In this third installment of ’80s Love Letters, Alicia and I are in the earliest stage of our relationship.  Even though there are obstacles, both her letter and my diary entry from September 23, 1983 show that we’re equally optimistic that the challenges we’re facing are meant to be overcome.  Remember, she’s 12 and I’m 13, weeks from turning 14.


In today’s second installment of ’80s Love Letters, Alicia addresses our height differences to underscore that she doesn’t really care that she literally towers over me by six inches.  Keep in mind, this letter is from a tween girl of 12.  I am 13 at the time, almost 14.

Manny Ruiz circa 1983

My personal diary entry from September 26, 1983 shows I’m still a bit skeptical that this Amazonian girl really can likes me as intensely as she says she does.

In preparation for this year’s inaugural NostalgiaCon 80s pop culture convention in Anaheim, Sept. 28 & 29, the decade-takeover event is partnering with Best Western® Hotels & Resorts for an ultimate summer #Retro80sRoadTripThe nostalgia-themed road trip is a 20-day, 4,000-mile cross-country journey that will transport our  retro pop culture fans to iconic places where history was made and major trends were born from New York City to Los Angeles and many places in between.

Join us on Throwback Thursday, June 20th from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm PT/9:00 pm CT as we flashback to celebrate America’s passionate love for all things, people, music, fashion and places that are part of our 80’s pop culture world – and that in many cases continue to reverberate today. Make sure to brush up on your trivia skills, and get ready to share photos, videos of your best 80’s moments because we’ll be giving away some totally awesome prizes including VIP passes to NostalgiaCon’s Ultimate 80s Reunion (September 28-29, 2019).

Twitter Party Details:

What: #Retro80sRoadTrip Twitter Party

When: Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 pm PT/9:00 pm CT

Hashtags: #Retro80sRoadTrip #NostalgiaCon80s

Host: @NostalgiaCon80s

Co-Hosts: @DaRealMonieLove @xoxoLizza @JoseResendez @MannyRuiz @TexinMiami


Winners will be selected at random during the Twitter Party, for a total of four (4) winners:

Prize 1: Singing Machine (Retail value: #59.99)

Prize 2: $100 Best Western gift card & a NostalgiaCon t-shirt

Prize 3: $100 Best Western gift card & a NostalgiaCon t-shirt

Prize 4: Two (2) VIP registration passes for NostalgiaCon Ultimate 80s Reunion in Anaheim, CA (Retail value: $289.00 each)

RULES: Click HERE for the Official Rules

RSVP: To be eligible to win prizes, you must RSVP with your Twitter URL below, and tweet an answer to one of the prize questions using both the #Retro80sRoadTrip and #NostalgiaCon80s hashtags. Winners will be selected at random, verified, and announced during the Twitter Party. Twitter URL example for @NostalgiaCon80s: https://twitter.com/nostalgiacon80s

#Retro80sRoadTrip Twitter Party Rules