Most Popular Feature Films Released In 1981  (according to IMDB.com)
1.  Arthur (1981)  - LOVED IT!!!
 Arthur is a happy drunk with no pretensions at any ambition. He is also the heir to a vast fortune which...Dir: Steve Gordon With: Dudley MooreLiza MinnelliJohn Gielgud.  Comedy | Romance  97 mins.
2.  Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)  -  Adore Harrison Ford
 Archeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones is hired by the US government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis.Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Harrison FordKaren AllenPaul Freeman  Action | Adventure115 mins.
3.  Das Boot (1981)  - Haven't seen this one.
 The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.Dir: Wolfgang Petersen With: Jürgen ProchnowHerbert GrönemeyerKlaus Wennemann  Action | Drama | History | War149 mins.
4.  Excalibur (1981)  -  Yet another GREAT epic movie - SUPERB!
 A spirited accounting of one of the most obscure periods of the world's history. This reprisal is magical in its execution and gives its audience something to watch.Dir: John Boorman With: Nigel TerryHelen MirrenNicholas Clay  Adventure | Drama | Fantasy140 mins.
5.  The Evil Dead (1981)  -  Haven't seen this one either.
 Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.Dir: Sam Raimi With: Bruce CampbellEllen SandweissRichard DeManincor  Horror85 mins.
6.  Stripes (1981) -  A laugh a minute - good movie.  One of Bill Murray's best, other than "What About Bob".
 Two friends who are dissatisfied with their jobs decide to join the army for a bit of fun.Dir: Ivan Reitman With: Bill MurrayJohn CandyHarold Ramis  Comedy | War106 mins.
7.  Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)   - Mel Gibson?  Of course!!!
 In the post-apocalyptic Australian wasteland, a cynical drifter agrees to help a small, gasoline rich, community escape a band of bandits.Dir: George Miller With: Mel GibsonBruce SpenceMichael Preston  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller95 mins.
8.  Escape from New York (1981)  - Kurt Russell is hot.  :)
 In 1997, when the US President crashes into Manhattan, now a giant max. security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in for a rescue.Dir: John Carpenter With: Kurt RussellLee Van CleefErnest Borgnine  Action | Adventure | Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller99 mins.
9.  Clash of the Titans (1981)  -  Watched this movie at least 798 times.
 A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda.Dir: Desmond Davis With: Laurence OlivierHarry HamlinClaire Bloom  Action | Adventure | Fantasy | Family | Romance118 mins.
10.  For Your Eyes Only (1981)  -  James Bond never dies.  :)  I do like Sean Connery better as Bond though.  Now HE'S a VERY hot older gentleman!  
  Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands.Dir: John Glen With: Roger MooreCarole BouquetTopol  Action | Adventure | Thriller127 mins.
 
 
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We're going to celebrate!  Yes, 30 years ago this week we were blessed with our son, Tyler. As most of you know, he has been celebrating with Jesus for seven years now.  So let's have some fun, remembering back with some trivia, historical happenings, and just plain fun - that's what the 80's was all about, right?  And Tyler loved to have fun and laugh.

Let's start with the cost of living 30 years ago - this was an eye opener.  :)

Cost Of Living 1981How Much things cost in 1981
Yearly Inflation Rate USA 10.35% 
Year End Close Dow Jones Industrial Average  875 
Interest Rates Year End Federal Reserve  15.75% 
Average Cost of new house  $78,200.00 
Average Income per year  $21,050.00 
Average Monthly Rent  $315.00 
Cost of a gallon of Gas  $1.25 (WOW!!!)
Sinclair ZX80 $199.95 (what's this?)
19 inch Color TV $399.95 


WOW!  Do you believe all that?  Wish the gas prices were as low as then, or even double the old price would be okay.  HA!  
Video killed the radio star!  And who doesn't like Pat Benatar!  WOW!  And where are those VJ's these days?  This is wonderful - give it a watch and it will take you back and make you smile.