1983.

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15 Essential Hair-Metal Videos

The bands’ looks were over-the-top. So were the aesthetics of their clips for MTV.

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