I originally posted this one year ago today. It’s gotten the most clicks, the most comments and the most shares of anything posted here, and “Martha Quinn” brings more people to the blog than any other search term. MTV turns 31 today, and Martha Quinn, in case you’re wondering, is now 53 but doesn’t look it.

Originally posted on Todd Pack's Messy Desk:

Today is MTV’s 30th anniversary. It launched on Aug. 1, 1981 — or about 4 months after the first space shuttle mission. NASA finally retired the shuttle fleet last month.

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…

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    1. I saw something the other day about celebrities such as Elle Macpherson pushing 50, and they all looked 10 years younger, and then I realized: Looking good is their job. They aren’t sitting at a desk all day. They can spend literally hours a day in the gym. They can hire a chef to prepare healthy meals for them. They aren’t lugging kids to soccer practice or throwing a frozen pizza in the oven because they don’t have time to cool.

      1. I’m also amused by male celebrities older than me without a strand of gray. I saw Chris Isaak on TV the other day. He’s 56, and his hair is as uniformly and deeply brown as a Crayola crayon.

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