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CORY & TOPANGA

A true power couple of the 90s… Cory & Topanga from “Boy Meets World.”

If you remember growing up with the life lessons of Cory Matthews (played by Ben Saveage) you’ll have remember his journey wasn’t complete without his sweetheart Topanga Lawrence (played by Danielle Fishel). Boy Meets World aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000.

Cornelius A. “Cory” Matthews is the main character of the show. In the early seasons of the show he is portrayed as a slacker who is intelligent and capable, but does not pay attention in class. Throughout the later years his “slacker” tendencies diminish, and instead he seems more neurotic. 

From season 2 onward, Cory openly expresses his feelings for Topanga. It is explained in ‘A Long Walk to Pittsburgh’ that although he teased her during the first season, “she was the girl [he] sat up at night thinking about.”

Despite his strong feelings for Topanga, he still has strong attractions to other women and has been unfaithful to Topanga on a few occasions. He had his first kiss with Topanga in season 1 episode, ‘Cory’s Alternative Friends’ and in the 7th season they got married.

Topanga Lawrence Matthews is Cory’s girlfriend and later wife. Like many characters in the show her personality changes as the show progresses. However, her change is probably the most drastic. From the first season to the second, she changes from an eccentric hippie with interests in the supernatural phenomena to a calm and collected, mature teenaged girl.

Topanga’s only romantic relationship for the duration of the show is with Cory. She proposes to Cory during their high school graduation and they marry during their sophomore year of college.

Throughout the relationship, Topanga is generally the realist to Cory’s idealist. When her parents get divorced, she is plagued by doubts and insecurities about their own relationship.

I was more of a “Shaun & Angela” fan and I loved how they’re romance blossomed and seemed so much more realistic than Cory & Topanga’s relationship because they actually had real problems and real break-ups.

However Cory was the main man of Boy Meets World and as much as his ‘unconditional love’ for Topanga made me gag Disney kept shoveing that sugar-coated moon pie fairy tale romance down my throat giving me but no option but to eat it up.

RICKI LAKE

“Go Ricki, Go Ricki!”

Ricki Pamela Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, producer and TV host. She is best known for her starring role as Tracy Turnblad in the original “Hairspray”, her ground-breaking documentary film “The Business of Being Born” and her talk show which was broadcasted internationally from 1993-2004.

Ricki Lake was Lake’s first daytime talk show. The wildly successful show specialized in topics involving invited guests and incorporated questions and comments from a studio audience (think a more female-geared and less tame version of Jerry Springer/Maury Povich).

The show debuted in syndication on September 13, 1993 and ended first-run episodes on May 25, 2004.

The best thing about taking a sickie from school was staying in bed and watching day time TV.

Back then, Ricki Lake topics were so scandalous like “Mom, let me do it int he house or I’m gone!” and “Girl it’s gonna get heated… I got proof your man cheated!”

MACARENA

I use to hang my head in shame everytime the dance floor broke out into this piss-poor excuse of a choreographed dance.

Macarena is a Spanish dance song by Los del Rio about a woman of the same name. Appearing on the 1994 album “A Mi Me Gusta”, it was an international hit between 1995 and 1996 and continues to have a cult following.

It was ranked the “#1 Greatest One Hit Wonder of all Time” by VH1 in 2002.

 

The song uses a type of clave rhythm. The song ranks at #5 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100.

It also ranks at #1 on Billboard’s All Time Latin Songs.

It is also Billboard’s #1 dance song and one of five foreign language songs to hit #1 since 1995′s modern rock era began.

As much as the Macarena made me gag (especially the Christmas version – released 1996) it still deserves props and a rightful place in the 90s hall of fame.

WHATEVER

Step 1: [Hold hands up to form the letter W]

Step 2: Tilt head to the side

Step 3: Utter the words “Whatever” using an annoying bimba voice

Whatever is a slang term meaning “whatever you say” and “I don’t care what you say.”

The term is used to dismiss a previous statement and express indifference and is usually considered offensive and impolite. 

The word became a sentence in its own right, in effect an interjection and is used as a passive-aggressive conversational blocking tool, leaving the responder without a convincing retort.

Anything they do or say can simply be blocked by the retort of “Whatever!”

The boom of the Whatever sign can be accredited to the 1995 teen movie Clueless starring Alicia Silverstone. It was known to be an offensive gesture suggesting “I don’t think what you are saying is relevant.”

Whatevs!

PRINCESS DIANA

Diana, Princess of Wales (July 1961 – 31 August 1997) was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales whom she married on 29 July 1981.

She was the people’s Princess because she was also well known for her fund-raising work for international charities, and an eminent celebrity of the late 20th century.

Her wedding to the Prince of Wales, held at St Paul’s Cathedral and was seen by a global television audience of over 750 million.

The marriage produced two sons, the princes William and Harry, currently second and third in line to the thrones of the 16 Commonwealth realms. 

On 31 August 1997, Diana was fatally injured in a car crash in the Pont de l’Alma road tunnel in Paris which also caused the death of her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed.

The sudden and unexpected death of an extraordinarily popular royal figure during the 90s brought statements from senior figures worldwide and many tributes by members of the public.

People left public offerings of flowers, candles, cards and personal messages outside Kensington Palace for many months.

Diana’s funeral took place in Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997 and was televised for the world to see. 

 

Elton John performed and rewritten a version of “Candle In The Wind” as a tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales. 

It was released as a single and reached #1 in many countries, proving a much greater success than the original.

STEVE URKEL

In 1999 TV Guide ranked him #27 on its 50 Greatest TV Characters of All Time list.

