I remember growing up in the 60's hearing all about the
Now to my horror I'm on the wrong side of it, and to top things off this
internet thing has people telling me why my take on the world is so outdated!
Just in case you weren't feeling too old today, this will certainly
change things. Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts
together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mind set of the
incoming freshmen. These are college age kids folks. So grab your bifocals and
read 'em and weep.
Here is this year's list:
The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in
They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and probably
did not know he had ever been shot.
They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
There has been only one Pope.
They were 8 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember
the Cold War. They have never feared a nuclear war.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Tiananmen Square means nothing to them.
Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
Motor oil has always come in plastic bottles.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums. The expression "you sound
like a broken record" means nothing to them.
They have never owned a record player.
Beverage cans have always had pull tabs and never required an opener.
They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was
introduced when they were 1 year old.
As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 37 cents.
They have always had an answering machine.
Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels and would have
no clue what the "U" channel is, nor have they seen a black-and-white
They have always had cable.
There has always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA is.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
They were born after Walkman were introduced by Sony.
Roller-skating has always meant inline for them.
Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
They have never seen Larry Bird play.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as W.W.I, W.W.II and the Civil
They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
They never heard: Where's the beef? I'd walked a mile for a Camel,
or de plane, de plane. They do not care who shot J.R. and have no idea who J.R.
The Titanic was found? They thought we always knew where it was.
Michael Jackson has always been white.
Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not groups.
McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.
There has always been MTV.
They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
Don't you feel older now? Come on up and we'll cry in our drinks