Today's post for the October Memoir and Backstory Blog Challenge is by Jon Egan
The dingo took my baby, she screamed for all to hear,
The Shuttle launched and landed, despite a nation's fear,
Walesa said, enough's, enough, Solidarity was formed,
John Lennon killed in NYC, the whole world sat and mourned.
Earthquake hits in Italy, near five thousand dead,
"Who shot J.R. Ewing?" is the question in my head,
Colonel Sanders left us, for the fryer in the sky,
Bobby Sands on hunger strike until the day he died,
Reagan wins election, the Hostages are free,
For fifteen hundred bucks, you can have your own PC,
Egypt’s Sadat is shot and killed, Bob Marley’s in the grave,
The CDC announces that five have died from AIDS.
Sandra Day O’Connor, first woman on the Court,
South Africa invades… and another war is fought,
MTV goes to air, and screens the Buggles first,
Pepsi dared to challenge Coke and won the nations thirst.
Video Killed the Radio Star
Lady Di got married to Charles the Prince of Wales,
Janet Cooke from Washington, got busted telling tales,
The Rubik’s cube distracted me, for seven days at least,
Ali said goodbye to being, the Butterfly and Beast.
The Oscar went to Chariots, but Raiders was the best,
Stephen King’s “Cujo,” had me putting down the rest,
Pink Floyd yelled at teachers, and put bricks into the Wall,
AC/DC’s “Back in Black” had Aussies standing tall.
These are just some memories from years and years ago,
Some changed our life immensely and some were just so-so,
I’m sure there’s some that you recall and some I shoulda seen,
But these are ones that meant the most when I was Seventeen.