emember that hip and trendy must-have fashion accessory so popular in the '80s--the "Members Only Jacket
"? If you were a teen back then living in the U.S., you definitely do. Especially if you were one of the "cool kids" who's parents could afford to get you a Members Only jacket.
I didn't have one.
Well actually, I had a Members Only knock-off version from Kmart or Montgomery Ward at the mall or something. While I certainly fancied myself as relatively cool (OK, very
cool), the jackets came along at a really tight financial time in our household (and I couldn't wait, like every other cool kid I needed one NOW!) so I settled for a jacket that looked very similar to the real thing--unless anyone looked real close at the little front pocket label tag which was on the outside of all genuine Members Only jackets, bearing The Name.
That tiny little tag was quite the status symbol in those days. I forget what my knock-off said, but from a few feet away it looked close enough (and no one ever called me on it either). It was like "Member Only" (singular not plural) or something like that. Close enough. I felt cool (or cooler
) and all was well.
So here's a 1982 TV commercial for Members Only Jackets, with Anthony Geary of General Hospital
, who was a really popular daytime TV sex symbol in those days. Just look at him, can't you tell?
"When I put one on... something happens."
You look like an uncool idiot?
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