By rinoagozzino

Chapter 6 - 1993

With the new responsibility of owning our own home, a mortgage to pay each month and a trip back to Sicily to introduce Cathy to the family the following year, we had to save some money. So it was time to take stock of our lives, evaluate what was important to us and prioritize accordingly. After some deep and meaningful soul searching, some heated debate and a joint acceptance that sacrifices had to be made, we made the lifestyle change that secured our short term financial future. Yes we downgraded from what we considered to be the Rolls Royce of cigarettes, Benson & Hedges, to the cheaper Lambert & Butler brand. It was a thoughtful and wise decision in that not only did we temporarily negate the year on year price increases but the Lamberts also tasted better. They had a smoother finish and weren’t as harsh as the Bensons. Anyway this line of thinking is not making my task of quitting any easier, so let’s move on.
The year is 1993 and Take That got their first Number 1, with “Pray”, they would go on to score another seven Number 1’s before splitting in 1996. The biggest selling single of the year came from Meat Loaf who hit Number 1 for seven weeks with “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”. It came from the album “Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell”, also the biggest selling of the year. But not even the powerhouse that is Meatloaf could defend against the staggering popularity of the bulbous pink figure covered in yellow spots, sporting a permanent toothy grin and jiggling eyes. Appearing on Noel Edmonds Saturday night variety TV show “Noel’s House Party”. It was Mr. Blobby that dethroned Meatloaf to claim the Christmas number 1 spot.

It was the year that saw the passing of sporting legends Bobby Moore and James Hunt, tennis star Monica Seles is stabbed in the back by an obsessed fan of rival Steffi Graff, Manchester United won the inaugural English Premier League title, their first league title in 26 years and Evander Holyfield beat Riddick Bowe by decision in twelve rounds to regain the world's unified Heavyweight title.

The much loved rom-com "Sleepless in Seattle" comes out, the first episode of "The X-Files" airs, showing that the Truth Is Out There, Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park" beats "E.T" to become the highest-grossing film worldwide at the time and we all relive February 2nd over and over again with Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day".
It was in 1993 that the pioneering physiologist who was credited with being the first to prove that smoking caused lung cancer and increased the risk of heart disease, Sir Richard Doll’s latest study results suggested smokers are three times more likely to die in middle-age than non-smokers, and up to half of all smokers may eventually die from their habit. But was that enough to make me give up? Perhaps there was a weak attempt at the start of the year, to be honest theirs been so many that I can’t remember if this was one of them. The truth is I was still immature, still felt invincible, with youthful naivety and blissful ignorance. Perhaps that’s why the epitome of 1993 for me is a song that was reissued after appearing in an advert for VW.

B&H, ahh those deathsticks....
another great addition to your quest!