1980-1989: DECADE OF ECONOMIC TURMOIL & TRANSITION
Maybe it was a the result of an odd planetary alignment, or just some kind of Hoosier hoodoo. Whatever the case, Indiana hatched a disproportionate share of talented individuals who left their mark on 1980s popular culture.
Claim to fame: Singer with the Jackson 5 and the Jacksons; hugely successful solo artist
Major achievements: 1982's "Thriller" sold more than 20 million copies and is one of the top-selling albums of all time
Catch phrase: Self-proclaimed "King of Pop"
Last seen: In a hyperbaric with chimp Bubbles; last album was 1997's "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix"
Claim to fame: Released 17 studio albums since 1976; helped organize Farm Aid concert series to benefit family farmers
Major achievements: Achieved critical and commercial success; many of his songs have reached the Top 10; career survived numerous name changes Johnny Cougar, John Cougar, John Cougar Mellencamp and John Mellencamp
Catch phrase: "Little Pink Houses for you and me"
Last seen: Doing a soundcheck at Memorial Coliseum
Claim to fame: Gap-toothed, wiseacre host of late-night talk shows for 18 years 11 at NBC on "Late Night with David Letterman" and the past seven on CBS' "The Late Show with David Letterman"
Major achievements: Seven Emmy Awards; 22 appearances on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson"; bachelor's degree in radio and television from Ball State University in Muncie; gets to work alongside Paul Schaffer
Catch phrase:"And now, ladies and gentlemen, tonight's Top Ten List"
Last seen: Weeknights on WANE, Channel 15
Claim to fame: Five years as pretentiously pedantic barmaid Diane Chambers on "Cheers"
Major achievements: An Emmy Award and two Golden Globes for "Cheers" gig; stint with Chicago's famed "Second City" improvisational troupe; South Side High School cheerleader and, as South Side speech-team member, was first woman in 20 years to win National Forensic League's oratory competition.
Catch phrase: "Oh, Sam . . ."
Last seen: Sporting Florence Henderson's shag in "A Very Brady Sequel"
Claim to fame: Actress on television's "Good Times" and "Diff'rent Strokes"; successful singer
Major achievements: Several hit solo albums "Control," "Rhythm Nation 1814," "Janet" and "Velvet Rope"
Catch phrase: "What have you done for me lately?"
Last seen: Recently toured in support of "Velvet Rope"
Claim to fame: Singer/agitator with Guns N' Roses, now a recluse
Major achievements: Multiplatinum album "Appetite for Destruction" helped kill wave of 80s hair metal
Many successful tours and only a few riots. His band helped refine, and redefine, rock n' roll excess
Catch phrase: "Take me down to the Paradise City"
Last seen: Preparing first Guns N' Roses record in six years
Claim to fame: Rhythm guitarist with Guns N' Roses
Major achievements: Helped write many of GNR's best songs. Solo artist with two records
Catch phrase: "I'm with Axl"
Last seen: Released CD "117O" in 1998
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Claim to fame: Successful producer, singer, performer and songwriter
Major achievements: "Tender Love" sold 2 million copies in 1989; produced CDs by Paula Abdul, Bobby Brown and Mariah Carey, and Eric Clapton's hit "Change the World" for "Phenomenon" soundtrack
Catch phrase: None, but should be, "I am the hit-maker"
Last seen: Still a major player in the recording industry; a stretch of Interstate 65 outside Indianapolis bears his name