They just seem so – well, old fashioned! After all, 1983 wasn’t so long ago…
In that year, this man was the president of the United States:
Not coincidentally, in 1983, unemployment in the U.S. was the highest it had been since 1941 – 12 million people were unemployed that year.
This woman, whose economic policies were very much like Reagan’s, was prime minister in Britain:
A few other disasters made the news:
Hurricane Alicia hit the Texas coast, killing 22 people:
Operation Urgent Fury
Date: October 25-27, 1983
Location: Grenada, Windward Islands
Differing views of the invasion:
In rock music, Kiss was hip:
A few things happened in 1983 to make my boring life a bit more exciting. My husband’s cousin Claudia came to Milwaukee to stay for a few months. She arrived in the winter and, as someone who had grown up in the tropical climate of Brazil, found it enchanting! She wanted to ski, so we took her cross-country skiing in some large nature reserves. Here is a picture we posed for, when we took Claudia to visit my parents’ house in Janesville:
Claudia never forgot that visit and we remained good friends since then; twenty years later she paid back our hospitality by inviting us to stay with her and her family in Rio de Janeiro!
The other exciting thing that happened was the birth of my niece, Julia. I witnessed and was part of her first few years of life, since Julia’s mother (my sister) and her family lived in Milwaukee. Later, after my son was born, he and Julia became great friends and always looked forward to playing together. This picture is of newborn Julia, May 1983:
Here is Julia now, all grown up, married and expecting her first child:
My mother took this picture of my sister Mary and her family, with my father, in their dining room in the summer of 1983. My parents were going to take John (age 9) on a trip to Lake Superior and this was taken when they went to pick him up.