Category Archives: 1980s

“onkle bill”

  Today is St. Patrick’s Day, the favorite holiday of a good friend of mine, probably the noblest and most generous man I have ever met, whom I lost over 15 years ago.  William Patrick Hughes was born in February … Continue reading

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(possibly the) best love song ever

The other day, my wife mentioned to me that her Walking With Purpose Bible study group is discussing the Song of Songs.  In light of Valentine’s Day, she asked me what I thought was “the best love ever.”  Which to … Continue reading

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what fred said

    Ten years ago today, my father-in-law Fred Blahut died of COPD, and not a day goes by when I am not reminded of him.  I first met Fred in late 1985, when I started dating his daughter Joni.  … Continue reading

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“ex-men”

From the mid-1980’s to the early 1990’s, I revived my childhood passion for comic-book collecting, and my favorites were, as you might expect, the various X-Men titles.  I’ve seen all the movies (even that sucktastic one), and I’m looking forward … Continue reading

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teacher appreciation: j.r. salamanca

The latest in a series recognizing the best teachers I had   I was stunned and saddened to learn that on October 30 of this year, just a few weeks ago, the great J.R. Salamanca passed away peacefully in his … Continue reading

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back to the times when dreams were what mattered

I try to avoid socio/political discussions on this blog, but I will say that the news has been honking me off lately.  All of which reminds me of this song from my youth:     “Hair metal” from the ’80’s … Continue reading

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teacher appreciation: verlyn flieger

In honor of the kids going back to school, this will be the first of several posts about the great teachers I was fortunate enough to have in my academic career.  To kick things off, let me tell you about Professor … Continue reading

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not going “under the dome”

Stephen King’s books are like KISS records: loud, not very smart, but occasionally fun.  Also, the best ones were done 35 years ago.  So no, I did not watch the premiere of Under the Dome last night, nor do I intend to … Continue reading

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wicked uncle kenton’s way-back video jukebox

It’s a synth-pop song!  It’s a pissed off rant against economic- and social oppression that rings disturbingly true even today!  It’s two–TWO–treats in one!     It’s Eddy Grant’s “Electric Avenue” and methinks the video holds up well for something … Continue reading

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wicked uncle kenton’s way-back video jukebox

Everything you need to know about the early ’80s, you can learn from Duran Duran.         Questions?    

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