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2 5 ...... Y E A R S ...... A G O ......T O D A Y ! !
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See those clouds in the northeast?​
These were the trailing edge of a system that stretched all the way​
to Nevada and beyond, dumping tons of rain and flooding streets in Las Vegas​
that afternoon. I, scheduled to work at Shakey's Pizza that night and unable to​
get out of it, made up the story of being unable to drive out of my driveway.​
I could have made it, despite my street being a quick moving​
torrent of brown from lawn to lawn, but I was desperate. Back then​
there was no f*****g TVO! I called it in, stayed home and sat through​
the hokey "Settling the Wild West" show, but was amazed by the Jet-Pack Man,​
the 88 pianists and their Gershwin, and the parade of athletes.​
The sun was setting warm as usual and as the soft shadow of the​
western rim of the Coliseum set the tone, I remember the crowd was hushed
but excited as Rafer Johnson climbed the steps up to the bottom of the rings.​
The shadow seemed to follow him. No one knew how the torch would be lit.​
Women squealed discreetly here and there and everyone was so mesmerized​
by the rings blazing that even the director missed the cauldron at the top!​
Then the roar!
Having your city on worldwide television for two weeks feels pretty good,​
especially if it is a success. This was the most successful Olympic Games​
to date and I think it ushered in global recognition for us.​
This, the best time in Los Angeles' history!
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Down below, amid all the old cars, you can see O.J. Simpson in happier days, working his way up the incline in Santa Monica :)
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fbpa.wayne​
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The Opening crowd​
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Torrance Public Works​
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The Shadow and the Roar!​
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fbpa.wayne
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The closing, which included a spaceship that was unexpected to say the least :)
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ASSOCIATED PRESS​
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The way we used to build in 1923​
GRIFRAY​
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ah the '84 games! That's the one that's known as the one where the Russians boycotted, in retaliation for the US boycott of the Moscow games in '80
 

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didn't LA only get the Olympics twice not because we are awesome, but because it was the only city that submitted a bid in 84, due to the fact the 76 Olympics went into so much debt? However we managed to actually make a profit in 84!!! It is now considered the most financially successful modern Olympics. :banana:

Too bad I was not born until the year after :eek:hno:
 

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That's why I went on with my impressions because I knew all you f******s would be too young to know s*** :)
 

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I have a video of the highlights. Jon Jerde did most of the design work, which was Postmodernist, colorful, and fun in an L.A. way. That was also the time when John Williams was commissioned to compose the Olympic theme. Los Angeles, and the rest of southern California, were able to host the event without having to build any venues, so that fact was one of the main reasons 1984's Olympics were so cost-effective. There was also a definite Hollywood sensibility, including such things as a spacecraft with an extra-terrestrial landing at the Closing Ceremonies.
 

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An extensive video of this from ABC Sports is the hardest thing to find... you would think they would sell this.
 

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I'm in there somewhere. Sure I was 9 months old but my mom went to the opening ceremonies with me in tow.

Oh and here is the spaceship.
 

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First time I've seen that in 25 years- exactly how I remember it, thanks Soup
(although no one believes you were at the opening ceremony :))​
 

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I don't understand the reason every two or four years American networks have their sportscasters provide amateurish and inane color commentary on the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. They're produced pageants, not sporting events.

Bob Costas has been just as bad in more recent years on NBC.
 

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I think the best opening ceremonies I've seen was the one from a few years ago when that archer shot that flaming arrow and lit the olympic flame, that was an amzing shot! I'm betting he was trained in the US Marine Corps Scout Sniper school :D
 

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I think the best opening ceremonies I've seen was the one from a few years ago when that archer shot that flaming arrow and lit the olympic flame, that was an amzing shot! I'm betting he was trained in the US Marine Corps Scout Sniper school :D
That was Barcelona. And I still don't know how he did that.

 

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I'll tell you what's impaling my eye-
that avatar of your dirty underwear for all the world to gaze upon!​
 

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Los Angeles, and the rest of southern California, were able to host the event without having to build any venues, so that fact was one of the main reasons 1984's Olympics were so cost-effective.
Not entirely true. While the major venues were existing structures L.A. did have to build some of the "minor" ones such as the swim stadium (at USC), the tennis center (at UCLA), and the velodrome (since demolished at CSU Dominguez Hills to make way for the Home Depot Center).
 
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