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Macwoods Turns 30: Flashback 1986

This year, MacDonald Hardwoods celebrates 30 years of providing quality hardwood floors to the good people of Colorado.  In honor of this auspicious occasion, we though we’ d take a look back to what was happening in 1986 when Macwoods got its start:

Denver 1986 Branded Wood Header

  • Colorado Population: 3.2million, 59% of the current 5.4million (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

  • Denver’s population: 500,090, 75% of the current population of 663,862 (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)

  • John Elway begins the 3rd year of his 16-year career as a quarterback with the Broncos

National 1986 Branded Wood Header

  • US Population: 240.1 million, 75% of the current population of 321.65 million

  • Ronald Reagan has just completed the first year of his second term as President of the United States

  • The Iran–Contra affair, in which the U.S. is reported to have secretly sold weapons to Iran in order to secure the release of 7 American hostages held by pro-Iranian groups in Lebanon, comes to light


  • Smoking is banned on all public transport including trains, planes, buses and coaches


  • The first federal Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed


  • Approximately 6.5 million people hold hands along a path across the continental United State for Hands Across America

International 1986 Branded Wood Header

  • World Population: 4.95 Billion, 69% of the current 7.4 Billion

  • The Soviet Union launches the Mir space station

  • Biggest nuclear accident in history occurs at the Soviet Union’s Chernobyl power station

Entertainment 1986 Branded Wood Header

  • The Oprah Winfrey Show comes on the air

  • The Fox television network is created

  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame holds its first ever induction ceremony. Inductees include Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, James Brown, Ray Charles, and other rock icons

  • Top Gun is the highest grossing film.  Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Platoon, The Fly, and Pretty in Pink are also released this year

  • The Howard Stern Radio Show enters national syndication


  • Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, and the Olsen twins are all born in 1986


  • Dr. Who is on its 6th Doctor


  • “We Are the World,” wins 2 Grammys; Whitney Houston releases “The Greatest Love of All “


  • Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove wins the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Sports 1986 Branded Wood Header

  • Mike Tyson wins his first title, becoming the youngest Heavyweight Champion in history

  • A Super Bowl XX ad costs $550,000. 30-second spots during Super Bowl L in 2016 are expected to sell for as much as $5 million

  • Jack Nicklaus becomes the oldest golfer to ever win the Masters Tournament

Economy 1986 Branded Wood Header

  • US Debt: $2.1 Trillion, 12% of the current $18.1 Trillion

  • Average price of a new house: $89,430

  • Cost of a first-class stamp:   $0.22

  • Average cost of 5 lbs of potatoes: $1.00

  • Average cost of gas: $1.24/gal

  • Base price of a Ford Mustang: $7,452

  • Median Household Income (in current dollars):  $24,897

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  • Hundreds of thousands watch as the Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates 73 seconds after launch

  • Halley’s Comet passes closer to the Earth than it ever has before during its second visit to the solar system in the 20th century

  • IBM unveils the PC Convertible, the first laptop computer


  • Camcorders start to become common household items


  • Tandy 600 Portable Computer can be purchased for $1599.00


  • Human Genome Project is launched


A lot has changed since we first opened our doors three decades ago.  But one thing has not – we were then are are now proud and grateful to b able to serve the Denver community and look forward to doing so for decades to come.