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Way Back When-sday: 1981


Welcome to this week's installment of Way Back When-sday!! (yep, I got a little punny with the name and made a little banner to make it seem like it's a really big deal that thousands of people read and participate in...ya).

Wow - 1981 - I was a mere 20 years old... I had just moved with my entire family from the SE part of Houston (Pasadena) to the outer reaches of the north part of Houston, a sleepy little town called Conroe, Texas. The reason my entire family relocated there was because we all worked for the same Christian gift manufacturing company, Christian Enterprises, who had pulled up stakes and moved there. The founders of the company were dear friends of my parents...and they were from Conroe, so that's why the move...

Here's my entire family (and one person I don't recognize in the back) - We all are standing in front of Christian Enterprises during a VERY rare snow in Houston.

My Daddy managed the production department, My Mom did accounts payable and accounts receivable, my older brother did everything remotely connected to production, and my sister-in-law worked in assembly.

I was mainly the product designer/illustrator - but I was also the advertising staff, the on-the-road sales staff, the exhibit booth designer, a silk-screener, and a production worker. Suffice to say I learned a lot in those days about every facet of the giftware business - it was a wonderful 5 years! And it was GREAT to work with my whole family doing something we believed in!

Here's a sampling of what I created for Christian Enterprises in 1981...


Refrigerator Magnets...

I was even into fabric art back then...

And I'm trying my best to include a photo of myself from each year (whether I want to or not), so here ya go...a much younger, (thinner) me...sigh...well at least today I'm a tad bit smarter...maybe :o)

And finally, here's a little touch of pop culture from that year...

Top 5 songs of 1981:

1. Bette Davis Eyes, Kim Carnes

2. Endless Love, Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

3. Lady, Kenny Rogers

4. (Just Like) Starting Over, John Lennon

5. Jessie's Girl, Rick Springfield


And who could forget...

The # 1 Top Grossing Motion Picture of 1981

Yep, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" - LOVED it!!

Yep, Harrison Ford was pretty darn cute
(but not nearly as cute as you, sweet hubby!!!!)
OK, it's YOUR turn...

  • How many times did you see Raiders?

  • Did you listen to, dance to, or perform karaoke to any of the top 5 tunes of 1981?

  • Where were you working in '81 - or what grade were you in?
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    Well, thanks for the sentimental journey - it's much more fun having you along!! Please join me next week as we travel way (sorta) back to 1995!

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