Thirty Days of Thanks – Late 80’s and Early 90’s

I would like to express my gratitude for the Late 1980’s and Early 90’s for molding and shaping me into the person I am today. I would like to explain a few aspects of my life that would be plain vanilla without the cultural influence that came from the 80’s and 90’s.

Without the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles I wouldn’t have the insatiable urge to eat cold pizza for breakfast while shouting “Cowabunga” from the rooftops. They also taught me that Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael weren’t just artists from the Renaissance period but they were also turtles. Turtles that had been genetically altered and mutated into muscular fighting teenagers who were trained in martial arts and on top of that given weapons.

Mr RogersWithout Mr. Rogers I wouldn’t have the understanding that if you encounter older men with puppets that you don’t necessarily need to call Chris Hansen from Dateline. However this is not the case with Pee Wee’s Playhouse as we later found out. Pee Wee’s Playhouse probably did more harm than good. Either way, both of these shows taught me that creativity is the key that would unlock doors for me in the future. So thank you Mr. Rogers with your trip to the crayon factory and Pee Wee with your giant underwear and talking chair.


Without the Ghostbusters I wouldn’t know that marshmallows can explode when you cross the steams of your proton pack. Also now I know the answer to the following question: “If there’s somethin’ strange in your neighborhood, Who ya gonna call?” Also up until actually seeing this movie I thought all ghosts were bad ghosts, even Casper, so thanks Slimer.


Without Sesame Street I would have a greater acceptance for the homeless population since the show taught me that the majority are Grouches who live in trash cans and cuss at people. I can also walk away from Sesame Street with the understanding that Snuffaluffagus was basically a junkie who just following Big Bird around all day asking him for favors. Makes you wonder what those writers and directors were doing for recreation behind the scenes.

My list of thanks and appreciation could go on and on, I just wanted to share the biggest contributors out of the bunch with you. I draw inspiration from my experiences of yesteryear and do my best to apply what I’ve learned to all that I do today.

Thanks Late 80’s and Early 90’s!

– Ben