30 years ago today, on August 1, 1981 – MTV made it’s debut on the country’s cable systems. It was destined to change the face of popular music. I was a spry ten years old at the time and had the fortune to spend the entirety of my musically formative years as part of the first MTV generation. I don’t watch much MTV these days (have segued as so many others into the VH1 and/or CMT generation), but it still holds a special place in my life. So – to celebrate its 30th birthday (just a month after my 40th), I thought I would take a few moments to look back at a few of my favorite MTV memories.