Here's a collection of partices systems and other simulations from the 80's, telling a little bit of the particles history, showing the first particle system ever and this technique's evolution through that decade.
I'd like to thank's Jerry Weil and Karl Sims for all their attention and help on this research, also to the Particle Skull comunity for all the support.
Here you can check the William T. Reeves paper where the term "Particle System" was first introduced:
You can also read the Karl Sims paper "Particle Animation and Rendering Using Data Parallel Computation" that helped me a lot finding some great 80's content:
Karl Sims' "Particle Dreams" full video:
VintageCG is youtube channel with a unique content. Got a few videos from them:
Produced by Alvaro Moreira and Particle Skull
Soundtrack: Vymir - 80's Music http://goo.gl/Oc98dG