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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 4, 2014 THOUGHTS BY DAN ABOUT THIS 8< with Daniel A. DiCenso Are You Kidding Me? The '805 Rocked/ The '80s get a bad rap from all kinds of experts. Music lovers mock the power bal- lads and the popularity of the likes of Blondie, Van Halen, and Duran Duran. Film critics call it a low point thanks to the rise of sequel- ettes, cheap horror flicks, and corny romantic fluff. And the fashion? Well, no expla- nation needed there, and even I won't defend that. But, holy St. Elmo! What an awesome, unforgettable decade it was. The world may never again see a ~roup of people quite like those who grew up in that varied, multi-faced, bustling decade. The fact that we saw three presi(lents in ten years attests to how fast the world was moving and changing. Not surprisingly, the gen- eration that came of age dur- ing the radical jump from the Carter to Reagan presi- dency is as hard to define in simple political terms as the decade that precipitated such a change. A large part of this is because technology was at a crossroad. Computers had taken a huge leap in devel- opment from the '70s and were becoming more of a commodity than a new toy for scientists (thanks Apple). More than anything, tech- nology defined the '80s. This leads to my next point: some of the best toys ever came out in the '80s. Sure, many of the classics (Mr. Potato Head, Etch-a-Sketch, and the Slinky) had been around for some time, but the boom in electronics and gadgetry brought us View Master, Simon, Alphie the Robot, and Talking Whiz Kid. Of course, this was all a warm up to the video game boom when Nintendo brought Mario out of the arcades (which had dominated the gaming scene since the late '70s, not to be eclipsed by home consoles like Atari and Commodore 64 thanks to iconic charac- ters like Donkey Kong and Pac-Man) and into the home. By the late '80s, Mario was a fixture in millions of homes across America. This fascination with tech- n61ogy translated to film production and some of the best movies of the '80s are remembered for their then groundbreaking special ef- fects which continue to fas- cinate today in a way that combines nostalgia with a primal love for weirdness. Naturally, the decade was a breeding ground for wonder- boy directors like Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis, Joe Dante, and John Landis, while George Lucas contin- ued to expand his Star Wars franchise. Just look at the wonders they created: Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Back to the Future, Gremlins, and An American Werewolf in London. But the 80s were also a very nostalgic period when the pop-culture of yesteryear was revisited and altered with varying degrees of suc- cess. Morphing The Flint- stones into The Flintstones Kids and The Munsters into Munsters Today was unfor- giveable, but, as sad as the revamping of The Twilight Zone was on TV, I do applaud the feature film reimagining of some of the classic epi- sodes in Twilight Zone: The Movie. Finally, look at what Jim Henson did with his beloved Muppet creations. Kermit and the gang had been around as early as the late '50s and, mechanically speaking, they changed very little by the time they starred in The Muppet Movie and The Muppet Show. But new developments in cinema allowed a relatively old gimmick to continue to look amazing.. It was computers that saved Disney's animation from its downward spiral following Walt's death in 1966. Computers were first put to use in 1985's The Black Cauldron, but the Disney Renaissance offi- cially started With The Little Mermaid (1989). The movie that opened the door to this renaissance that would bring us hits like Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and The Lion King was Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a brilliant and very funny movie combining live actors with a cast of toons, both old and new, which in turn revitalized interest in the golden age of animation. Best of all, though, this technological flowering brought new ways of explor- ing the past and the world around us, which is what technology does at its best. A casual glance at some of the best films of the decade Raging Bull, Chariots of P-~re, Gandhi, The Killing Fields, Out of Africa, Empire of the Sun, and Platoon, indicates that our global and histori- cal awareness was growing and helped pave way for the dot com years of the '90s. But we had one hell of a decade before that. l I Per Ounce, 24K~ 781-286-CASH We Buy Diamonds, Gold and Silver lewelryl l We Buy Gold and Silver Coins J~ ~u" 345 Broadway, Revere -- EXTRA SPENDING MONEY-- Hours 10-5:30 pra every day. 