30 Years of Adam: 1985

Adam Reisinger, the creator of AdamReisinger.com, turns 30 on May 17, 2010. As part of the countdown to his 30th birthday, AdamReisinger.com looks back on the major events in the world on May 17th each year since 1980.

I don't fly much. I just don't like it. And I'm sure I wasn't flying on my 5th birthday, when the Air Line Pilots Association went on strike, forcing United to cancel almost 90% of its flights on May 17, 1985. The strike lasted 29 days, so air travel was pretty much screwed up for an entire month (and it's not like when the strike ended, everything was back to normal).
In the NBA, the Lakers beat the Nuggets 136-118, taking a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Finals. It marked the third consecutive game in the series in which the winning team scored at least 136 points. The Lakers averaged 132.4 PPG in the five-game series.

The Mets won via a 12th-inning walk-off single by Gary Carter, in a game that probably went way past Adam's bedtime. Ron Darling gave up just 2 earned in 9 innings, but wasn't around to get the decision. The win lifted the Mets a game and a half ahead of the Cubs for the Division lead, though eventually both teams would be passed by the Cardinals.

Notable May 17, 1985 birthdays:
- football player Matt Ryan
- Dancing With the Stars's Derek Hough