If you don't give a damn about my life, American history or film history (all of which are documented in this timeline), then head back home
I want to give a quick thank you to The Internet Movie Database. The movie titles will take you to summaries there.
I was born in Monticello, New York, which is way up in the Catskill Mountains.
Technically, I don't remember 1980. Hell, I was only alive for the last 4 months of the year.
Actually, something funny happened to me before I was born.
My mother was hit by a bowling ball in the hallway of a hotel!!
Apparently no done serious was damage.
The U.S. boycotted the Olympic Games.
John Lennon was shot to death December 8 by Mark Chapman
Again, I don't remember this year very well.
From discussions with my parents I've discovered that this was the year I learned to cry really loudly.
The Iranian hostage crises ended January 20.
John Hinkley, trying to impress Jodi Foster, shot President Reagan March 30.
All I could get out of my parents about 1982 is that they hated me for the entire year.
I'm happy they didn't make me take extra-strength Tylenol because seven people died in October when someone laced the pills with cyanide.
This is the year I learned how to catch, which lead to my eventual love of the game of baseball.
My family moved from New York to Tampa, Florida.
In the second largest theft in U.S. history, an employee of Wells Fargo stole $7 million in cash from a company warehouse in Connecticut.
Being the genius that I am, I entered kindergarten a year earlier than most children do.
Marvin Gaye was shot and killed April 1 during a domestic dispute with his father.
The Soviet Union boycotted the Summer Olympic Games.
After acing kindergarten, I was forced to repeat it because the bastards at the Florida Department of Education deemed children five years of age too young for first grade.
I began my Little League Baseball career.
Coca-Cola gave up on New Coke in April.
Reagan and Gorbachev met November 19 for a three-day summit.
I watched the Challenger disaster on television. It's sad that the earliest vivid memory I have is of such a horrible tragedy.
Remember Bill Buckner's error in game six of the world series? I do!
I learned never to trust women after an episode with a girl from my neighborhood. For some reason I ended up at the top of a slide holding one end of a jump rope, while she held the other end safely on the ground. Before I knew it, she let go. I fell backward and broke the 7 foot fall with my head.
Testifying under limited immunity, Lt. Col. Oliver North answered questions July 7 before House and Senate committees investigating the Iran-Contra scandal.
I don't remember anything significant happening, except for it being a bad year to be in a plane.
The American cruiser U.S.S. Vincennes shot down an Iranian commercial airliner, killing 290.
Pan Am Flight 103, flying from London to New York City, exploded December 21 and crashes into the Scottish village of Lockerbie. All 244 passengers, 15 crew members and 11 people on the ground were killed.
I played on my first all star team.
The Exxon Valdes spilled 265, 000 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Alaska on March 24.
On October 17 and magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Northern California killing 67 people and delaying the World Series.
I had been on the planet for a decade and at that time I began training for my world conquest campaign.
School was beginning to bore me, so I began reading more and more.
I think I've learned 1,000,000 times more from my own reading than from anything I've done in school.
On April 25, the $2.5 billion Hubble Space Telescope is deployed in space -- and it is problematic from the start. The primary mirror is flawed, blurring images and substantially reducing the telescope's ability to see distant stars or objects.
On August 2, claiming it had been invited in to restore order following the overthrow of Kuwait's Sabah dynasty, Iraqi troops and tanks storm across the border into Kuwait.
I officially became connected to the Internet. Well, I wasn't actually physically connected, but my family subscribed to AOL.
I remember we had hourly billing and I used to get in trouble for being on too long
Allied planes began bombing Iraqi defenses January 16, beginning the Gulf War.
On November 7, Magic Johnson annouced that he was HIV positive.
I began the 7th grade and I started learning to play the drums.
I actually convinced my parents to buy me a drum set, which I played loudly and often!
The Food and Drug Administration asked for a halt in the use of silicone breast implants on January 6.
Hurricane Andrew slammed into South Florida August 24, killing 13 and rendering 250,000 homeless.
My all star team made it more than half-way to the Little League World Series.
We finished 4th in Florida, but I was the losing pitcher in our final game in the tournament.
A huge bomb exploded in the garage below New York's World Trade Center February 26, killing five people and injuring more than 1000.
On June 23, Lorena Bobbitt was found guilty of malicious wounding of her husband, John Bobbitt, after she cut off his penis.
Although this was my 9th grade year, I did not enter high school yet. At that time, Hillsborough County had "junior high schools," which grouped 8th and 9th graders together.
I was the drum section leader of the McLane Junior High School Drum Line.
Kurt Cobain was found dead April 24, a victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot to the head.
On June 17, O.J. Simpson was charged with the slaying of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
Ah, Bloomingdale Senior High School, what memories I have of thee. I made the drumline, which was flat out awesome! And, I made the baseball team, which was pretty cool as well.
Jerry Garcia, guitarist and co-founder of the rock band Grateful Dead, died August 9 at a drug treatment center in California.
On June 15, O.J. Simpson tried on the "bloody glove" and was later acquitted of the murder charges.
I turned 16 and bought a 1986 Ford Mustang.
It was a horrible, horrible car. I think I worked on it more than I drove it.
My first nephew, Tyler Brock Youdal, was born on May 1.
On February 7, President Clinton signed the Communications Decency Act, part of the Telecommunications Act that is supposed to outlaw the transmission of sexually explicit material to minors via online computer networks.
A homemade pipe bomb explodeded July 27 at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, killing one, prompting another to suffer a fatal heart attack and injuring 111.
||If you look closely you'll see Kermit the Frog in the very first row. I'm second from the right in the next row.|
Thirty-nine members of the Heaven's Gate cult - including the cult's leader Marshall Herff Applewhite (is his son the quarteback for Texas A&M?)-- were found dead March 26 in a mansion in a suburb of San Diego.
After five weeks of testimony and nearly 24 hours of deliberation over four days, a federal jury in Denver found Timothy McVeigh guilty June 2 on 11 counts of conspiracy and murder for his part in the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
I went 2 for 2 in my final high school baseball game. We were two games away from the state finals, but alas, we fell short.
Graduation was graduation. I started college at the University of Georgia.
My second nephew, Tristan Bradley Youdal, was born on November 14.
The House of Representatives moved on December 19 to indict President Clinton on two articles of impeachment that charge that the president lied to a grand jury about his sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky and obstructed justice by trying to cover it up
Mark McGwire shattered the single season home record by hitting 70. Baseball experts said that the home run race between him and Sammy Sosa saved the game's reputation.
After my freshman year at the University of Georgia, I decided to transfer to the University of Florida.
The summer before I started at UF, I interned in the Media Relations Department of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Barbara Walters, Monica Lewinsky interview drew more than 70 million viewers on the night of March 3.
The Columbine shootings happened on April 20. I remember coming home from class, turning on the T.V. and being absolutley horrified.
Here I am, a year away from graduating from the University of Florida. This year has been rather troublesome, with grandparents dying, a horrid break-up, a brief bout with depressioin and a whole lot of stress from school.
But, I think I have become a stronger and better person because of everything I've gone through this year and all the years before.
My youngest nephew (so far), Noah Joshua Reigelhaupt (doesn't Friedman sound like such a normal name in comparison?), was born on February 28.
The Election looms closer and closer. My favorite part is the ease of comical sexual innuendos resulting from a certain Republican candidate's name.
As of November 1, I will have had my job as a server at the Olive Garden for 1 year!