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Since 1985… Synergem turns a heartwarming 36!

June 1, 2021
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Feel the Nostalgia of 1985

As we celebrate our birthday we wanted to take you back to a simpler time when leg warmers and striped socks were in fashion. To bring back some of that nostalgia, we’ve gathered some interesting pop culture facts from 1985. Check out these heartwarming memories from 36 years ago!

1985 Pop Culture History


Careless Whisper

Careless Whisper
by Wham! feat. George Michael
#1 on Billboard 100

Like A Virgin

Like A Virgin
by Madonna
#2 on Billboard 100

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston
Releases her self-titled debut album!
We Are The World

We Are The World recorded by USA for Africa – Raises $63 Million in humanitarian aid for Africa. Performed by various artists that included:

Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Kenny Rogers, James Ingram, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Willie Nelson, Al Jarreau, Bruce Springsteen, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, John Oates, Quincy Jones, La Toya Jackson, Bob Dylan, Anita Pointer, Harry Belafonte, Dan Aykroyd, Ray Charles, Bette Midler, Jeffrey Osborne, Lindsey Buckingham, Ruth Pointer, June Pointer, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Mario Cipollina, Sean Hopper, Johnny Colla, Bill Gibson, Chris Hayes, Sheila E., Bob Geldof, Waylon Jennings, Smokey Robinson.
Live Aid

Live Aid concerts raised over $125 Million for Ethiopian famine relief. Notable acts included:

B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Cher, David Bowie, Duran Duran, Elton John, Hall & Oates, Lionel Richie, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Queen, Run-DMC, The Cars, Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, INXS, Black Sabbath, The Pretenders, The Who and U2… just to name a few!



The Internet Domain Name System (DNS) is created – dot coms can now become a thing!


The Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) is released in the US (Remember Super Mario Bros.?)


Steve Jobs resigns from Apple to form NeXT Computer, Inc.


Commodore launches the Amiga personal computer at the Lincoln Center in New York City

TV & Media

The Cosby Show

The Cosby Show

Family Ties

Family Ties

Murder, She Wrote

Murder, She Wrote

Discovery Channel

The Discovery Channel launches in the US on June 17, 1985

Notable Movies

Back To The Future

Back To The Future

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

The Goonies

The Goonies

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

Rocky IV

Rocky IV



News and Politics

Reagan-Bush 1985
The 40th U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H.W. Bush are sworn in for a second term
Route 66
Iconic American US Highway Route 66 is officially decommissioned. It covers 2,448 miles stretching from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA.
Calvin & Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes, the comic strip created by cartoonist Bill Watterson, is first published in newspapers on November 18, 1985. It is commonly cited as “the last great newspaper comic.”
The sunken wreckage of the RMS Titanic from 1912 is finally located at a depth of 2,500 feet, about 370 miles south-southeast off the coast of Newfoundland in the northern Atlantic Ocean.
New Coke
Coca-cola introduces New Coke, which failed miserably and was later discontinued after about 3 months.
Coldest Winter
A January 21st arctic blast sets coldest temperatures on record in eastern North America. -34°F recorded in Mt. Mitchell, NC!

Wait, how much?

Gallon of gasoline
US Postage stamp
Movie ticket
Average yearly income


Super Bowl XIX

Super Bowl XIX: The San Francisco 49ers defeat the Miami Dolphins 38–16 at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, CA.

Air Jordan 1

Nike and Michael Jordan (1985 NBA Rookie of the Year) released the first “Air Jordan” basketball shoes.

Air Jordan 1

Iron” Mike Tyson a.k.a. “Kid Dynamite” makes his professional in-ring boxing debut and defeats Hector Mercedes via first-round TKO on March 6, 1985.

Wrestelmania 1

Wrestlemania debuts at Madison Square Garden. The main event featured Hulk Hogan vs Mr. T with 19,121 fans in attendance.

Famous Birthdays

Gal Gadot

Gal Gadot
Israeli actress
(Wonder Woman)

Michael Phelps

Michael Phelps
American swimmer
(record 23 Olympic gold medals)

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars (Peter Gene Hernandez)
American singer
(Uptown Funk)

Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick
American actress and singer
(Pitch Perfect)

Roman Reigns

Roman Reigns (Leati Joseph “Joe” Anoa’i)
American professional wrestler
(WWE Superstar)

Kaley Cuoco

Kaley Cuoco
American film and television actress
(Big Bang Theory)

Happy Birthday Synergem

Happy Birthday!

Synergem Logo

Last, but certainly not least, Synergem is founded on June 1, 1985 and our journey begins with VHS duplication. So, how did we get to where we are today? Check out this blog post for a timeline of our history.  We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that it has brought back many wonderful memories.  Here’s to another 36 years… at least!
We’d especially like to say “Thank you” to all of our customers for trusting us with so many of your projects throughout the years.

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