In ‘83, 30 years ago…
This Homecoming weekend reunites the class of 1983 for their 30-year reunion. Here is a look at what life was like back then:
-Junior Donna Del Ray of Delta Gamma and senior Brian Johnson were selected Homecoming king and queen in 1982.
-A few prominent members of the class of 1983 include Mark Amodei, who became a U.S. Congressman in 2011, William Dorfman, D.D.S., who became a well-known cosmetic dentist, and Morrison England, who attended the McGeorge School of Law in 1983 and is now the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
-In 1983, the City of Stockton awarded Janet Leigh, who attended Pacific, the Career Achievement Award for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” in 1982.
-On Pacific’s campus, scenes were shot in 1982 for “Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark” as well as in 1984 for the sequel “Temple of Doom.”
-The Pacific women’s volleyball team made it to the Final Four, beat Cal Poly and Penn State along the way, and finally fell to University of Southern California.
-Top songs of the year included The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and “Billie Jean,” Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This),” and Def Leppard’s “Rock of Ages.”
-Steven Howell became a founding member of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Pacific. In June 2013, he became the dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science.
-Bob Cope became head coach of the Pacific Tigers football team.
-Some notable movies released in 1983 include “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi,” “Monty Python’s The Meaning Of Life,” “Jaws 3,” “Superman III,” and “Twilight Zone: The Movie.”
-On Sept. 26, Russian defense received a report that the U.S. was launching a missile. However, Stanislav Petrov, lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces, learned that it was a false alarm. Without his aid, Russia would have likely engaged in a retaliatory attack. Petrov kept the Cold War from turning hot in 1983.
-This was the year that the infamous “moonwalk” was revealed by the king of pop: Michael Jackson.
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