1982–1984. We said good-bye to M*A*S*H and hello to Cheers. Gandhi took Oscar’s Best Picture and, with the rise of personal computers, Debbies Book went high tech.
For the first time, the book was laid out on a computer and sent to a printer. Little did we all realize how computers and the Internet would be such game changers. Cellphones made their first appearance in the States, another big game changer. Prop Houses were beginning to move north of Hollywood. Earl Hays Press relocated and Independent Studio Services, Lennie Marvin, Woody’s Electronic Props on San Fernando Rd. marked the beginning of the move to Sun Valley. Back in Hollywood, larger independent prop houses like Omega Props began gobbling up smaller ones. Twenty-five years ago props were a lot simpler. Typical categories listed in the book were License Plates, Record Players, Phonographs and Turntables (both for records and Scenery Construction). Duplicating scripts was a pain. Kinkos wasn’t widespread; you had to go to small companies who had Xerox services. Of course, Kinkos is now FedEx. Yes, time changes everything, and Debbies Book continues to change with the times.