1982. Films like E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Fast Times at Ridgemont High,and Poltergeist dazzle audiences at the multiplex while Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” and Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” climb the Billboard charts. Michael Jackson’s Thriller sells a million copies per week at it speak. It will go on to sell over 65 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling album ever released.
On TV, Late Night with David Letterman premieres on NBC, ESPN broadcasts its first live college football game, and The Weather Channel makes its debut on cable. In the world of history and politics,the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is erected in Washington, D.C.,while Disney’s EPCOT Center, dedicated to the celebration of human achievement and technological innovation, touches down in Florida via Spaceship Earth.
In the realm of science and technology, the Commodore 64 8-bit home computer takes gaming to the next level, becoming the all-time best-selling single personal computer model. Software companies like Sun Microsystems and Adobe are founded and Sony makes the mass production of CDs possible with its first consumer compact disc player.
In the midst of these technological advances, Time Magazine names the Personal Computer as its first Machine of the Year. It is the first time the Man of the Year designation – now the Person of the Year – is given to a non-human. By the end of the year, there will be more than five million personal computers in homes and offices.