I was looking at my high school yearbook today and there are a couple of pages near the back where they list the results of poll questions they asked all seniors that year. Some of the more interesting ones are:
I don’t remember people eating a lot of tacos back then, so I think that’s bullshit posturing. They probably saw young people on TV talking about their love of tacos and thought they should answer that way too. T-Bone (steak, I assume) was the automatic “fancy” answer in 1981. T-Bone steak and shrimp cocktail. That’s livin’!
3. Mazda RX7
Oh, yeah. Dunbar, WV was simply crawling with Ferraris in those days. Ferraris and lemon-yellow Chevettes with ‘Who Shot J.R.?’ stickers on the back. Stoopid.
Favorite TV program
1. Magnum P.I.
I watched MASH. The other two? I knew they were on. Was there any good TV in 1981? It was fairly dismal, except for maybe Night Flight.
1. Kenny Rogers
2. Slim Whitman
3. Pat Benatar
1. R.E.O. Speedwagon
Slim Whitman was an ironic answer. They advertised a best-of collection on TV all the time, and people were trying to be funny. I don’t know what to say about the rest. Kenny Rogers? That’s fairly embarrassing. The bands listed were all huge in 1980/81, so those aren’t surprising. Needless to say, I would’ve gone in a much more obscure and annoying direction.
Favorite Sex Symbol
1. Tom Selleck
2. Dave Wood
3. Burt Reynolds
1. Brooke Shields
2. Jayne Kennedy (misspelled Jane)
3. Christie Brinkley (misspelled Christy)
Dave Wood was a teacher, so more comedy. I don’t remember Jayne Kennedy, but the rest are standard answers, I guess. I was never one for celebrity crushes. Rocky had that territory covered in our group. Oh, he had it covered real good.
1. Stir Crazy
2. Caveman (misspelled Cave Man)
3. 9 to 5
Caveman? Weird. Wasn’t Ringo in that? I can’t remember seeing any of these cinematic masterpieces, except maybe Stir Crazy. What the shit was going on?! These are terrible answers.
1. Clint Eastwood
2. Burt Reynolds
3. John Holmes
1. Sally Field (misspelled Fields)
2. Barbra Streisand (misspelled Barbara)
3. Richard Simmons
3. Listening to music
Sex and drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, literally. Even in the correct order! I’m surprised they allowed #1. I don’t think that would fly today.
Small french fries .65
Medium cheese pizza 5.00
6 pack of beer 2.67
Unleaded gas, one gallon 1.53
Postage stamp .18
Dozen red roses 40.00
Some of these seem kinda high, especially jeans. Gas, too. I remember paying 79 cents per gallon when I was in Atlanta, which was years later. I don’t know anything about roses. Pizza and beer seem like a deal, though.
What do you think the results for your senior year would look like, in any or all of the above categories? Please share your guesses in the comments section. And if you have any thoughts on the choices of the Class of 81 (Second to None!), let’s hear ’em.
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