12 years old By the time the 1980s rolled around, the decay had started to set in. Except with better music, and of course, personal computers.

My adolescence was Depeche Mode, Culture Club, U2, Cyndi Lauper, the Human League, Duran Duran. I discovered Queen, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, R.E.M. and many others. My world kind of exploded outward.

I marked time by the comics. Jean Grey of the X-Men died. The Justice League's satellite HQ was destroyed. The DC Multiverse was wiped out in a Crisis On Infinite Earths. Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons came up with Watchmen, and Frank Miller produced The Dark Knight Returns. It was an era of tearing things down, of deconstructionism.

I got an Apple ][. And then switched, like the rest of the world, to an Intel IBM PC clone because it was cheap. I'd keep lusting after Macs until I started work and could afford one.

I discovered girls. I liked them.

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