The following is mostly taken word-for-word from a post I wrote at the Laughing Place forums (A series of message boards dedicated to the Walt Disney Company): It seems that every time things from the 80s are reviewed, somebody who saw the decade first-hand degrades them. They say derisive things about the hair, the clothes, the music, the images... It really gets to me. I've been an 80s fan for a long time. Here's an article I wrote for RetroJunk. It's called "Don't Call Me A Poser", and it's my history of being an 80s fan. The link can be found here: http://www.retrojunk.com/details_articles/760/. I write about a lot of stuff in there, both from the 80s and from my personal life, and how the former has helped me through the latter. It is lengthy and a little outdated (It was written when I was 23, "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" isn't on Adult Swim anymore and I no longer use the word "cheesy" to describe any aspect of the 80s), but I encourage you all to read it, so you can learn more about me. Also, please read through the comments section at the bottom. It explains how I've changed my mind on several things I wrote in the article. The decade helped me through so much that I just want to say to the people who make fun of it, "You looked great, you sounded great, you were all great back then...Don't make fun of yourselves". One of the aspects of Aspergers' Syndrome is latching on to a certain subject and getting to know a lot about it. The 80s is that subject for me. I've gone through a lot over the years, and the 80s has been a constant source of peace and strength throughout my life. I hope all of you can understand that. This is a very special thing for me, and not everybody understands that. When I was on the DisBoards a few years ago, I talked about how I didn't like people making fun of the 80s. Having revealed my age in an earlier thread, I was laughed at with comments like "You were only 7 when the decade ended". Please give it a read, and you can learn more about both me and what I like. Sincerely, John Kilduff... I encouraged the LP posters to read it and now I'm encouraging all of you to read it. It's what I'm all about.