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So I Opened A Performing Arts School at the Mall...

I was a teenager in the 1980’s, the golden age of shopping malls. We lived in a rural area, but my Friday nights were still based on hanging out with my friends at Lehigh Valley Mall, Berkshire Mall, or (if we were feeling fancy) The King of Prussia Mall. Even before I could drive, someone’s mom would drop us all off, and we had a complete evening of adventure laid out for us: eating Mexican food at Chi-Chi’s, playing some games in the arcade, laughing our way through Spencer Gifts, spending my allowance at the record store. Movies like FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and VALLEY GIRL reinforced the mall culture. One of my favorite images of the eighties is Tom Petty strumming his guitar down the endless escalator of the mall in his “Free Fallin’” video.