A reY ou F eeling OLD!
Most of the people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1980.....
The Iranian hostage crisis occurred before they were conceived. They have no memory of a time before MTV. "New Wave" is their PARENTS musical generaiotn. Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, the Pretenders, the Kinks, the Sex Pistols are all OLD music they have heard of, ifthey have heard of it at all. They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era. They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was wages. If they have heard the name "Oliver North," it was probably as a losing Congressional candidate, or perhaps in obscure survey history text reference, such as might be made to Huey Long or Teapot Dome. Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression. Their world has always included AIDS. There has only been one Pope. They can only really remember one president. They think the Dust Bowl was a football game. They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and they do not remember the Cold War. CCCP is just a bunch of letters to them. (Souz Sovetskich Socialisticheskich Republic or USSR, if anyone cares). They have never feared a nuclear war. "The Day After" is a pill to some of them, but not a movie. They have only known one Germany. Most of them do not know where Rhodesia was or what was it. (JM) If you ask them about the "Great War" they think of Desert Storm. They are too young to rememeber the Space shuttle blowing up, and Tienanmin Square means nothing to them. They do not know who Mohamar Qaddafi is. The accident at Three Mile Island happened before they were born (and so did the Falkland Islands War). Personal Computers have been available during their entire lives (and so has gambling in Atlantic City). They can't remember when AT&T was the only phone company. They can't reember when an accident at a Union Carbide plant in Bhopal, India killed 2000 people. They can't remember "New Coke" (some might think it is an illegal drug of some sort). They propably don't know who shot J.R. (in fact, they probably have no idea who J.R. is). Having not lived through the Disco Scare, they can romanticize the 1970s. They see "Family Ties" as something middle aged ladies watch. They watched "Star Wars" years ago, when they were kids - on video. Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums and cassette audiotapes; They may have headf of an 8-track, but probably never actually seen (or heard) one. Many of them have never seen a rotary phone, so they're not exactly sure why we say "dial a phone number". Many of them do not exactly know how to use a rotary phone. From their earliest years, a camera was something you used once and threw away. As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents. The oil crisis is history of which they probably know nothing -- and why anyone would NOT buy a Chevy Suburban is beyong them. Most of them have probably never seen a nun in a real habit, even if they went to a Catholic school. Most of them have never seen a nurse in a nurse's white uniform and white hat. (JM)
Complied by Diane Carey, Avi Stein and as noted Jeri Maier
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