It wasn't until 1985 that Nintendo would be released in North America and subsequently marketed to little boys who would soon become addicted to such classics as Contra, Super Mario Bros., Mike Tyson's Punchout, Metroid, Zelda, Duck Hunt, and Battletoads. However, I thought it only appropo to address the NES's birthdate in a countdown of my own birthday--I mean, we practically grew up together, cried together, loved together, spent countless hours together trying to save the Princess, the World, or the Heavyweight Championship (?). In short, to borrow a line from Sir Paul McCartney: "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
Thanks Nintendo. For the old times, and the new. Here's to another 24 years. Mazeltoff.
Also important in 1983:
-Ronald Reagan dubs 1983 "The Year of the Bible..." and the Jelly Belly
-February 28: "M*A*S*H" finally ends. Alan Alda begins life as a Guest Star on other shows
-"Star Wars" moves from realm of fantasy to...realm of politics...which is circular at best.
-BYU wins the Holiday Bowl, Steve Young announces his intent to enter the AFL draft, and Provo's ego expands to the point of unreality. An ego they maintain to this day.
-"Pioneer 10" becomes first man-made object to leave solar system. Pioneer 10 also becomes the first in a long line of interstellar trash we can only hope will be picked up by interstellar prisoners cleaning up the interstellar highways in bright interstellar orange space suits.
-The death of the first feminist movement is commemorated at the grand opening of the first Hooters in Florida, October 4. Silicone sales go up 200%.
-Microsoft Word is published October 25, 9:00 am ET.
-October 25, 9:30 am: first Word document to be lost because of an undefined error
-October 25, 9:31 am: first copy of Word to be used as a doggy chew toy. Bill Gates' brain turns red, and a shiver runs up his spine. He can't help but smile.
-Baby Eric learns to smile, eat, drink, and poop--habits he maintains to this day.