Hey Retrojunkers,

Talking about the turn of the new millennium in my last article was a nice change of pace from my usual stuff but I am a child of the 80s and early to mid-90s. Most people who were children in the 80s and early to mid-90s cannot stop talking about what we witnessed near the end of the 20th century. You see, the internet changed everything in the late 90s and 2000s and made the analog age a thing of the past. As much as I love having information at my fingertips, I really miss being a couch potato who went to video rental stores before the weekend. Unfortunately, I did not have too many blank videocassette tapes back then, so I missed quite a few commercial breaks. Still, I would do it all over again in a heartbeat if given the chance.

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As a child of the 80s, the most important event of my life happened on January 1st of 1990. My generation (XYers) got to see the first day of the last decade of the entire 20th century. The 1990s did not disappoint. To this day, I am a child of the 80s stuck in the 90s. A lot of people look back at all of the new stuff of the 90s when discussing the 90s, but I lived the 90s and they were one huge party. The one part of the 90s that sticks out in my mind is 1990 to early 1993.

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1990 to early 1993 were the years when we were really living in the 1990s. As the 90s went on, the world tapered off of all things 90s and starting embracing new pop culture and before you knew it we were in the 2000s. Some 90s fans love to say that we were in the early 90s as early as 1989, but I am old enough to know the difference between 1989 and 1990. In 1989, it seemed like everyone wanted to be in the Bush 90s (1990- early 1993) and we wanted to party like it was 1999 already in 1990. 1989 was not too far apart from 1990 to early 1993 for me not to includes memories from that year in this article. The years 1989 to 1993 were parts of three different eras (the late 80s, early 90s, and mid-90s), but they are glued together by the early 90s culture all of those years share.


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Without further ado, you know you were a child in the years 1989 to 1993 if:

- You owned any Roger Rabbit merchandise.

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- Your favorite cartoon is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You own or have owned Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures.

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- You were big on all things Pee Wee's Playhouse and even owned memorabilia at some point in your life.

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- Music from The Beatles was officially old.

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- You watched Denver the Last Dinosaur and Police Academy.

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- You know there are Robocop action figures from the very late 80s and very early 90s in existence.

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- In fact, there were a lot of now-forgotten toy lines on the shelves in the very late 80s into the 90s.

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- You remember Mario versus Zelda.

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- More importantly, Batman versus Ghostbusters 2.

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- You got super excited for the Batmania of 1989.

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- You had or wanted to own a Noid shirt.

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- Gameboy was ahead of its time.

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- You know that 1989 was the year that Barbie turned 30 because of the cereal that came out that year.

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- You were there when Vision Street Wear dropped the Street Wear from their name and skateboards were in!

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- You were alive in the time of Conair see-through phones and Rock N Flowers

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- You remember when Cosby cardigans and polka dots were hot.

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- You watched Roseanne with your whole family.

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- Your favorite Happy Meal toys of '89 were the Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers and The Little Mermaid toys.

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- Syndicated sitcoms were never more popular.

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- The best ABC TGIF lineup was Full House, Family Matters, Perfect Strangers, and Just The Ten Of Us

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- Your must-watch NBC cartoon was Captain N The Gamemaster. You waited for all of the NBC Saturday morning cartoons to end to watch Saved By The Bell.

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- Ecto Cooler was your new favorite drink.

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- If you were a girl, you most likely had Electric Youth perfume.

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- You loved watching the Prevue Network on Saturdays.

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- You had Back to the Future Part 2 Solar Shades.

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- You remember New Kids mania.

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- You can easily recall when The Simpsons were new.

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- There was nothing like seeing Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure on VHS.

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- You wanted some Oakley or Vaurnet shades.

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- You remember when children preferred Mario to Mickey Mouse. Super Mario Brothers 3 was the game that everyone wanted.

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- You know that the BK Kids Club kids meal Beetlejuice toys were our only way to get animated Beetlejuice toys.

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- You saw TMNT The Movie and Dick Tracy in theaters. You were obsessed with both.

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- You remember Turtlemania of 1990.

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- Rattails and hair carvings

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- LA Kings and LA Raiders gear was hot!

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- You know there are two types of fanny packs. Neon and black.

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- You were excited for Gremlins 2 The New Batch

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- You discovered The Jukebox Network in 1990.

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- Umbros!

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- The Ninja Turtles were heaps better than the new He-Man.

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- You wore Reebok Pump Twilight Zone sneakers and a Bo Knows shirt in the 1990 to 1991 school year.

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- You remember the hype over Steven Spielberg doing cartoons.

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- You loved The Dark Knight Collection and not the first Batman movie figures.

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- You remember the 'banning' (no pun intended) of slap bracelets.

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- It feels like just yesterday that Rob and Fab of Milli Vanilli fame had to give back their Grammy awards.

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- You watched a lot of FOX in 1990 with your pops.

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- Chucky the doll scared you.

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- You saw Home Alone with a younger sibling.

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- You thought both MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice were "way-cool" even when your parents told you that Ice would be a flash in the pan.

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- You remember the save the environment movement of the 90s and Captain Planet.

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- You NEEDED a Hypercolor shirt and rollerblades.

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- You wanted a Tonka Wrestling Buddy to practice your wrestling moves on.

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- Zubaz and gym pants are what the Bush years ought to be remembered for.

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- You remember when Beverly Hills 90210 was all the rage.

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- You remember those slow dances at your school.

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- You had turtle pies from Hostess at some point in 1991.

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- You wore Bugle Boy shirts and jeans.

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- You were blown away by Sonic the Hedgehog for SEGA Genesis. SEGA for once did what Nintendidn't.

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- Parker Lewis shirts were larger than life in 1991.

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- Robin Hood Prince of Thieves was the longest movie you had ever seen.

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- You remember being so angry when the Super Nintendo came out because you had just gotten a Nintendo Entertainment System.

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- You were there when Nicktoons were brand new.

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- You traded Desert Storm trading cards from Topps.

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- Jim Henson's Dinosaurs was one of your can't miss shows.

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- You did the Urkel.

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- You owned TMNT 2 Secret of the Ooze on VHS.

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- The Addams Family was rad.

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- You remember hearing that Magic Johnson had HIV. Magic Johnson Ts were prevalent during this time.

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- You cried when Pee-Wee Herman went to jail and his merchandise was removed from store shelves.

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- You remember when the Universal Monsters came back.

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- You were not allowed to watch Terminator 2 Judgement Day, but you had the toys.

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- You know of the first Wayne's World flick.

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- You or someone you know collected The Incredible Crash Dummies and Uncanny X-Men toylines.

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- You remember when Home Improvement was America's favorite new sitcom.

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- You remember when teenagers wore Cross Colours.

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- You can finish this lyric: In West Philadelphia, born and raised...

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- You thought Treasure Trolls would bring you good luck.

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- You thought Kris Kross was so cool.

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- You remember hearing that Batman Returns was too dark.

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- You saw the first US Dream Team play.

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- You were into the Polo Sports jackets.

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- Batman The Animated Series was more important to you than the movies.

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- Millennials sure loved Barney and Friends, didn't they?

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- You remember when a folk tale princess of color was in a Disney movie.

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- You had Home Alone 2 Lost In New York Trading Cards.

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- Lastly, you remember hearing "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston on the radio.

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I hope you enjoyed my article. Ciao, Retrojunkers!

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