1982. The year may not seem important to the young generation, but some may remember that doctors performed the first implant of a permanent artificial heart in 1982. The first issue of USA Today was published and the Weather Channel aired on cable for the first time. In 1982, Michael Jackson released “Thriller,” the best-selling album of all time, and the first CD player was sold. Many parents will remember watching “Poltergeist” as children, half-scared to death by its ghosts, and “E.T.” bringing universal wonder and excitement to all. . . .