1982 Reunion Trivia

Reunion Trivia offers the opportunity to share content. Things that connect you to your classmates and your unique high school experiences.

1982: The Year In Review

Michael Jackson’s groundbreaking album “Thriller” was released in November. The break-up of the AT&T monopoly was ordered during January. The first episode of Late Night with David Letterman debuts on NBC in February. The show’s first guests were Bill Murray and Don Herbert. The popular science fiction film “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” debuts in June. The largest cash robbery in History occurs in New York when $9,800,000 is stolen from an armored car. Disney Futuristic Park EPCOT (Experimental Community Of Tomorrow )is opened. Severe recession begins in the United States.

Sports 1972

  • San Francisco 49ers defeat Cincinnati Bengals, 26-21 in Super Bowl XVI
  • St. Louis Cardinals defeat Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3 in the World Series
  • Los Angeles Lakers defeat Philadelphia 76ers, 4-2 in the NBA Championship

Cost of Living 1982

  • Yearly Inflation Rate: 6.16%
  • Year End Dow Jones Industrial Average: 1046
  • Average Cost of a New Home: $82,500
  • Average Income Per Year: $21,050
  • Average Monthly Rent: $320
  • Cost of a Gallon of Gas: $0.91
  • US Postage Stamp: $0.20
  • Average Cost of a New Car: $7,983

Popular Films 1982

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Blade Runner
  • The Thing
  • Evil Under the Sun
  • Annie
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Poltergeist
  • First Blood
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • Rocky III
  • Tron

Popular Musicians 1982

  • Olivia Newton-John
  • Survivor
  • Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  • Paul McCartney
  • Chicago
  • The J. Geils Band
  • Hall & Oates
  • Toto
  • Tommy Tutone
  • The Human League
  • John Cougar
  • Soft Cell

Popular TV Shows 1982

  • Dallas
  • M*A*S*H
  • Magnum P.I.
  • Dynasty
  • Three’s Company
  • Simon & Simon
  • The Love Boat
  • The A-Team
  • The Jeffersons
  • Newhart
  • Falcon Crest
  • 60 Minutes
  • Happy Days
  • Three’s Company
  • The Facts of Life
  • Family Ties

1982 Top 25 Billboard Songs – Courtesy of Reunion Specialists


1 “Physical” Olivia Newton-John
2 “Eye of the Tiger” Survivor
3 “I Love Rock ‘n Roll” Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
4 “Ebony and Ivory” Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder
5 “Centerfold” The J. Geils Band
6 “Don’t You Want Me” The Human League
7 “Jack & Diane” John Cougar
8 “Hurts So Good” John Cougar
9 “Abracadabra” Steve Miller Band
10 “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” Chicago
11 “Tainted Love” Soft Cell
12 “Chariots of Fire” Vangelis
13 “Harden My Heart” Quarterflash
14 “Rosanna” Toto
15 “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” Hall & Oates
16 “867-5309/Jenny” Tommy Tutone
17 “Key Largo” Bertie Higgins
18 “You Should Hear How She Talks About You” Melissa Manchester
19 “Waiting for a Girl Like You” Foreigner
20 “Don’t Talk to Strangers” Rick Springfield
21 “The Sweetest Thing (I’ve Ever Known)” Juice Newton
22 “Always on My Mind” Willie Nelson
23 “Shake It Up” The Cars
24 “Let It Whip” Dazz Band
25 “We Got the Beat” The Go-Go’s