- What was happening in 1988

I am always looking for 1985 - 1990 Facts and Memorabilia. If you have something from 1988 that should be in this section, please email to Jeff

Do you remember where you were in 1988? Who you were with? What you were wearing? What you were watching on TV? For me, I was gearing up to go into the service. Wasnt to keen on the idea but I needed college money. 

This section is to let you all reminisce back to those great years of the IROC-Z and relive a little of what went on back then. The 80's were a fantastic time for me. The best decade I ever lived through. I am still lost in the 80's.

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1988 Tidbits 1988 US Statistics
1988 Economic Information 1988 Sports History
1988 Top TV Shows Movies & Books 1988 Entertainment
1988 Pulitzer Prizes 1988 Oscar Awards
1988 Emmy Awards 1988 Tony Awards
1988 Grammy Awards  

1988 News Tidbits

~ US and Canada reach free trade agreement (Jan. 2). Background: NAFTA

~ Pan-Am 747 explodes from terrorist bomb and crashes in Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 259 aboard and 11 on ground (Dec. 21).

~ Democratic convention nominates Gov. Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts for President and Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen for Vice President (July 17 et seq.).

~ Republican convention nominates George Bush for President and Indiana Senator Dan Quayle for Vice President (Aug. 15 et seq.).

~ Republicans sweep 40 states in election, and Bush beats Dukakis (Nov. 8).

1988 US Statistics

President: Ronald W. Reagan
Vice President: George Bush
Population: 244,498,982
Life expectancy: 74.9 years
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000): 56.6
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000): 50.3

1988 Economic Information

US GDP (1998 dollars):   $5,049.60 billion
Federal spending:   $1064.14 billion
Federal debt:   $2601.3 billion
Median Household Income
(current dollars):  
Consumer Price Index:   118.3
Unemployment:   6.2%

Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.22 ($0.25 as of 4/3/88)

1988 Sports History

In 1988...

MLB Baseball - The Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series beating the Oakland Athletics 4 games to 1.

NBA Basketball - The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Detroit Pistons for the Championship 4 games to 3.

College Basketball - Kansas beat Oklahoma 83-79 for the NCAA Basketball title.

Boxing - Mike Tyson knocks out Michael Spinks in 1 minute and 13 seconds for the Heavyweight boxing title.

NFL Football - The Washington Redskins beat the Denver Broncos 42-10 for the Super Bowl title.

PGA Golf - Sandy Lyle won the Masters Golf Tournament.

NHL Hockey - The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL's Stanley Cup.

Tennis - Stefan Edberg and Steffi Graf won Wimbledon.

The top 20 TV Shows of 1988

The Top Movies of 1988

The Top Books of 1988
1 The Cosby Show 1 Coming to America 1 Peter Carey Oscar and Lucinda
2 Roseanne 2 Crocodile Dundee 2 2 Anne Tyler, Breathing Lessons
3 A Different World 3 Die Hard 3
4 Cheers 4 Rain Man
5 The Golden Girls 5 Twins
6 Who's the Boss 6 Who framed Roger Rabbit
7 60 Minutes 7 A fish called Wanda
8 Murder she wrote 8
9 Empty Nest 9
10 Anything but love 10
11 Dear John 11
12 ALF 12
13 L.A. Law 13
14 Matlock 14
15 Unsolved Mysteries 15
16 In the heat of the night
17 Growing Pains
18 Hunter
19 NFL Monday Night Football


1988 Entertainment Awards

Record of the Year: Bobby McFerrin, "Don't Worry Be Happy"
Album of the Year: George Michael, Faith

1988 Pulitzer Prizes
Fiction: Beloved, Toni Morrison
Music: 12 New Etudes for Piano, William Bolcom
Drama: Driving Miss Daisy, Alfred Uhry

1988 Oscars
Best Picture The Accidental Tourist, Lawrence Kasdan, Charles Okun and Michael Grillo, producers (Warner Bros.)
Actor in a Leading Role Gene Hackman, Mississippi Burning
Actress in a Leading Role Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons
Actor in a Supporting Role Alec Guinness, Little Dorrit
Actress in a Supporting Role Joan Cusack, Working Girl
Directing Charles Crichton, A Fish Called Wanda
1988 Emmy Awards
Outstanding Drama Series L.A. Law (NBC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Carroll O'Connor, In the Heat of the Night
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Dana Delany, China Beach
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Larry Drake, L.A. Law
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Melanie Mayron, thirtysomething
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series Joe Spano, Midnight Caller: “The Execution of John Saringo”
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Kay Lenz, Midnight Caller: “After It Happened . . .”
Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series Robert Altman, Tanner '88: “The Boiler Room”
Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series Joseph Dougherty, thirtysomething: “First Day/Last Day”
Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special AT&T Presents: Day One (CBS)
Outstanding Comedy Series Cheers (NBC)
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Richard Mulligan, Empty Nest
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Woody Harrelson, Cheers
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Rhea Perlman, Cheers
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Cleavon Little, Stand By Your Man
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Colleen Dewhurst, Murphy Brown: “Mama Said”
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series Peter Baldwin, The Wonder Years: “Our Miss White”
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Diane English, Murphy Brown: “Respect”
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Program The Tracey Ullman Show (Fox)


1988 Tony Awards
Play M. Butterfly
Musical The Phantom of the Opera
Revival Anything Goes
Actor—Play Ron Silver, Speed-the-Plow
Actress—Play Joan Allen, Burn This
Featured Actor—Play B. D. Wong, M. Butterfly
Featured Actress—Play L. Scott Caldwell, Joe Turner's Come and Gone
Actor—Musical Michael Crawford, The Phantom of the Opera
Actress—Musical Joanna Gleason, Into the Woods
Featured Actor—Musical Bill McCutcheon, Anything Goes
Featured Actress—Musical Judy Kaye, The Phantom of the Opera
Director—Play John Dexter, M. Butterfly
Director—Musical Harold Prince, The Phantom of the Opera
Book—Musical Into the Woods, James Lapine
Score—Musical Into the Woods, Stephen Sondheim, music and lyrics
Scenic Designer Maria Björnson, The Phantom of the Opera
Costume Designer Maria Björnson, The Phantom of the Opera
Choreographer Michael Smuin, Anything Goes
Lighting Designer Andrew Bridge, The Phantom of the Opera
Special Awards Brooklyn Academy of Music
South Coast Repertory of Costa Mesa, CA


1988 Grammys

Record of the Year “Don't Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin
Album of the Year Faith, George Michael (Columbia/CBS)
Song of the Year “Don't Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin, songwriter
Best New Artist Tracy Chapman
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male “Don't Worry Be Happy,” Bobby McFerrin
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female “Fast Car,” Tracy Chapman
Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocal Brasil, Manhattan Transfer
Best Pop Instrumental Performance (Orchestra, Group or Soloist) Close-up, David Sanborn
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male “Simply Irresistible,” Robert Palmer
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female Tina Live in Europe, Tina Turner