In 1983, only diehard Wolfpack fans expected Jim Valvano's NC State team to defeat Houston for the national championship. Not only did they do that, but the Wolfpack got seven of its final nine wins despite trailing with just a minute remaining. The film of Valvano running around the court after the game looking for someone to hug is one of the most iconic images in the history of the NCAA Tournament.

What was life like then?


Then and Now 1983 2013
Gallon of Milk


Loaf of Bread

51 cents

Gallon of Gas


U.S. Population


Federal Debt

$1.3 trillion

     $16.1 trillion
Music Player

Sony Walkman ($99.99)

iPod (starting at $49)
Highest grossing film

Return of the Jedi ($252 million)

The Avengers ($1.5 billion in 2012)
President of the United States

Ronald Reagan

Barack Obama