Stuff I Did in the '80s
Risky (Show) Business
Risky (Show) Business

There was a big boom of teen movies in the ’80s. The theaters were as packed as a kegger at someone’s house party. I watched these films so many times that I could quote them (I still can). They also had an influence on my notions of the teenage experience as it should be in high school, which was probably not the best lifestyle to emulate. Consider these three beloved blockbusters:

Risky Business is about a guy who has to earn enough money to get his Porsche repaired, after being chased by his new girlfriend’s pimp. His solution is to throw a hooker party for all of his high school bros and charge them for it.

Sixteen Candles illustrates that if a geek has the connections to help the senior prom king get a date with a sophomore gal, the senior will trade his wasted drunk prom queen...and the geek can do what he wants with her because she may or may not remember it in the morning and neither will he.

Pretty in Pink reveals that if you are the type of guy who communicates his feelings and is always there for the girl, who has been your best friend for years, she’ll return your dedication by dating a rich guy and leaving you in the dust...just as her mom left her poor broken dad. Oh, the humanity!

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Introduction Half a Boombox I’m Not a Member I was Simon Le Bon (For Fifteen Minutes) Motown 25 Watch Whatever, Whenever Snowblind You’re the One That I Want Call Me Your Kiss is on My List Electric Boogaloo Dear Daryl Hall and John Oates Where Shopping is a Pleasure Dialect of a Decade I’m Alright The Sunshine State Shazam! It’s Just a Fantasy I’ve Got a Secret Sunday Funnies Impeachment American Top 40 License to Drive Risky (Show) Business Jumping Someone Else’s Train Yakety Sax I Want to be Elton John When I Grow Up Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Tetherball, Dodgeball & Flag Football Sk8 or Go Home Roll a Saving Throw vs. Velour Piano Man The Duckman Cometh Money for Nothing Waiting for the Bus More Than Meets the Eye The Legend Begins Whip It When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best Keeping the Faith
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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.