Stuff I Did in the '80s
When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best
When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best

Making a mixtape for someone was an act of true devotion. Whether you had a dual cassette deck or (like me) had to record songs as they were played on the radio via Casey Kasem’s American Top 40, filling both sides of a 90-minute Maxell cassette was a serious amount of work.

Special thought had to be given to the song titles alone so that they revealed your intent when first read by the recipient. Next, you had to pay attention to the playing order of the songs. Side one generally conveyed the fun and joy you felt when thinking of this person. Side two deepened the mood with more serious tracks.

Woe to the giver of the mixtape who had not fully read or understood all the lyrics of the songs they’d recorded. Many song titles and rhythms gave a sense of blooming love, but their lyrics often told another story (i.e., The Police’s Every Breath You Take).

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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 Master Chef Muppetmania I Want to Ride My Bicycle WW III My Octopus Teacher Some Like it Hot Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs Dare to Be Stupid 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.