I was born in the (early) sixties, but suffered from viral encephalitis in the eighties which means there's a swathe of that decade which has just vanished from my memory. Sometimes it's a bit like a shoebox full of memories, scraps are in there and I manage to dig out the whole picture eventually, bit other things have gone forever - like the birth of my two eldest daughters for example. I was present at both yet remember neither :'(
Oh bugger HG, that's horrible. Heart goes out to you mate.
Mind you I still wake up screaming having dreamt about the missus poo-pebble-dashing the wall after having an epidural again. That's not so clever.
Anyway. Born late 60's. SO the 80s was the BEST decade. I managed to lose something that most boys want to lose as quickly as possible. I spent 1988-1989 in permanent drug and alcohol-fuelled haze.
I got to see the Stones, AC/DC, Ozzy, Gary Moore, Van Halen and a bunch of others. I toured Europe and North Africa with a mate and narrowly avoided getting killed by some manic Berbers in Tangiers and two nasty pimps in Algeciras.
Yep, if there was a Back to the Future Delorian, I know what I'd set it to.
Ask me what I've done since then, and I scratch my head.
For some reason, the movie "The Day After" came to mind when I read the original post. I was about thirteen when it showed on TV and it just freaked me right the hell out. I think I was probably in the last round of kids that felt a real sense that nuclear war was a concrete and immediate probability. Not a high probability, but "what if there's a nuclear war" was something that I thought about as a kid. By the time I was in college (in '92) that was really not something that I worried about anymore.
I'm also in the last generation, maybe, that listened to that Prince song, "1999", and thought it was about the future. :)