MTV signed on the year President Reagan nominated the 1st woman, Sandra Day O’Connor, to the U.S. Supreme Court. She retired 5 years ago.
When MTV signed on, Barack Obama was 19 years old.
I was 15, although we didn’t get MTV until I was almost out of high school. I made do with “Video Jukebox” on HBO and “Night Tracks” on TBS. “Night Tracks” played videos all night long, so I’d tape it and watch it, a few videos at a time, throughout the week.
MTV was born the same year as Alicia Keys, Elijah Wood, Justin Timberlake and Paris Hilton.
MTV was born the year Anwar Sadat was assassinated and Hosni Mubarak became president of Egypt. He was ousted about 6 months ago after 18 days of demonstrations and is now in a coma.
The No. 1 song on the radio the year MTV was born was “Bette Davis Eyes” by Kim Carnes.
Bette Davis was 72 years old at the time.
Kim Carnes is 66 years old now.
Martha Quinn — one of the 5 original VJs — is a 52-year-old mom, but she looks about the same now as she did then. (She hosts a show on the 80s channel on Sirius XM.)
Martha Quinn is older than the president of the United States.
MTV doesn’t have VJs anymore.
MTV is older than the CD (the first CD players went on sale in the U.S. in 1983), the Mac (1984) and the Transformers (ditto).
MTV is older than Shia LaBeouf (he’s 25).
MTV is older than the Web (born 1991-92).
If MTV was a person, it would be old enough to run for a seat in the U.S. Senate, but it would need to wait 5 years to run for president. (The media age of a U.S. senator is about 62.)
When MTV signed on, stores still sold 8-track tapes.
Stores still sold beer to 18-year-olds in some states (the National Minimum Age Drinking Act didn’t pass until ’84).
“Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles, the first song played on MTV, had been out about a year.
The singer, Trevor Horn, is 62 now. He became a famous record producer. He’s worked with everyone from ABC to Yes, from Paul McCartney to LeAnn Rimes. He makes good records.