1980s

1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 1989


1980

ACC

ACC President: Dr. Joseph K. Bailey
Enrollment (headcount/FTE): 6381/3438
Degrees Awards: 497
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $13.70/$51.60
ACC Happenings and Events: Cafeteria divided into smoking and non-smoking sections. Wizard dropped as ACC symbol. Nursing department took applications for fall in January, trying to figure how to enroll students in this most popular program.

President of the U.S.

Jimmy Carter (January 20, 1977-January 20, 1981)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Ordinary People
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Sailing, Christopher Cross
Time Person of the Year: Ronald Reagan
Nobel Prize Literature: Czeslaw Milosz, US
Nobel Peace Prize: Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Argentina
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Evita/Children of a Lesser God
Emmy Award: Taxi, Lou Grant

News and Events

News-Littleton: Land along the Platte is more valuable now that Chatfield Dam prevents future floods. Many old business are purchased for future developments.
News-Colorado: Charlie Ergen, Jim DeFranco, and Cantey McAdams form EchoSphere in Littleton.
News-U.S.: Mount St. Helens volcano, Washington State, erupts. EPA superfund created to clean up toxic-waste sites. Double digit inflation prices rise 12.4%. John Lennon assassinated.
News-Global: Israeli Parliament proclaims that a united Jerusalem is the capital of Israel rather than Tel Aviv

Sports

Sports: Winter Olympics: Lake Placid, New York. Summer Olympics: Moscow, Russia. U.S. boycotts Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, also announces grain embargo against the Soviet Union with the support of the European Commission.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 595.90
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.10
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 7.14
Prime Rate (%): 21.5
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -73,830,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 963.99

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 28,102.98
U.S. Population: 227.23 million
Littleton: 28,631
Colorado Population: 2,889,733

Current Events

Technology/Science: The wreck of the Titanic is found 12,000 feet deep in the North Atlantic
Art: Museum of Modern Art in NY shows "Pablo Picasso: A Retrospective. "Steve McQueen, Peter Sellers, Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Durante die
Fashion: Shoulders and shoulder pads. 1980s Fashion also featured, big shoulder shawls, Doc Martens, trainers, low heeled pumps, innovative hosiery and color coordination

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Chevrolet Citation
Food: The New England Culinary Institute was founded. McDonald's test marketed Chicken McNuggets in Knoxville, Tennessee. European Community countries banned the use of hormones in cattle feed. Herman Goelitz Company introduces the first American-made gummi bears and gummi worms
Toys: Cabbage Patch Kids


1981

ACC

ACC President: Norman Lloyd – Interim (5/81-12/81)
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $13.70/$51.60
ACC Happenings and Events: Dr. Bailey resigned as president. Norm Lloyd became Interim President. Spring School joined on with ACC, and new college signage was put out in front. Nancy Goodwin was picked as the third College President.

President of the U.S.

Ronald Reagan (January 1981- January 1989)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Chariots of Fire
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes
Time Person of the Year: Lech Walensa
Nobel Prize Literature: Elias Canetti, Bulgaria
Nobel Peace Prize: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Tony Award (Musical/Play): 42nd Street/Amadeus
Emmy Award: Taxi, Hill Street Blues

News and Events

News-Littleton: Railroad Depression Project starts. Town Hall renovated as Performing Arts Center.
News-Colorado: Dynasty first aired and become the longest running non-animated TV series set in Colorado (8 seasons, cf. Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman-6, Mork & Mindy-4).
News-U.S.: Attempted assassination of Ronald Reagan by John Hinckley. Sandra Day O'Connor becomes the U.S. Supreme Court's first female judge. IBM personal computer marketed. Public debt hits $1 trillion. Prime interest rate reaches 21.5%
News-Global: Greece becomes the 10th member of the European Community. Anwar Sadat, Egyptian President, is assassinated by soldiers while at a military parade.

