The 1980's

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 mindset of that year's incoming freshmen. Here is this year's list:

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1980-81:

  • 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 11 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.
  • Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
  • 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.
  • 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 32 cents.
  • They have always had an answering machine.
  • Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels nor have they seen a black-and-white TV.
  • They have always had cable.
  • There have always been VCR's, but they have no idea what BETA is.
  • They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
  • They were born the year that Walkmen 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 WWI, WWII and the Civil War.
  • 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 walk 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. is.
  • 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 music groups.
  • McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.
  • There has always been MTV.
  • They don't have a clue of how to use a typewriter.

Do you feel old yet? Pass this on to other ancient ones...
NONE of us are "ancient ones."


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