1982 in Review

Fun Facts about 1982

Graduating High School was not the only hilight of 1982

Cost of Living 1982
  • Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average 1046
  • Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve 11.50%
  • Average Cost of new house $82,200
  • Median Price Of and Existing Home $67,800
  • Average Income per year $21,050.00
  • Average Monthly Rent $320.00
  • Cost of a gallon of Gas 91 cents
  • New Car Average price $7,983.00
  • US Postage Stamp 20 cents

  • Cardinals beat the Brewers in the World Series in 7 games
  • Joe Montana and the 49ers won their first Super Bowl
  • Lakers won the NBA Championship
  • NY Islanders won the Stanley Cup
  • Georgetown Hoyas threw the NCAA Basketball title away -- no really they mistakingly threw the ball right into hands of a North Carolina Tar Heel with seconds left and lost 63 - 62
  • The late Joe Paterno won his first NCAA Football National Championship
  • Cal Ripken Jr's streak of consecutive games begins
  • The first Colorado Rockies (hockey team) leaves Colorado and becomes the New Jersey Devils

  • Famous movies from 1982 include Blade Runner, ET,  Gandhi, TRON, Poltergeist, Porkeys, 48 Hours and Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • TV Shows from 1982 include Cheers, Family Ties, St. Elsewhere, Newhart, TJ Hooker, Late Night with David Letterman and the Happy Days spinoff, Jonie Loves Chachi (did not do so well in the US, but had a good following in Japan/Korea since rumor has it that Chachi is slang for Penis)
  • Pop hits from 1982 include "I Love Rock 'N' Roll" from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, "Physical" from Olivia Newton John, "Centerfold" from J Geils, "Eye of the Tiger" from Survivor and "Rosanna" by Toto
  • Michael Jackson's Thriller is released in 1982
  • Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a bat and is treated for rabies

Famous Births
  • Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - Prince William and Kate Middleton
  • Big Ben Roethlisberger, QB for the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Indy and NASCAR driver Danica Patrick
  • First American Idol winner, Kelly Clarkson
  • Basketball player, Tony Parker
  • Actress, Anne Hathaway
  • Kyle Orton -- he was the guy before Tebow

Famous Deaths
  • Comedian and center square, Paul Lynde
  • John Belushi
  • Henry Fonda
  • Marty Feldman
  • Grace Kelly
  • Satchel Paige

  • First artificial heart transplant was performed
  • MRI machines are introduced in Britain
  • First CD player is sold
  • EPCOT Center at Disney World opens
  • John Hinckley Jr is found not guilty by reason of insanity for shooting President Reagan
  • Time's Man of the year is the "COMPUTER"