Sports

Sports: Muhammad Ali retires from boxing.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 400.00
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.35
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 7.61
Prime Rate (%): 15.75
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -78,968,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 875

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 28,676.14
U.S. Population: 229.47 million
Littleton: 28,474

Current Events

Technology/Science: MRI scanner introduced, First vaccine for Hepatitis B, first space shuttle launch
Art: Italy begins a $3 million restoration of Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Natalie Woods dies

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Chrysler Reliant
Food: Lean Cuisine frozen dinners were introduced. The artificial sweetener aspartame was approved by the FDA. The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program. Jell-O Gelatin Pops were introduced. After their success in Europe, M&M Mars introduces Skittle Bite Size Candies to the United States
Toys: Masters of the Universe Action Figure


1982

ACC

ACC President: Nancy Goodwin
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $13.70/$51.60
ACC Happenings and Events: ACC leases Grant School from Littleton Public Schools for a year for more classroom space. Goodwin's first decision was to convert to semesters in the fall. Pickle Ball added to gym activities. Semester Plus added during holiday break and Weekend College joined the calendar. General Motors held classes on campus and Madrigal Dinner ended school year on high note.

President of the U.S.

Ronald Reagan (January 1981- January 1989)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Gandhi
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Rosanna, Toto
Time Person of the Year: The Computer (first non-human)
Nobel Prize Literature: Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombia
Nobel Peace Prize: Alfonso Garcia Robles, Alva Myrdal
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Nine/Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby
Emmy Award: Barney Miller, Hill Street Blues

News and Events

News-Littleton: “Littleton is Booming”. Littleton is no longer seen as a little town.
News-Colorado: The 16th Street Mall in Denver opens.
News-U.S.: USA Today introduced. Braniff International declares bankruptcy. Computer "mouse" introduced by Apple. First successful embryo transfer is performed.
News-Global: Princess Grace of Monaco, the former actress Grace Kelly, dies after an auto crash. Princess Diana gives birth to a boy, William, 2nd.

Sports

Sports: National Football League players go on strike against the league's 28 teams, demanding a share of the gate and TV revenues

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 447.00
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.35
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 9.69
Prime Rate (%): 11.5
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -127,977,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 1046.54

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 28,072.12
U.S. Population: 231.66 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: First permanent artificial heart implant, prions discovered, first Venus soils sampled
Art: EPCOT Center opens at Disney World. Arthur Rubinstein dies in Geneva.
Fashion: The most successful styles were moderately subdued, in durable fabrics that required little upkeep and in quiet, basic colors.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Food: Diet Coke was introduced. Bud Light beer was introduced by Anheuser-Busch. First genetically engineered crop plant developed (tomato). Crystal Light powdered drink mix is introduced by General Foods. Newman's Own Food is founded by Paul Newman and he devotes the profits to charity. Wolfgang Puck and his wife & partner, Barbara Lazaroff, opened their restaurant 'Spago' in Los Angeles. Goo Goo Cluster introduced
Toys: Glo Worm, My Little Pony


1983

ACC

ACC President: Nancy Goodwin
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $33.80/$105.30
Faculty of the Year: Curt Buchholtz
ACC Happenings and Events: Houston Waring Theater dedicated. Low enrollment means 8.5 faculty reductions. Campus ministry opens an office. West parking lot was finally paved. Darkroom opened in the North Building. ACCent Cable TV show debuted.

President of the U.S.

Ronald Reagan (January 1981- January 1989)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Terms of Endearment
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Beat It, Michael Jackson
Time Person of the Year: Ronald Reagan and Yuri Andropov
Nobel Prize Literature: William Golding, UK
Nobel Peace Prize: Lech Walesa, Poland
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Cats/Torch Song Trilogy
Emmy Award: Cheers, Hill Street Blues

News and Events

News-Littleton: Town Hall reopens as a performance center
News-Colorado: Federico Peña assumes office as the first Hispanic Mayor of the City and County of Denver.
News-U.S.: NutraSweet introduced. Martin Luther Kings Day becomes a national holiday. Cabbage Patch dolls. Cellular telephone become available
News-Global: United States invades Grenada. Klaus Barbie, the Nazi nicknamed "The Butcher of Lyons," is discovered hiding in La Paz, Bolivia.

