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July 11, 2023

1989 Video Brings Back Strong Memories for Gen Xers Who Came of Age in the '80s

People are amazed by throwback footage of a group of high school students from the late 1980s, not just due to their stunning haircuts. The identities and whereabouts of these kids are unknown, but it is known that the clip was filmed in 1989.

It was the year we saw violence in Tiananmen Square and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall. The year we got Meg Ryan in When Harry Met Sally and Michael Keaton in Tim Burton’s Batman. The year Seinfeld and The Simpsons debuted on TV, with no clue as to how successful they would become. The year that gave us New Kids on the Block and Paula Abdul while Madonna and Janet Jackson were enjoying their heyday.

The jeans were pegged, the shoulders were padded and the hair was feathered and huge. It was 1989—the peak of Gen X youth coming of age. For those of us who were in high school at the time, it’s like hopping into a time machine.


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