Standing up for the rights of other '80s fans
Talking endlessly about the '80s with all of you around the world is reward enough, but yesterday Stuck in the 80s was named the best media-affiliated entertainment blog in the country at the 2007 Eppy Awards. It was the 12th year the awards, presented by Editor & Publisher magazine and Mediaweek, were presented to outstanding websites around the world. Our sister blog on Florida politics -- The Buzz -- was a finalist for best news blog.
This is the second national award given to Stuck in the 80s. (Last year, it won for Best Online Community by the Online News Association.) I'm starting to feel a little like Robert Carradine in Revenge of the Nerds. Maybe Anthony Edwards. Definitely not Booger or Ogre (though I can do a mean belch). When accepting the award, I didn't give the whole "I'm standing up for the rights of other nerds" speech, but I was tempted. Instead, I had a check-list in my mind in case I won, so I followed it:
- Don't yell "Victory" or start singing French national anthem when announcement is made. (Check)
- Don't pull a Chevy Chase and fall on the steps up to the stage. (Check)
- Don't drop large glass plaque a la Mel Brooks in History of the World. Oy! (Check)
- Introduce myself clearly on microphone. (Umm, I think I sorta mangled it. People were calling me 'Sven Pierce' afterward -- in the glow of the moment, I must have sounded Swedish.)
Then comes the free-wheeling part. I blurted out, "I thought I'd never get to do this, but thanks go to Rick Springfield, Molly Ringwald, John Hughes and Steve Perry for all their help and for keeping me stuck in the 80s." Big laugh from the audience, who until then were probably wondering why I was the only one there wearing a Hawaiian shirt.
If they'd given me more than 15 seconds to talk, I would have thanked all of you too. It's your continued participation in this blog that makes it especially worthwhile to me. Keep the e-mails and comments coming. And remember, "No one will really be free until '80s persecution ends."
Top 5 printable lines from Revenge of the Nerds:
5. "I've been out combing the high schools all day."
4. "Nerds saw me naked!"
3. "What the *@#! are robster craws?
2. "No one will really be free until nerd persecution ends.
1. "I'm a nerd too. I just found that out tonight. We have news for the beautiful people. There's a lot more of us then there are of you."