Sports

Sports: Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies becomes baseball's all-time leading strikeout pitcher.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 380.00
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.35
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 9.61
Prime Rate (%): 11
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -207,802,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 1258.64

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 28,748.20
U.S. Population: 233.79 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: Camcorder introduced, HIV virus identified, 3D printer invented, first GMO created
Art: Stylish skyscrapers spring up in the big cities. Videocassette recorders are catching on throughout the U.S.
Fashion: With more women moving in executive roles in the workplace, the demand for business suits increased.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): AMC Renault Alliance
Food: Karen Carpenter died from anorexia nervosa. The last hand cranked telephones in the United States were taken out of service as the 440 telephone customers in Bryant Pond, Maine were switched over to direct dial service. Alfred Heineken, president of Heineken (the beer) was kidnapped on Nov 9. He was freed on November 30 after a ransom was paid (over $20 million). The kidnappers were eventually caught. Angelo Fraggos invents Nerds.
Toys: Care Bear


1984

ACC

ACC President: Dr. James Weber
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $36.30/$113.30
Classified Employee of the Year: Lynda Wilson
ACC Happenings and Events: Childcare Center expands to North Building. A "coffee house" added to Labyrinth. Much controversy centered over Goodwin's decisions and she resigned in May. Jim Weber appointed President. Ground breaking for $350 million Riverfront Project.

President of the U.S.

Ronald Reagan (January 1981- January 1989)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Amadeus
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: What's Love Got To Do with It, Tina Turner
Time Person of the Year: Peter Ueberroth
Nobel Prize Literature: Jaroslav Seifert, Czechoslovakia
Nobel Peace Prize: Desmond Tutu, South Africa
Tony Award (Musical/Play): La Cage aux folles/Real Thing
Emmy Award: Cheers, Hill Street Blues

News and Events

News-Littleton: Centennial Race Track closes. Littleton Riverfront redevelopment begins
News-Colorado: Alan Berg is murdered at his home in Denver by members of The Order.
News-U.S.: New York State imposes first mandatory automobile seat belt law. Trivial Pursuit has sales of $777 million.
News-Global: Great Britain agrees to return Hong Kong to China in 1997 when Britain's 99-year lease on the crown colony runs out.

Sports

Sports: Scott Hamilton wins the Olympic gold medal in Men's Figure Skating at the XIV Olympic Winter Games in Sarajevo. Winter Olympics: Sarajevo, Bosnia. Summer Olympics: Los Angeles, U.S.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 308.00
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.35
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 7.52
Prime Rate (%): 10.75
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -185,367,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 1211.57

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 30,777.91
U.S. Population: 325.83 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: First untethered spacewalk
Art: New Orleans World's Fair closes, considered a flop. Singer Marvin Gaye is fatally show by his father. Vanessa Williams became first Miss America to resign.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Chevrolet Corvette
Food: The Apple Macintosh computer was introduced in a TV commercial ("1984") during Super Bowl XVIII. Two days later they went on sale to the public. The Monterey Bay Aquarium opened. Built on Cannery Row in Monterey, California on the site of an old sardine cannery, it is the world's largest. Michael Jackson's hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi commercial. Extra, which was introduced by Wrigley in 1984, was once the world's No. 1 sugar-free gum, thanks to high-intensity sweeteners that prolonged its flavor
Toys: Transformers, Pound Puppy


1985

ACC

ACC President: Dr. James Weber
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $42.80/$123.80
Faculty of the Year: Thom Sorensen
ACC Happenings and Events: Pete Smythe played concert on campus. Loretto Heights and ACC inked student transfer pact. Big strategic planning sessions pulled the College together. Jake Jabs spoke to graduates. Computer assisted drafting classes added. Governor Lamm talked at ACC. Smoking issues clouded campus.

President of the U.S.

