The Salaka Bears (bobbear@DIGITAL.NET)
Fri, 3 Oct 1997 20:58:25 -0400
Can't bottle the stuff....
___________________________________Don't kid yourself. Are you feeling
old? If not, consider this:
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 M-TV.
"New Wave" is their PARENTS musical generation.
Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, the Pretenders, the Kinks, the Sex Pistols --
are all old music they have heard of, if they have heard of it at all.
They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era.
They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
If they have heard the name "Oliver North," it was probably as a losing
Congressional candidate, or perhaps in some obscure survey history
text's 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.
Having not lived through the Disco Scare, they can romanticize the
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.
>From their earliest years, a camera was something you used once and
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 WOULDN'T buy a Suburban is beyond them.
Most of them have probably never seen a real nun, even if they went to
Since they were taking social studies about places outside the US (4th
or 5th grade) that big orange country on the northern half of Eurasia
labeled "Russian Federation".
They never begged to stay up late to watch Saturday Night Live because
it has been lousy for pretty much their whole lives.
They were too young to remember the first space shuttle flight.
Happy Days was canceled before they were born.
They probably have never encountered a TV with a dial, a rotary
telephone, or "instant" popcorn that you make on a stove.
So, my superannuated friends, why don't we all get together and feel
obsolete over some Geritol Tea?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City