‘CHRISSIE’ HELPS TO SAY THANKS
I WAS going to get some lunch and I saw a woman who looked just like Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders. She was in her late 40s and she was in good shape. She had the wild, dark hair and skin-tight leggings and she walked like she owned the street. I wondered whether she had gone back to her ‘80s roots or had maintained the look for the past 35 years. Either way, I decided right there that I would stop being embarrassed by the 1980s. Sure, most of the fashion was seriously awful and the music did not really stand the test of time (The Pretenders excluded). And we were a pretty shallow bunch - no war protests or hippy movement or intense ‘90s grunge. However, we sure did know how to party, at least until AIDS showed up to spoil the buzz. I am finally ready to say “thank you ‘80s, you were a serious blast”.
Rick Lee - Regional Editor