A Trip Back in time to 1984 (Part 2)

Joe Guilbeau, Humorist

From the pages of the July 2, 1982 issue of the Plaquemine Post South a list was given of the total market saturation for its advertisers.

Plaquemine, White Castle, Maringouin, Rosedale, Grosse Tate, St. Gabriele, Sunshine, Dorseville, Sams-Town, Cabbage Town, Bayou Blue, Point Pleasant, Bayou Goula, Reville Town, True Hope, and Indian Village.

That year the 1984 Worlds fair and Louisiana World Exposition was being held in New Orleans. It was billed as one of the most exciting international events of that time which drew 11 million international visitors.

That year 1984 Plaquemine Native son Bobby Freeman was Lt. Governor of the State of Louisiana.

In this document I will illustrate the high rate of inflation since 1984.

The elegant Avenue Plaza Hotel on stately St. Charles avenue offered this special two-day two-night world’s fair package.

It featured deluxe guest rooms, a heated swimming pool and whirlpool spa with lounge chairs and benches. A scenic observation and sun deck with Jacuzzi and sauna. Free transportation was given to the 82 acre fair site with admission tickets to all events. Two-days and two-nights for $149.95.

A 1984 a ford v-8 ltd crown victoria 4 door sedan loaded with disc brakes, steel belted radials, ac, am/fm speaker stereo and tinted glass. All for $10,999.

We must remember that the discounted brands of automobile such as Plymouth, Desota, Pontiac, Rambler, Studebaker, Mercury and others had a lot of loyal customers. A friend of mine from Livonia came to Plaquemine one day and brought two new Plymouth sedans.

I was the proud owner of a Studebaker commander. I have a picture of it with my future bride.

Steel belted firestone tires far as low as $32.95.

Oil change, filter & lube $13.00.

Wheel alignment $19.00.

Classified ad: for sale 1978 guardian mobile home 14 x 70, 3-br with setting blocks and anchors $9000.

Wal-mart had an outside fireworks stand. Buy-1-get-2-free.