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Was there really a "Jessie's Girl"?

The 80's classic Jessie's girl was released in the Australia by Rick Springfield in 1981, and in the UK in 1984.  If you ever wanted to know the history behind the song, read on.  It turns out that Springfield was enrolled in an stained glass class where he met a guy named Gary, who was also there with his girlfriend.

The Soap Opera that is Van Halen

It has been just over 20 years since Sammy Hagar parted ways with Van Halen (6/16/1996).

Spoiler Alert - Luke Skywalker Dies?

Like many kids in the late 1970's and early 1980's, I was a huge fan of Star Wars. I would comb through the toy section of the Sears catalog on visits to Grandma's house and dream of owning all those wonderful Star Wars toys . I suppose when it comes down to it, those first three movies may be my favorite movies to date. And for that reason, whenever the media talks about anything related to Star Wars, it gets my attention.

My First Car - A Lesson in Good Parenting

My parents did a clever thing to me when I was a teenager as a parenting technique.  Even though I had part-time job as a cook at Kentucky Fried Chicken (wasn't called KFC back then), they would not let me buy a car (what I really wanted was an IROC-Z).  Instead, they provided me with a car, paid for the insurance, and held the car hostage.

7th Grade Gym Class & My Pro Wings

I wasn't much for fashion back in mid 80's.  I was born in 72, so by the time the 7th grade rolled around, parachute pants and leg warmers were in full swing.  I had just made the transition from grade school to junior high (6th grade was still grade school back then in the Midwest), and almost overnight, I had to start worrying about the clothes on my back and the shoes on my feet.

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