PHOENIX, Arizona, February 11. THIS weekend at the 2013 Metro Championships, Good Counsel's Jack Conger took down one of the most iconic and historic national high school records ever — Jeff Kostoff's 1983 time in the 500-yard free.
Swimming World covered the swim extensively, with videos, already this weekend as Conger clocked a 4:13.87 to smash the previous record of 4:16.39 set by Kostoff for Upland High in California on May 14, 1983.
You can see a young Kostoff on a Swimming World cover back in the 1980s with fellow star Tiffany Cohen in the picture above.
Today, however, we wanted to take a time machine back to 1983 to remind some people of just the type of life we led when Kostoff set the record.
– Microsoft Word was launched, revolutionizing word processing forever
– A gallon of gas was $1.25
– Sally Ride become the first American women in space on the Space Shuttle Challenger
– ARPANET, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network, a U.S. defense information network, made the change to using Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). Or, in other words, the Internet as we would come to know it is born
– Swatch launched their first watches
– The final episode of MASH aired to a record 121.6 million viewers
– Cabbage Patch Doll collecting becomes the rage
– Popular films were Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Tootsie, Trading Places, War Games, Flashdance, Staying Alive, National Lampoon's Vacation and Terms of Endearment
– Top songs included Every Breath You Take by The Police, All Night Long by Lionel Richie and Beat It and Billy Jean from Michael Jackson.
– World leaders included the likes of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher
– Rick Carey and Ute Geweniger won Swimming World's World Swimmers of the Year
What are some of your memories from 1983?