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The estate is being administered under informal procedure by the Personal Represen- tative under the Massachusetts Uniform Pro- bate Code without supervision by the Court. Inventory and accounts are not required to be filed with the Court, but interested parties are entitled to notice regarding the administration from the Personal Representative and can )etition the Court in any matter relating to the estate, including distribution of assets and expenses of administration. Interested parties are entitled to petition the Court to institute formal proceedings and to obtain orders ter- minating or restricting the powers of Personal Representatives appointed under informal pro- cedure. A copy of the Petition and Will, if any, can be obtained from the Petitioner. Run date: 4/4/14 ALL THAT ZAZZ by Mary N. DiZazzo NINE NATURALS for Pregnancy and Beyond Ciao BeUa, As a beauty columnist I am always receiving promos from PR compa- nies. Funny thing here when I first read the headline for this I thought it read "Nine Nails!" Nine Nails which is also a joke from a Robert Benchley jokester! Natural nail- care is my forte! So right off I emailed them back eager to sample their products. Wonderfully enough the samples arrived and the company name was NINE NATURALS -- Beauty Withou{ Compro+- mise for Pregnancy and Beyond! Surprise, surprise! Beyond is a state where most of my readers and myself are. We will focus on us. Delightfully scented products filled the air after bathing. The ingredients are pure and simple. These natural prod- ucts lead us into living a healthier lifestyle. No parabens, no synthetic fragrance, no sulfates, no coal tar dyes, petro- leum or formaldehyde. NINE NATURALS products are made with 100 percent plant-based ingredientst The Citrus + Geranium soothing body wash left my skin feeling soft and not parched like the way most soaps make you feel. The Vanilla + Geranium Belly Butter was used as a moisturizer and smoothed out those pimples on my upper armst The Citrus + Mint shampoo and conditioner made my hair clean and shiny-the best ever! Good stuffi Remember all the creams, lotions, soaps and anything you apply to your body is transdermal, so for a natural, healthy, safe lifestyle go to Beauty as nature intended. Buona giornata and God bless the United States of America! -- Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull Read prior weeks' "All That Zazz" columns at Mary is a third-generation cosmetolo- gist and a Massachusetts distributor of Kosmea brand rose hip oil products. She may be contacted at (978) 470-8183 or; * Saint Richard, Bishop (Continued from Page 2) elected Richard as their Bishop. King Henry Ill was furious of his election and refused to give up the prop- erty and revenues of the See, He was consecrated by Pope Innocent IV, who sup- ported his claim. For several years, however, Richard be- came a wanderer in his own diocese. He was entirely de- pendent on the charity and hospitality of .the people and clergy, who defied the King's wishes. Finally, in 1247, the King relented and Richard was allowed to administer his diocese from his cathedral at Chichester. Richard's per- sonal life was very simple. He was an able administra- tor, and firm in maintaining ecclesiastical discipline. The peopleloved him, not only for his almsgiving, but for his caring and preaching. In 1250 Richard was named by the Pope as one of the collectors of the subsidy for the crusades. Two years later the king appointed him to preach the crusade. He made strenuous efforts to rouse enthusiasm for the cause in the Dioceses of Chichester and Canterbury. It was while on a journey to Dover, where he was to con- secrate a new church dedi- cated to St. Edmund that he was taken ill. Upon reaching Dover, he went to a hospital called "Maison Dieu," per- formed the Consecration cer- emony on April 2"d, but died the next morning. He was canonized by Pope Urban in the Franciscan church at Vtterbo, 1262. St. Richard's feast is celebrated on April 3rd. NORTH END AGAINST DRUGS NEAD will have our annual Easter Party on Saturday, April 19m at 10:00 am at the Nazzaro Center. There will be egg coloring and photos with the Easter Bunny (Bring your own camera) between 10:00 - 10:50 am. At 11:00 am we will have a puppet show. This event is sponsored by Mike Giannasoli in Memory of his Mother. The Puppet Show is sponsored by City Councilor Sal LaMattina. THE EVENT IS FREE. . . .