This is why I love (and read) the wonderfully talented Ron Mwangaguhunga aka The Corsair. Ron reposted his “An Interview of Ron Mwangaguhunga by Ron Mwangaguhunga” post. It’s brilliantly hilarious.
When did the 80s end?
Somewhere in Secret History Donna Tartt says rightly that the magical weekend always officially ended (for kids of the 70s) with the Wonderful World of Disney, at 7pm on Sunday night. That’s when one did one’s homework. Officially the 80s ended the moment Rob Lowe gave Demi Moore his St. Elmo’s Fire speech. The decade ended when Billy intoned: “This isn’t real. You know what it is? It’s St. Elmo’s Fire. Electric flashes of light that appear in dark skies out of nowhere. Sailors would guide entire journeys by it. But the joke was on them. There was no fire. There wasn’t even a St. Elmo. They made it up. They made it up because they thought they needed it to keep ‘em going when times got tough. Just like you’re making up all of this. We’re all going through this. It’s our time on the edge.” Just like that with that gravelly world-weary voice: it’s our time on the edge. And with that, the 80s abruptly ended as Billy took the Greyhound bus out of Georgetown with his loaded six string on his back. Lowe always knew that you leave a party while the gettings good: look at how he exited the West Wing before it jumped the shark.