Category: The ’80’s

Some Boos and Yahoos

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - October 11, 2014 - Books, Boos and Yahoos, Features, Jobs, Little Depression, Politics, The '80's
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It has been ages since I have done this, but I am getting up on my little ol’ soapbox to yell out some boos and yahoos: Boo to the Scandinavians who didn’t award me the Nobel prize in literature. Oh, well, as we Chicago Cub fans like to say, wait ’til next year or more […]

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Not the Head of the Class: A Few Confessions of a Failed Teacher

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - June 11, 2014 - Features, Jobs, The '80's
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the measure of mike / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-ND 2.0) School is coming to end, but I have seen a quite a few stories lately about teaching. Many years ago, I wanted to be a history teacher. I thought it would be fabulous having my own desk, grading papers, rapping […]

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A Few Words About Housework, the Final Four, and Pro Wrestling?!

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 3, 2014 - Features, Sports, The '80's, TV
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Well, that was a short spring break. I spent most of my time watching cleaning up the house.  Whoopee.   I rather listen to an Up With People concert than scour toilets or wax the kitchen floor. I watched the Kentucky Wildcats claw their way to the Final Four.  While I am not a fan of “Big Blue Nation” or […]

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The Third Annual Joeys

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - December 26, 2013 - Features, Music, Politics, The '80's, The Arts, TV
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It’s that special time of year!  Not only is this the last post of 2013, it’s time to hand out the annual Joeys! I created the Joeys in 2011 to present awards in categories not normally seen in the annual “best of” lists in newspapers and magazines.   There are no monetary compensation, medals, and statues associated with the Joeys–just […]

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Professor Ordinary Joe—Hah!

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - May 14, 2012 - Features, The '80's
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With all the recent hullabaloo over gay marriage and Mitt Romney’s boyhood bullying, there was a story in the Chronicle of Higher Education that slipped under the public radar but nevertheless caught my eye.  It profiled an adjunct professor with a Ph.D. in medieval history turning to welfare in order to survive. Back during the Dark […]

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Happy Birthday, An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox!

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - April 23, 2012 - Features, Flicks, Little Depression, Music, Pets, Politics, Space, Sports, The '80's, The Arts, The Big 50, TV
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An important milestone occurs this week — this blog is celebrating its first birthday! An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox was not created not to give the point of view of a millionaire, a powerful politician or a superstar athlete.  Instead, it was designed to give someone else who has not had many opportunities in the past to get on […]

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Steve Jobs and Me

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - October 11, 2011 - Features, The '80's
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Steve Jobs, the co-founder and former CEO of Apple Computers, died Oct. 5, 2011. He was 56.  For the past several days, there has been almost nonstop fawning by the media over Jobs’ legacy and his numerous inventions. Although Jobs had the reputation of being a Simon Legree-like CEO and shipped scads of jobs to […]

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I (Sort of) Love the 1980s: Letters, I Wrote Letters

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - September 21, 2011 - Features, Politics, The '80's
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I am writing another post on the Decade of Greed, the Age of Reagan, the MTV and Breakfast Club Era — in short, the 1980s! The younger set will be certainly astonished there were no such things as Facebook, Twitter, BlackBerry, or even the Internet back in the Stone Age-like days of the ’80s. Personal […]

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Football for the Reading Man

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - September 17, 2011 - Books, Features, Sports, The '80's
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Are you ready for some football (i.e., football books)? If you are a regular reader of An Ordinary Joe’s Soapbox, you will know one of my favorite pastimes is reading.  Since it is football season, I am going to list five great books for those pigskin fans who want to read more than just the […]

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What Really Bugs Me: Lies

Posted by OrdinaryJoe - August 13, 2011 - Features, Jobs, Politics, The '80's, What Bugs ME
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From about the time we are born, we have been told honesty is the best policy. However, this is a total lie.  We have been natural liars ever since the days of Adam and Eve. To describe all the lies that have irked me during my lifetime, I would have to write a book the […]

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