Stuff I Did in the '80s
Electric Boogaloo
Electric Boogaloo

On a Friday night in 1984 I heard a synth rhythm that broke through the electric cacophony of the busy video games in our local arcade. As I entered the bustling galleria of the Jupiter Mall, a group of b-boys laid out a large flattened cardboard box on the tiled floor and cranked up their mega-jambox.

The dancing that ensued was unlike anything I’d ever seen in person: the windmill, head spin, the robot and the worm. I didn’t know dancers could even move like that. The popping movements were so mesmerizing and perfectly in sync with the thumping bass booming from the speakers. Back home I tried to replicate those sick moves in front of the bathroom mirror while also attempting to beatbox. My mom walked in and asked if I was okay. I was such a dweeb.

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.