The Walla Walla High School Class of 1988 graduated when $3.50 tickets opened theater doors to such films as “Rain Man,” “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Big,” “A Fish Called Wanda,” “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood,” “Twins” and “Beetlejuice.”

Big shoulder pads and bigger hair were hip in 1988. For about $8 per vinyl album, you could listen to Enya, Robert Palmer, Kylie Minogue, U2, The Beach Boys, Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan, Chicago, George Michael, Guns N’ Roses and George Harrison.

Reminiscing is sure to be part of the Class of ’88’s 30th reunion Aug. 10-11 at Basel Cellars Estate Winery, 2901 Old Milton Highway in Walla Walla.

A meet and greet will start at 5 p.m. on Aug. 10, emailed Angie Potts. Appetizers and nonalcoholic drinks will be provided but classmates may also bring favorite beverages.

Starting at noon Aug. 11, classmates may take full advantage of amenities on the estate including the swimming pool, theater, game room and outdoor games.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. followed by music and dancing at 8 p.m. The cost for attending Friday night only is $40 or the whole weekend is $65, which includes attendance on Saturday only.

Payment may be made online at or payment by check may be mailed to Class of 88 Reunion, P.O. Box 5, Walla Walla, WA 99362. Payments made after Aug. 7, need be made at the door on the day of the event and will include an additional $10 fee.

So what else was happening three decades ago? World leaders at the time included President Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev, Russia/Soviet Union General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, and Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

It was Canada’s first time to host a Winter Olympics. The XV games in Calgary offered 46 events in which 1,423 athletes from 57 countries participated.

The Soviet Union, East Germany and Switzerland won the most medals with 29, 25 and 15 respectively, reported

Remember the Jamaican bobsled team that inspired the film “Cool Runnings”? It was the team’s sensational Olympics debut.

And what about self-taught Michael “Eddie the Eagle” Edwards, the first ski jumper from Britain to compete in the event since 1928?

The Iran-Iraq war ended in 1988 after eight years and 1.5 million dead.

Crack, a derivative of cocaine, first appeared that year in the U.S. A series of more than 250 small fires, combined with the 1988 drought, destroyed 793,880 acres — more than one-third — of Yellowstone National Park.

And the U.S. Space Shuttle program restarted 21/2 years after the Challenger disaster.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,