boomers

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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    Jeri Maier BS - USF, MSSM - CND
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