Ronald Reagan (January 1981- January 1989)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Out of Africa
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: We Are the World, USA for Africa
Time Person of the Year: Deng Xiaoping
Nobel Prize Literature: Claude Simon, France
Nobel Peace Prize: International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Big River/Biloxi Blues
Emmy Award: Cosby Show, Cagney & Lacey

News and Events

News-Littleton: 640 acres acquired for South Platte Park
News-Colorado: Maybell records an ambient air temperature of −61 °F (−51.7 °C), setting the all-time Colorado record low temperature.
News-U.S.: Dow Jones Industrials average tops 1900. U.S. national debt tops $2 billion.
News-Global: World awareness of famine in Third World countries spark "We Are the World" and Live Aid. Also, awareness of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is raised with the death of actor Rock Hudson.

Sports

Sports: Pete Rose surpasses Ty Cobb's all-time record for career base hits, singling for the 4129th hit of his career. Libby Riddles becomes the first woman to win the grueling Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race in Alaska.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 327.00
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.35
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 7.20
Prime Rate (%): 9.5
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -212,308,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 1546.67

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 31,648.34
U.S. Population: 237.92 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: Buckyball discovered, quantum dots discovered
Art: Christo's latest extravaganza of outdoor sculpture is Paris's Pont Neuf, wrapped in 44,000 square yards of cloth.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Volkswagen GTI
Food: A bottle of 1787 Chateau Lafite Bordeaux that had belonged to Thomas Jefferson, sold at Christie’s London for 105,000 British Pounds ($158,000). The world's most expensive wine. James Beard, culinary expert and cookbook author, died in New York at age 81. The wreckage of the British luxury liner 'Titanic' was located 73 years after it sank. This inspired a new interest in the menu and last meals that were served on the ship. Strawberry Fields, a 2 1/2 acre garden memorial in New York City's Central Park, was formally dedicated to John Lennon. Sour Patch Kids migrate to the United States.
Toys: Teddy Ruxpin


1986

ACC

ACC President: Dr. James Weber
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $42.70/$123.70
Faculty of the Year: Peggy Cole
ACC Happenings and Events: Bridey Murphy (Virginia Morrow) speaks on campus. Waring Theatre vandalized. Smoking areas designated for campus. $60,000 student lounge finished. ACC turned 20 to much hoopla. Fitness Center opened. Books accounted for 32% of student college costs. Dave Wopat sang on campus. Amazing Kreskin entertained students and found his paycheck hidden on campus.

President of the U.S.

Ronald Reagan (January 1981- January 1989)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Platoon
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Higher Love, Steve Winwood
Time Person of the Year: Corazon Aquino
Nobel Prize Literature: Wole Soyinka, Nigeria
Nobel Peace Prize: Elie Wiesel, U.S.
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Mystery of Edwin Drood/I'm Not Rappaport
Emmy Award: Golden Girls, Cagney & Lacey

News and Events

News-Littleton: Controversial cement Pods are removed in Downtown Littleton
News-U.S.: Space Shuttle Challenger accident, killing all seven aboard (including school teacher Christa McAuliffe) and grounding the nation's space program for 2 1/2 years. Sears celebrates 100th anniversary. Office Depot opens
News-Global: Iran-Contra scandal breaks. Marshall Islands become independent. Royal wedding of Prince Andrew, 4th in line to the British throne, and Sarah Ferguson.

Sports

Sports: Dodge Morgan sails solo around the world in a record 150 days.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 390.90
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.35
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 6.99
Prime Rate (%): 7.5
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -221,227,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 1895.95