Steven Quincy Urkel, generally known as Steve Urkel or simply Urkel is a fictional character on the US sitcom “Family Matters” (portrayed by Jaleel White). Originally slated to have been a one-time only character on the show, he soon became its most popular character.

Steve was the epitome of a stereotypical geek/nerd with large, thick eyeglasses, “high-water” or “flood” pants held up by suspenders, multi-colored cardigan sweaters and a high-pitched voice. 

On the show he consistently professed his unrequited love for neighbor Laura Winslow, perpetually annoyed her father Carl, and tried to befriend her brother Eddie.

 

Throughout the series’ run, Steve was central to many of its recurring gags, primarily gratuitous property damage and personal injury as a result of his inventions going awry or his outright clumsiness.

He became known for several catchphrases uttered after some humorous misfortune occurred, including: “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”, “Did I do that?”, “Whoa, Mama!” and “Look what you did.”

There was also an Urkel dance/song but it sounds pretty lame now:

If you want to do the Steve Urkel dance,
All you have to do is hitch up your pants,
Bend your knees, and stick out your pelvis;
(I’m telling you, baby, it’s better than Elvis!)

THE RUNNING MAN

A true dancefloor icon performed by every Gen Yer while watching MTV.

The Running Man is a street & fad dance that originated in late 1986 early 1987 and was performed most notably by MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice during their live concert shows and music videos.

It achieved  renewed popularity in the early naughties and has inspired the Melbourne Shuffle dance style. It consists of a hopping or sliding step done in such a way at speed to simulate a runner.

2008 saw the re-release of “Something Good” by the Utah Saints. The video set in 1989, comically suggests that the Running Man craze started in Cardiff, Wales. It features many people dancing the Running Man and ends with the “rights” to the dance being signed over to MC Hammer under duress.

The Running Man dance is also popular in PS Home for PlayStation 3 where people line their avatars up in long train lines and perform the dance.

Will Smith performed the running man in Drums and dance as his old title, Fresh Prince.

 

Who cares about the booty pop this was the ultimate way to impress the guys… haha must explain why I’m single.

GOOSEBUMPS

Tales to give you Goosebumps. 

Goosebumps is a series of children’s horror fiction novels written by American author R.L. Stine. It’s a collection of stories that feature semi-homogenous plot structures with fictional children being involved in scary situations. Themes in the series include horror, humor and the supernatural.

Sixty-two books were published under the Goosebumps umbrella title from 1992 to 1997. Since the release of its first novel, “Welcome to Dead House”, the books have gained immense popularity and commercial success worldwide.

As of 2008, the series has sold over 350 million books worldwide in thirty-five languages and has been listed in many bestseller lists including the New York Times Best Seller list for children. The series has spawned a TV series and numerous merchandise.

The Goosebumps series falls under the children’s fiction, horror and thriller genre although R.L. Stine characterizes the series as “scary books that are also funny.”

Two common themes in the series are children triumphing over evil and kids facing horrid or frightening situations and using their own wit and imagination to escape them.

This guy was my saviour when it came to English homework because made book reports a breeze and got me so into the supernatural scene.

My fave was “The Haunted Mask” which made me think twice before putting on a Halloween costume.

PIKACHU

“I choose you, Pikachu!” [throws Pokéball]

Pikachu is a species of Pokémon creature from the Pokémon media franchise (a collection of video games, anime, manga, books and trading cards). Within the world of the Pokémon, Pikachu is often found in houses, forests, plains and occasionally near mountains, islands, and electrical sources.

As an electric-type monster, Pikachu can store electricity in its cheeks and release it in lightning-based attacks.

Pikachu is the most recognizable Pokémon, largely because he is the central character and regarded as the official mascot. He has become an icon of the 90s and Japanese culture in recent years.

Pokémon is an animated series based on the popular electronic toy “Pocket Monster” in which children raise an electronic monster and train it to fight other monsters. In this show, Satoshi and his monster, Pikachu travel the land hoping to improve their skills and eventually become the grand champions.

Move over Hello Kitty cos this little guy was the new marketer’s dream! Pikachu’s face was plastered on every piece of merchandise you can think of… from lunch boxes to key chains.

Somehow (against my will) I was dragged to watch the movie adaptation of Pokémon in ’97, one word – painful.

I was so irritated by Pika’s voice (squeaks more rather) that I kept trying to zone out.

The only glimmer of hope was anticipating S2M’s “Don’t Say You Love Me” which (fingers crossed) would play during the end credits.

CHICAGO BULLS

If you look up “dynasty” on Urban Dictionary the #1 search result will be the “Chicago Bulls”

The Bulls dominated the NBA by winning 6 championships in 8 years whilst recording two separate three peats:

  • 1991, 1992, 1993: the first three championship teams included the likes of Bill Cartwright, Horace Grant, John Paxson and BJ Armstrong.
  • 1996, 1997, 1998: the later three championship teams had Luc Longley, Steve Kerr, Ron Harper, Toni Kukoč and Dennis Rodman on the roster.

Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and coach Phil Jackson led all 6 championship teams.

The Bulls won an NBA record of 72 games during the 95-96 NBA season and are the only team in NBA history to win 70 games or better in a single season.

Michael Jordan

What kid didn’t wannabe just like Mike? Labelled as the greatest basketball player of all time this guy was the reason why most of us even picked up a basketball.

Nicknames included: Air Jordan, His Airness, MJ

Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of my generation, he was instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world and made the number 23 legendary.

Things to do before I die… play one-on-one with the GOAT!


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