This setting is like christmas for a heavy metal dork like me (like Adam already knows from twitter). Can't wait to see how the story unfolds!
Stuff that happened around 86-87:
*The Oilers won the Stanley Cup
*Sweden is the reigning world champions of hockey
*Ted Kaczynsky, aka the Unabomber, is out and about blowing stuff up
*The spacestation MIR is being assembled above earth
*Halley's Comet went through the solar system
*Aliens, Short Circuit & Stand By Me just went up on the big screen.
*Going Postal just entered the common vernacular
*The Challenger Disaster
*Metallica's tour bus crashes in Sweden, killing bassist Cliff Burton
*Canada introduces the Loonie