Throwback Thursday: A look at the year 1982

Let’s talk about 1982. For many, this year was one of minimal excitement, but for public transportation agencies, this year was a very important one. DART, for one, didn’t even exist, but if it wasn’t for 1982, we wouldn’t be where we are today.

But before we find out why 1982 mattered for DART. Let’s look at some of the other reasons this year was a great one.

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 A man named Scott Fahlman is credited with using the very first smiling (and frowning) emoticon in a Carnegie Mellon message board posting in 1982. Thirty-three years later the more complicated shrug guy makes an appearance the floor of the Senate.


 Farewell ABBA

Sweden’s biggest musical export calls it quits. Let’s enjoy “Dancing Queen” one more time in honor.

The birth of 2015 pop feuds

Nick Minaj, the rapper, singer, songwriter and actress is born in Saint James, Trinidad and Tobago in 1982. Decades later she’s responsible for some of 2015’s best female artist feuds with Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift.

Phone home…

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” is released to theaters on June 11, 1982. The Steven Spielberg movie becomes the highest-grossing film of the 1980s and gives the world the image of an alien dressed like a woman.


And lastly… Money for public transit

The 1982 Surface Transportation Assistance Act establishes a special Mass Transit Account in the Highway Trust Fund providing one cent of the then five-cent gasoline tax to support mass transit projects that would ultimately include DART.

The Highway Trust Fund only has money through the end of October, and public transportation agencies need access to those funds to pay for new capitol projects and maintain infrastructure.

DART urges lawmakers to pass a new long-term, fully funded surface transportation bill that increases investment to support our nation’s transportation infrastructure. To join us and to contact our Congressional delegation, please visit:

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