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 32,529.89
U.S. Population: 240.13 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: Chernobyl nuclear disaster, space shuttle Challenger tragedy
Art: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its first 10 members. Painter Andrew Wyeth sells 240 watercolors and other pieces whose existence until now was known only to him and his subject, Helga.
Fashion: Mink was the fur of choice in 1986. The long, full wool coat emerged the fall of 1986 as everyone’s favorite fashion. Men's fashion industry marks the centennial of the tuxedo, created when tobacco magnate Griswold Lorillard shortened his dress coat for a dance in tuxedo, NY.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Ford Taurus LX
Food: Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn is introduced by General Mills. Chernobyl nuclear plant in the Ukraine explodes. The worst nuclear disaster in history. In addition to the human toll, agriculture and livestock was contaminated by radiation in large areas of Europe for years to come.
Toys: Snoopy Sno-Cone Machine


1987

ACC

ACC President: Dr. James Weber
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $46.45/$131.45
Faculty of the Year: Peggy Cole
ACC Happenings and Events: ACC and Metro join forces at the Triad. Half Moon made its debut turning the old Labyrinth into "Deco heaven." Condom controversy covered the campus: to sell or not. Ike Pappas, CBS news correspondent, spoke on campus. First London Semester took 22 ACC students abroad.

President of the U.S.

Ronald Reagan (January 1981- January 1989)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: The Last Emperor
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Graceland, Paul Simon
Time Person of the Year: Mikhail Gorbachev
Nobel Prize Literature: Joseph Brodsky, U.S.
Nobel Peace Prize: Oscar Arias Sanchez, Costa Rica
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Les Miserables/Fences
Emmy Award: Golden Girls, LA Law

News and Events

News-Littleton: R.R. depression project completed. First time trains move through Littleton without interrupting traffic since 1872.
News-Colorado: The National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum opens in Leadville.
News-U.S.: Clean water bill passes. Supercomputer capable of 1,720 billion computations per second goes online
News-Global: The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty is signed in Washington, D.C. President Reagan and Soviet Premier Gorbachev.

Sports

Sports: The Denver Broncos defeat the Cleveland Browns 23 to 20 in overtime to win the American Football Conference Championship. The Drive becomes a part of American football lore. Two weeks later, the Broncos lose Super Bowl XXI to the New York Giants 39 to 20.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 486.50
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.35
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 6.19
Prime Rate (%): 8.75
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -149,730,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 1938.83

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 33,332.51
U.S. Population: 242.29 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: First laser surgery on a human cornea
Art: Andy Warhol died. American painter of the pop art movement. In the 1960s he made paintings of Campbell's Soup cans, Coca-Cola cans and other American products. Van Gogh's Irises is auctioned for a record $53.9 million at Sotheby's in NYC.
Fashion: The big news in fashion in 1987 was the resurgence of the short skirt. The new hemlines bared the knees and sometimes went to mid thigh.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Ford Thunderbird Turbo Coupe
Food: Kellogg's ended tours of its breakfast cereal plant for fear that industrial spies would obtain company secrets. Red M&Ms return. There were none since 1976. Snapple Iced Tea drinks are introduced.
Toys: Koosh Ball


1988

ACC

ACC President: Dr. James Weber
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $49.60/$147.10
Faculty of the Year: Alex Labk
ACC Happenings and Events: Triad campus opens in Denver Tech Center. Governor Roy Romer speaks to students. Famous Amos speaks to student and gives out cookies. One-stop Admission Center opened. William Coors spoke at graduation. ACC Knights football team joined the sports program. New parking lot added south of campus. Physical Therapy program joined campus curriculum.

President of the U.S.

Ronald Reagan (January 1981- January 1989)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Rain Man
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Don't Worry, Be Happy, Bobby McFerrin
Time Person of the Year: Endangered Earth (Planet of the Year)
Nobel Prize Literature: Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt
Nobel Peace Prize: United Nations Peacekeeping Forces
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Phantom of the Opera/M. Butterfly
Emmy Award: Wonder Years, Thirtysomething

News and Events

News-Colorado: Voters in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties approved the creation of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.
News-U.S.: Robots are used for fruit picking. 1 million fax machines purchased
News-Global: For the first time since the Russian Revolution of 1917, Russian voters have a choice of parties and candidates in parliamentary elections. Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty goes into effect

