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Twenty four years ago, this week, MTV debuted. Of course, EVERYONE knows the first video ever played on the network was the Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star.'' Okay, Smarty pants what was the second video ever played?

Pat Benatar's "You Better Run."

I missed all that because it happened at midnight on August 1. I was 10 and not allowed to stay up that late. The first video I saw was something by Blondie. I was hooked. Of course, the network didn't have too many videos then, but - wow! - it sure was fun watching them repeat over and over 24 hours a day. The veejays - hey! New word entering the lexicon! were interesting, too - Mark Goodman, suspendered Alan Hunter - remember them? The late J.J. Jackson, dippy but adorable Martha Quinn - did you know she dated Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys? and later Lords of the New Church - and the shaggy-haired blonde Nina Blackwood.

Those were the days, when every new hour of my life was kicked off by a rocket launch, some scraggly guitar and the announcement of what music videos I would be eyeballing in the next 60 minutes.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:14pm]


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