by Julia Buckley
In any case, the Internet is an amazing research tool in this respect. Here are some fun websites that I found helpful:
The Eighties Club has all sorts of archived information about this great decade.
Word Origins can be investigated at this interesting blog.
You can find all sort of records of television in past decades, and here is one that I consulted.
Gas prices in 1986 can be easily found online.
I needed to translate some of my dialogue into other languages. Short of consulting a linguist, one can first try a great site like this.
Car and Driver provides the top cars of the decade in question.
Police officer information is archived on this Chicago website.
The great thing about research, online or otherwise, is that it leads you to all sorts of interesting things you weren't even looking for. Research is an edifying experience.
The great Sidney J. Harris used to have a column called "Things I Learned On My Way to Looking Up Other Things." It always made fascinating reading. Now that I've been looking up a lot of things, I know exactly what Harris means.
Maybe you can do some of your own research via these interesting sites! Do you have a fun site of your own to share?