Sports

Sports: The Denver Broncos defeat the Cleveland Browns 38 to 33 to win the American Football Conference Championship. Two weeks later, the Broncos lose Super Bowl XXII to the Washington Redskins 42 to 10. Winter Olympics: Calgary, Canada. Summer Olympics: Seoul, Korea

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 410.15
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.358
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 5.51
Prime Rate (%): 10.5
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -155,178,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 2168.57

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 34,521.61
U.S. Population: 244.50 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: A US survey concludes that a daily aspirin halves the risk of a heart attack. Stephen Hawking book A Brief History of Time published
Art: Jackson Pollock's The Search sells for $4.8 million at a Sotheby's auction in NYC.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Pontiac Grand Prix SE
Food: Lower fat dairy products gain widespread acceptance. Low fat and skim milk sales combined exceed whole milk sales for first time. Hershey’s Chocolate Company is renamed Hershey Chocolate USA.
Toys: Glow Stick, Skip-It


1989

ACC

ACC President: Dr. James Weber
Cost per Credit Hour (Residents/Non Residents): $51.10/$153.10
Faculty of the Year: Laura Jones
Classified Employee of the Year: Deb Lechuga
ACC Happenings and Events: Record numbers registered, filling the College's classrooms. Phase 1 of the Main Building was completed with roof remodeling. ACC moved to new facilities on West Alamo. Pizza Hut came to campus. Smoking banned on 4th floor. Ben Nighthorse Campbell comes to campus.

President of the U.S.

George H.W. Bush (January 20, 1989-January 20, 1993)

Entertainment

Best Picture/Academy Awards: Driving Miss Daisy
Record of the Year/Grammy Awards: Wind Beneath My Wings, Bette Midler
Time Person of the Year: Mikhail Gorbachev (Man of the Decade)
Nobel Prize Literature: Camilo Jose Cela, Spain
Nobel Peace Prize: Dalai Lama, Tibet
Tony Award (Musical/Play): Jerome Robbins Broadway/Heidi Chronicles
Emmy Award: Cheers, LA Law

News and Events

News-Littleton: Littleton Hospital opens
News-Colorado: The City and County of Denver holds a ground-breaking ceremony for a new airport to replace the aging Stapleton International Airport.
News-U.S.: Federal government spends $159 billion to bail out savings and loan industry. Warner Communications and Time, Inc. merge. Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound
News-Global: President Bush and Soviet Premier Gorbachev release statements indicating that the Cold War between their nations may be coming to an end. Symbolic elsewhere around the world was the fall of the Berlin Wall in Germany

Sports

Sports: Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds manager, is banned from baseball for life for betting on games.

Economics

Price of Gold (Dollars): 401.00
Minimum Wage (Dollars): 3.35
U.S. Unemployment (%) US/CO: 5.27
Prime Rate (%): 10.5
U.S. Government Spending/Surplus or Deficit ($): -152,639,000
Dow Jones Industrial Average (end of year): 2753.2

Demographics

GDP (U.S. Gross Domestic Product per capita): 35,478.22
U.S. Population: 246.82 million

Current Events

Technology/Science: First manipulation of atoms
Art: The year's highest priced painting is Pablo Picasso's Pierrett's Wedding, which brings $51.3 million at a Paris auction.
Fashion: The fashion focus in 1989 was on jackets as the staple of most women’s wardrobes. Linen, wool and silk were the fabrics of choice.

Miscellaneous

Car of the Year (Motor Trend): Ford Thunderbird T Bird
Food: Hershey's reduces the size of the Hershey bar to 1.55 ounces. The price remains 40 cents. Lucille Ball died. Two of the funniest food related comedy routines ever done were the chocolate factory and the grape stomping episodes from her TV show, 'I Love Lucy.' Jack Dietz holds the world's record for watermelon seed spitting, 66 feet 11 inches. There are contests in many locations throughout the U.S. in the spring and summer. Hershey introduces the Symphony Bar, a combination of almonds, toffee, and milk chocolate.
Toys: Polly Pocket