the 80s stories

 
The 1980s were a crazy time. We elected a former B-movie actor to defend the free world, replaced Coke with a new version only to change our minds shortly thereafter, and found entertainment in the hijinks of a fuzzy brown puppet alien. It was also a time when computers and other formerly high-end electronics started to gain a foothold as standard household products. Of course, the promise of a Buck Rogers future world didn't quite live up to the hype — but don't tell that to the electronics marketing teams of the day. We've assembled the top gadget commercials from the 1980s* complete with all the adorable naiveté, synthesizer music, and graphic effects that decade of cheesy excess could muster. Enjoy! *For the point of this post, we're defining "the 80s," as the era between 1977 and 1990. Note: you won't be seeing that groundbreaking Ridley Scott-directed Apple commercial from 1984 as we were scoring on the basis of unintended irony, timeliness, and overall 1980s awesomeness.
 
A relic from the '80s, Reagan's "Star Wars" program, or Strategic Defense Initiative, involved lasers designed to shoot down satellites. Decades later, I'm happy to report that we're looking into how to turn those lasers on mosquitoes. Yep, you read...