Flashback Series

In honor of our 40th season, we took a look back at some of the most memorable moments in pop culture for each of the 40 seasons we had been serving you. A few times each week during summer 2017, we shared these posts on our Instagram page @skipperdipper

 
 
 
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1978

  • 🎬 Stud Danny Zuko "told us about it" in the top grossing movie of the year, "Grease."

  • 🎶 The "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack - released the year prior - kept stayin' alive, topping the charts for 23 straight weeks.

  • 📺 J.R. Ewing expanded the family empire in CBS's "Dallas."

  • 👾 Aliens threatened to take over the world in the arcade game "Space Invaders." (The game lives on in this emoji.)

  • 🥊 Leon Spinks took the heavyweight title from Muhammad Ali... Ali would take it back seven months later.

  • 👶🏼 Louise Joy Brown - the world's first test tube baby - was born in England.

  • 🍦 Skipper Dipper opened its doors on July 4th weekend, founded by two sisters, Eileen and Sue, who shared a love of ice cream and summers at the Shore.


1979

  • 👽 Sigourney Weaver thrilled audiences as Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley in Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic, “Alien." It holds up.

  • 🎶 The Eagles went for "The Long Run," with their hit album outpacing the charts for nine straight weeks.

  • 🚗 Bo, Luke and the General Lee escaped the law in “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

  • 🎧 Sony changed the music industry forever with the introduction of its first portable Walkman cassette player.

  • 🕹 “Asteroids" blasted into arcades nationwide, becoming Atari’s best selling non-console game of all time.

  • ⚾️ ESPN made its major-league debut on cable in September with the first telecast of SportsCenter. The first words spoken by host Lee Leonard: "If you love sports...if you really love sports, you'll think you've died and gone to sports heaven."

  • 🇺🇸 Iranian protestors stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, taking a group of 66 Americans hostage; the crisis would end 444 days later with their release.


1980

  • 🎬 The Empire struck back in the second installment of the "Star Wars” saga in the biggest box office hit of the year.
  • 🎶 Pink Floyd left us comfortably numb when "The Wall" dominated the charts for 15 straight weeks.
  • 🕹 Pac-Man devoured his way through maze after maze in the hit arcade game of the same name.
  • 🤹🏻‍♂️ Rubik’s Cubes stumped millions worldwide with its 43 quintillion possible configurations. (Record time to solve it: 5.25 seconds)

  • 🏒 The underdog U.S. Hockey team made us believe in miracles in the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, beating the Soviets in the semi-finals to make it to the gold medal round.

  • 🌋 Mount St. Helens in Washington state erupted with the force of 500 times the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, laying waste to 200 square miles of countryside and sending ash over 60,000 feet into the atmosphere.