Chance Gibbs

How happy are we all that the election is finally over?

We can now go back to our normal programming and stop watching coverage of the boxing match that was the 2016 race.

The only downfall of the election ending is that now I’m forced to come to terms with the fact that I turn 30 on November 14.

In honor of this milestone birthday, I thought I’d do a look back at pop culture of the year I was born. What movie dominated? What song charted at the top? Who won the Oscars? I love the ’80s, so we’re flashing back to the Decade of Decadence, and landing in 1986.

When you think of big ’80s blockbusters, you think of “Top Gun,” which was the film of the year in 1986. With only a $15 million budget, the movie eventually raked in more than $350 million worldwide and has since been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Finishing in second and third, respectively, were “Crocodile Dundee” and “Platoon.”

As far as television goes, you probably could have guessed that “The Cosby Show” pulled in the most viewers for the second year in a row. An average of slightly more than 30 million people a week tuned in to laugh as Cliff and Clair Huxtable wrangled their five kiddos on NBC on Thursday nights. “Family Ties” and “Cheers,” both also on NBC, were the second and third top-rated shows that year.

In music, the Number 1 song on my birthday was “Amanda” by Boston, but Dionne Warwick and Friends’ “That’s What Friends Are For” was the biggest song. Also in 1986, we were introduced to music icon Whitney Houston with the release of her debut album, aptly titled, “Whitney Houston,” which dominated sales and has gone on to move 25 million units on shelves worldwide.

On paper, “Fatherhood” by Bill Cosby, and “It” by Stephen King, took home the best-seller crowns in the non-fiction and fiction categories, and Nigerian author Wole Soyinka became the first African to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.

At the Oscars, “Out of Africa” won Best Picture and Best Director (Sydney Pollack). William Hurt won Best Actor for “Kiss of the Spider Woman” and Geraldine Page took home the award for Best Actress for her performance in “A Trip to Bountiful.” Don Ameche won Best Supporting Actor for “Cocoon” and Anjelica Houston became a third-generation Oscar winner when she won Best Supporting Actress for “Prizzi’s Honor.”

The New York Mets won the World Series, the Boston Celtics won the NBA championship, the Stanley Cup went to the Montreal Canadians, and the Chicago Bears won Super Bowl XX.

Oh, and it was also the year that Bobby Ewing woke up to reveal the entire season of “Dallas” had been a dream.

Everyone I ask says the ’80s were totally rad, and judging by this brief look back, they are right.

Now, does anyone have a DeLorean I can borrow so I can go back and actually remember living in the era?

Chance Gibbs is an actor and writer living in the Dallas area. He’s appeared in numerous television shows, films, professional and community theater, and TV commercials and has been a contributor to news publications since 2007.

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