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July 15, 2016  RSS feed
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Back then, we walked like Egyptians

In 1986, the year the Jewish Press was born, things were quite different from today.

For starters, a gallon of gas cost about 90 cents and folks back then thought that was an outrageous price.

The high for the Dow-Jones average that year was 1,995 and the low, 1,502. Depending on which internet site you get your information from, the average price of a home was $111,900 or $89,443 and a Chevy Nova 4-door would set you back $7,435.

First class stamps cost 22 cents, a gallon of milk was about $2.25 and the median household income was just under $25,000. The unemployment rate was at 7.2 percent.

The Internet Mail Access Protocol was established that year and IBM introduced the PC Convertible, its first laptop computer. Also that year the first PC virus, Brain, began to spread.

Out of Africa won the Oscar for best picture; other popular films were Top Gun, Aliens and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Folks on the radio were listening to “Walk Like an Egyptian” by the Bangles. Other popular musicians included Billy Joel, The Police, Madonna, Prince, Culture Club and the Pretenders.

On the television, The Cosby Show, Murder She Wrote and The Golden Girls were popular shows.


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