Valley Register (1982)

Why look at a guidebook to Arizona businesses from 1982? The pictures and descriptions are a wonderful slice of life from almost four decades past. From nightclubs to computer shops to radio stations, the Valley Register provides a nice glimpse into local retail, food and entertainment businesses.

The ’82 fashions and hair styles are impeccable.

Seems like a rather racy picture for a coin collector’s shop.

The whole Urban Cowboy thing was big in ’82.

Is it just me, or do you find it a bit odd for a restaurant ad to feature Anita in a hot tub? “Come on in the water’s fine!”

At Bogart’s you can enjoy the final days of disco.

Pretty impressive to have Robin Williams and (my favorite) Murray Langston.

Back when radio stations actually employed real humans to play music.

Featuring Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone. Stay Classy, Phoenix!

From Wikipedia: Honkytonk Sue: The Queen of Western Swing is a comic character which first appeared in National Lampoon in 1977. It was created by Bob Boze Bell. Honkytonk Sue later appeared as a weekly comic strip in the Phoenix New Times from 1978 to 1980. The character was optioned by Columbia Pictures in 1983, and Larry McMurtry, among others, worked on scripts (four were created over a two-year period) for a Goldie Hawn vehicle, that was never made.

“It’s the only place in town where you can reach out and touch someone without getting in trouble” says some dude named Tracy.

What a variety in entertainment – one night it’s a Dolly Parton lookalike contest, the next, full contact karate.

I am not getting this Greatest American Hero reference. William Katt played the clumsy superhero who didn’t understand his suit’s powers… who’s this Godel guy?

Do you really want this sort of entertainment? I’m thinking they just make things awkward.

Read the description – this Tomas guy sounds like an eccentric Renaissance man.

I’ll take the Cat People and the Phantom of the Paradise posters.

This is just so unusual. A store for individually made greeting cards – endorsed by Rusty Warren?

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