I was watching an old episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” today and they were referencing the year 1982.
1982…a full 28 almost 29 years ago and AIDS as we know now was formally referred to GRID or Gay Related Immune Disease. So I had to get on the old computer and Google GRID and what I found was this.
I followed a few links on Wikpedia and I got to a timeline beginning in 1959 claiming that two people died from a rare immune-related type of pneumonia which later was believed to be a result of the patients contracting HIV. The first confirmed case of AIDS in the U.S. was a 15-year-old male who died in 1969. Skip ahead to 1980 and the timeline pulled up the name Gaeten Dugas also known as “Patient Zero”. This man was apparently a very promiscuous flight attended who had sexual relations with over 2500 people across North America and at least 40 of the 248 people diagnosed with AIDs by April of 1982 was thought to have had sex with Dugas or at least with someone who had. Dugas died of the auto immune disease in 1984.
I decided to go on and Google a few other events of 1982…
1982 began on a Friday.
In January of 1982 Kate Middleton, Prince Williams fiancée was born.
Also in January Ozzie Osbourne bit the head off a live bat thrown at him during a performance in Des Moines Iowa. He thought it was rubber
In March comedian John Belushi was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel of an apparent drug overdose.
In May American Skater Apolo Anton Ono came into the world.
On November 30th Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was released and went on to be greatest selling album of all time, with 104 million units sold worldwide
Block buster movies which opened in 1982…E.T, Officer and a Gentleman, Chariots of Fire, Gandhi and Poltergeist.
On TV “Late Night with David Letterman” premiered with first guest Bill Murray.
Also premiering in 1982 were such classics as Family Ties, Cheers, and St Elsewhere.
The Weather Channel aired for the first time on cable.
Other statistics of 1982 include…
The average income was approximately 21,000/year, gas was 91 cents/gallon and the postage stamp was a whopping 20cents.
The first CD player was sold in Japan.
And 1982 was the year that Toyota introduced the Camry, which is still in production today.
So here is to you…year 1982!!!