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10 Things You’ll Remember If You Grew Up In The 80s In Michigan

The 1980s were a wild time for America. Big hair, shopping malls, and excess were all considered the norm. And in the middle of it all, we had Michigan. The state was struggling to overcome competition in the automotive industry from foreign car makers, causing our once Blue State to fracture, in hopes of turning around the economy. A now globally-embraced music genre, techno, was in its infancy in a Detroit suburb. And we were saying goodbye to old and welcoming new symbols of popular culture. Have a look for yourself.

Part of me wants to forget, but then again where would we be if not for these developments? We know there’s so much more to the ’80s in Michigan than what we’ve shown you, though. Tell us about your biggest memories from that decade.

Serena Maria Daniels
Serena Maria Daniels is an award-winning freelance journalist in Detroit, by way of Chicago, by way of the West Coast. She writes about Michigan for OIYS. Serena enjoys learning about language and culture and taking road trips with her beagle Ralph.