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Throwback Thursday - Bart Conner

Today we’re donning our track suits and scrunchies because it’s Throwback Thursday of the 1980s! Let’s explore one of our favorite decades! Today’s theme is inspired by Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Bart Conner. His hometown is Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Conner is the only American gymnast to win gold medals at every level of competition. He competed in the Olympics in 1976, 1980, and 1984! At the 1984 Olympics, Conner won two gold medals in team events and the parallel bars. Conner now dedicates his time to a gymnastics gym he and his wife, Nadia Comaneci, run and works extensively with the Special Olympics. You can learn more by reading Bart Conner’s Oklahoma Hall of Fame biography.

So many fun things happened in the 1980s! Wanda Jackson joined the rockabilly revival, Wayman Tisdale played on the 1984 US Men’s Olympic Basketball team, and Toby Keith started playing music full time!


Movie Time! Oliver and Company was released in 1988 and quickly became a hit! You can rent and stream it now. Have you watched Disney’s Ducktales? Well it was originally released in the 1980s! Check out the intro here before watching some of the first season episodes.


Storytime! What makes learning about the 1980s better? A dog of course! Eric Hill’s Where’s Spot? was published in 1980. You can even hear Eric Hill read it aloud!


Arts & Crafts! I know we’re all glad to see the sun back out, which means we need our shades! Since we’re learning about the 1980s, we need to keep our wardrobe on par. Check out these awesome sunglasses you can make!


Make & Eat it! A lot of snack foods became popular in the 1980s. Any ideas what some of them were? Potato skins were one of them! Try these totally rad pizza potato skins from Oklahoma Hall of Fame Member Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman!

Listen to it! One of the things the 1980s is most known for is its music! You should ask your adults what their favorite song was and what dance move they loved! Check out this fun playlist of 1980s songs. Want more? Listen to these soundtrack songs from 1980s movies!

Keep learning more of Oklahoma’s Story! We hope that you have a fun time at home returning to the 1980s! As always, there’s more to this Oklahoma story, come back tomorrow and we’ll have more for you to explore! Please post pictures of your Throwback Thursday and share them with us: #ohofathome

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