An empty Arlington Cards stage during the last
graduation at Arlington High School.

Duran Duran performs Rio Live in 1984 (Get Rio on iTunes).

Top Music Hits for 1984

When Doves Cry 5:34 | Prince | Purple Rain

Jump 4:02 | Van Halen | The Best of Van Halen

Girls Just Want to Have Fun 3:58 | Cyndi Lauper | She's So Unusual/True Colors/Hat Full of Stars

The Reflex 5:29 | Duran Duran | Greatest Hits

Union of the Snake 4:20 | Duran Duran | Seven and the Ragged Tiger

Self Control 4:06 | Laura Branigan | Self Control

Joanna (Single) 4:00 | Kool & The Gang | Everything is Kool & the Gang

Hard Habit to Break 4:44 | Chicago | Chicago: Greatest Hits 1982-1989

Hold Me Now 4:46 | Thompson Twins | Platinum & Gold Collection: Thompson Twins

Missing You 4:30 | John Waite | The Complete John Waite, Vol. I - Falling Backwards

I Guess That's Why They Call It the Blues 4:45 | Elton John | Too Low for Zero

That's All 4:24 | Genesis | Genesis: The Hits - Turn It On Again

Sister Christian 5:03 | Night Ranger | Midnight Madness

The Warrior 4:01 | Scandal | The Warrior

Love Somebody 3:33 | Rick Springfield | The Best of Rick Springfield

You Might Think 3:05 | The Cars | The Cars: Complete Greatest Hits

Magic 3:56 | The Cars | The Cars: Complete Greatest Hits

Dancing in the Sheets 4:05 | Shalamar | Shalamar: Greatest Hits

Tonight 3:54 | Kool & The Gang | The Very Best of Kool & The Gang

Dance Hall Days 4:00 | Wang Chung | Points on the Curve

When You Close Your Eyes 4:16 | Night Ranger | Midnight Madness

Running with the Night 6:02 | Lionel Richie | Can't Slow Down

Caribbean Queen (No More Love On the Run) 4:07 | Bill Ocean | Billy Ocean: Greatest Hits

Almost Paradise 3:51 | Mike Reno & Ann Wilson | Love Songs

State of Shock 4:35 | The Jacksons & Mick Jagger | Victory

She Bop 3:48 | Cyndi Lauper | The Essential: Cyndi Lauper

Uptown Girl 3:21 | Billy Joel | An Innocent Man

Sad Songs (Say So Much) 4:10 | Elton John | Elton John: The Greatest Hits 1970-2002

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Celozzi-Ettleson Chevrolet - Where you always save more money! Located in Elmhurst at York and Roosevelt Roads. Commercial from 1984.


... in
1984, George Orwell
created a whole vocabulary
of words concerning
totalitarian control
that have since
passed into our
common vocabulary ...

... the seeds of
unthinking conformity are everywhere in evidence;
and Big Brother is
always looking
for his chance.

Daniel Hintzsche review


The Year is 1984 ...

Bob Bell, star character as Bozo, the clown, retired in 1984 with Bozo's Circus remaining #1 in its timeslot. Immediately after his retirement, the Chicago Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Board of Directors honored him with their Governors' Award. Fellow cast members throughout Bob Bell's 24-year run as Bozo included Ned Locke as Ringmaster Ned, Bob Trendler as Mr. Bob, Don Sandburg as Sandy the Tramp, Ray Rayner as Oliver O. Oliver, Roy Brown as Cooky the Cook, Marshall Brodien as Wizzo the Wizard, and Frazier Thomas, who replaced Ringmaster Ned Locke when he retired. Joey D'Auria took over as Bozo until 2001. Bob Bell was born 1922, the year Arlington High School opened and retired as Bozo, the year that Arlington High School closed.

Republicans Ronald Reagan (CA) and George Bush (TX) beat Democrats Walter F. Mondale (MN) and Geraldine Ferraro (N.Y.) for President and Vice President. Reagan/Bush re-elected with 59% of the vote. During the campaign Jesse Jackson (D, IL) is first major challenge as a black candidate for President for a major party, and Representative Geraldine Ferraro (D, NY) is the first woman nominated for Vice President by a major party.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientist Robert Gallo identifies the virus that causes AIDS and the virus is defined as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

U.S. dollar sharply increases on international markets. Inflation rate down, unemployment down, and economic growth heats up.

U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Robert C. Goodman, Jr. who was downed over Lebanon during air raids on Muslim sectors is freed by Syria.

President Reagan withdraws U.S. troops from international peacekeeping force in Lebanon.

Former Deputy Traffic Court Clerk Harold Conn becomes first defendant convicted in FBI Chicago's Operation Greylord investigation into corruption in the Cook County Circuit Court ... the first undercover operation to investigate corruption in the courtroom, a major turning point in investigating public corruption.  Nearly 100 people, including 13 judges and 51 attorneys, indicted and convicted.

Yuri V. Andropov dies and Konstantin U. Chernenko is named leader of Soviet Union.

President Reagan is censured by Congress and condemned by World Court for ordering mining of Nicaraguan harbors.

President Reagan visits China.

300 killed as Indian Army occupies the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar.

Soviet Union and bloc nations boycott Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi assassinated by two Sikh bodyguards.

Anti-Sikh riots kill 1000 people.

Indira Gandhi's son Rajiv succeeds her.

Oprah Winfrey begins her talk show career hosting A.M. Chicago on WLS Channel 7.

McDonald's on Lee Street in Des Plaines closes and becomes a museum about McDonald's. Ray Kroc of McDonald's fame dies.

Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India leaks methyl isocyanate (MIC), which injures respiratory tissues and blocks airways, and causes about 3800 deaths in Bhopal. A large amount of water in an MIC tank caused the reaction. An investigation by Arthur D. Little will report in 1988 that a disgruntled employee may have introduced the excess water.

Over 100 automobiles involved in fog-related accident on I-94 near Milwaukee, WI.

Chicago Bears Running Back Walter Payton carries the ball past Jim Brown's 12,312-yard rushing record as the Bears beat New Orleans, 20-7.

North Carolina basketball player Michael Jordan was drafted third overall in
NBA by Chicago Bulls.

Arlington High School is appraised no higher than $1 million with little value attached to the actual building (April, 1984).

District 214 decides to put Arlington High School up for sale and then for auction (May, 1984). The following year Christian Liberty Academy from Prospect Heights will outbid Roosevelt University by $10,000. Arlington High School will be sold to Christian Liberty Academy for $1.51 million (April, 1985).

Over 500 trophies and over 500 pictures will be given to students, coaches and former coaches after Arlington High School closes.

Church of Christian Liberty will take possession of the former Arlington High School on Labor Day weekend, 1985.

Super Bowl XVIII
LA Raiders 38
Washington Redskins 9

Apple Computer '1984' commercial.

Apple Computer introduces the Macintosh Computer at Super Bowl half-time commercial: "On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you'll see why 1984 won't be like '1984.'"

Domain Name System (DNS) is introduced. DNS involves the use of a DNS server that maintains a database of Domain Names and IP addresses, which allows computers to be addressed by a domain name (.com, .net) rather than the more difficult-to-remember IP address. The first registered domain name ( will be introduced in 1985. The World Wide Web, an internet-based hypermedia initiative for global information sharing will be invented by Tim Berners-Lee while working at
CERN in 1989. He also will invent the first Web Browser in 1990. Mosaic, the first readily-available graphical web browser and precursor to browsers from Netscape (Mozilla, 1994) and Microsoft (Internet Explorer, 1995) will be developed by undergraduate Marc Andreessen and a team students at the NCSA (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) in 1992.

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