Friday, April 18, 2008

'80s Flashback: Parachute pants

Friday is here again, so it's time for another '80s Flashback.

Before a word from our sponsor, here are the recent '80s Flashbacks:

'80s Flashback: Rambo cartoon
'80s Flashback: Psyche!
'80s Flashback: Jim and Tammy Faye
'80s Flashback: Avoid the noid
'80s Flashback: Mary Lou Retton
'80s Flashback: One night in Bangkok
'80s Flashback: Adams Atoms
'80s Flashback: Don't you forget about me

OK. This week's flashback is brought to you by Pyraminx, the puzzle that tried to cash in after the popularity of the Rubik's Cube. It was easier to solve, but I never took the time to solve it or the Rubik's Cube. I was busy wasting time on the Atari 2600 (gotta love the wood veneer!).

On to the flashback. This week we remember parachute pants, which were popular in the '80s (and in the '90s in rural parts of Minnesota where I visited.) Breakdancing helped parachute pants become popular.

I never owned a pair because I didn't feel brave or cool enough to wear the "hey, look at me" bright colors typical of the pants. But the bagginess of the pants would've been a plus because I was on the heavy side as a kid. (I had a lot of pants with labels that said "Husky.")

The parachute pants got baggier by the late '80s, leading to this: