Disclaimer: I hold this entry with the highest amount of respect and reverence that I (typically) afford this blog. To all those who read this passage, please take off your plumber hats, power down your bio-mechanically attached plasma weapon, and let the magic seep back into your soul. (Hushed Tones) In the summer of 1983, the first Nintendo Entertainment System was first sold in Japan.

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.


Vanessa said...

My head is bowed. A moment of silence was initiated.

I spent countless hours as Little Mac trying to get to the Dream Fight. I won the Tecmo bowl at least 40 times. And I think we went through three copies of Double Dragon because it was played so much. *sigh* I'm getting seriously nostalgic right now. Stellar entry Eric. Stellar.

EBV said...

Thank you, Vanessa. Your comments have been recorded in 8-bit cartridge format, and will be available to all by pressing "Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, B, A, select, start."

It's just me... said...

1) I am so thrilled that your habits of 1985 are still so prevalent in your life today.

2) Little girls all over the US also became addicted to Nintendo. Vanessa example is a brilliant one.

3) Yeah, you have a blog! And double-yeah that I know about it!

Patten said...

Endless lives in contra.

What's better?

Endless lives in super contra.

What's even better?

Jumping on the turtle shell over and over again to gain many lives in Super Mario Bros.

I miss those good old days.

shjacobsen said...

up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, a, b, b,a select start

It's just me... said...

1983 should also be remembered as "The Year of Brilliance" - I started Kindergarten that year.