My wonder years
The 80s of the Twentieth Century was a period where some of the most powerful political leaders of the world at least tried to solve a few of the most worrying global political issues at the time. I reckon this fact makes this decade a little bit different from the predecessor and successor years. Maybe the two most relevant political leaders who guided the rest of the world during this period were Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. I find that the fall of the Berlin Wall (1989), the dissolution of the Soviet Union (1988-1991), and the consequent end of the Cold War (1947-1991) were good news, at least during those years. Although today we may have a slightly different opinion of these facts considering everything that has happened since then. Anyway, I find there was a very positive political climate of peace-making and reconciliation in the 80s, and I find it hard to understand why we have not kept that path during the following years.
Another positive thing that happened during those years was the cultural boom in arts, such as in pop/rock music, or in the film industry. I find that maybe some of the best pieces of art of the Twentieth Century were made during the 80s. Bands such as Metallica, Queen, or Guns N' Roses, and songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen or Michael Jackson, to name a few, had their finest moment then. Classic adventure, fantasy and science-fiction films such as the Star Wars saga broke the records, and very good quality teenage-oriented films were made, such as 'The Breakfast Club', 'The Goonies' or 'Back to the Future', to name three of my favorites.