In celebration of Cobalt Sky has turning 30 this year, I decided to have a look and see what’s out there that’s the same age as us! As we have entered our fourth decade of existence, here are just a few other things that have turned thirty years old with us. I promise I’m not trying to make anyone feel old!
- Disney’s original animated version of ‘The Little Mermaid’ movie was released in November 1989. It seems like it has come full circle with the cast of the new upcoming live action adaptation being announced this year. It caused quite a stir when the world learned the name of who was to play Ariel and seemed to misread Halle Bailey as Halle Berry!
- The well-loved ice cream, Magnum, was released in January 1989 as a luxury ice cream. Over the years they’ve come out with many variations but the classic has fundamentally stayed the same, which means they must be doing something right! It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate coated vanilla ice cream.
- We can’t really imagine our lives without it (well, I certainly can’t), but public commercial use of the Internet also started 30 years ago. You definitely wouldn’t be able to read this article right now without its existence. Nothing has really changed the way we live our lives or do our jobs more than that.
- I don’t know what more to say about Microsoft Office other than ‘thank you so much for saving me so much time for the past thirty years’. Their complete software suite offers so much to all kinds of people, but I am pretty sure everyone has got a soft spot for Excel. Who doesn’t like spreadsheets, am I right?
- Going along with all things tech-y, the original Game Boy is also thirty! It is, in my opinion, one of the superior handheld consoles to exist, only second to the Game Boy SP (foldable with a backlit screen?!).
- One of the most famous (country) pop stars of this generation, Taylor Swift, was born 30 years ago and she even has an album called ‘1989’ with some of her most popular songs like Blank Space and Shake It Off.
- Who would believe that The Simpsons is already 30 years old?! The fact that it is still ongoing and older episodes are always being aired on TV shows just how popular it is. A lot may have to do with the fact that they seem to keep up with current trends and affairs and often feature celebrity cameos. And of course, their ever-changing opening sequence.
- Joy Luck Club, a novel by Amy Tan, was published in 1989 and later on in 1993, went on to become one of the first movies with an all Asian cast. The novel focuses on the complex relationships between mothers and daughters with a cultural gap.
- On a more morbid note, the execution of one of the most infamous serial killers, Ted Bundy, also occurred in 1989 and to ‘celebrate’ this, a movie and a TV show premiered this year.
- Originally located near Tower Bridge, currently in Holland Park in Kensington, the Design Museum first opened their doors 30 years ago in July. It was the first museum in the world dedicated to contemporary design and it was founded by Sir Terence Conran who was a designer himself. To celebrate this, they have a free archival display on for all you design lovers!
I’m sure there are countless more wonderful things that started in 1989 but those were just some of my personal favourites. Cobalt Sky are clearly in fantastic company. Anyway, I’m off to listen to Taylor Swift whilst playing my Game Boy and eating a Magnum.