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Subject: Getting Old


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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 freshman.

Here is this year's list:
The people who are starting college this Fall across the nation were born in 1982.

  • 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 insignificant 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. (Remember the sand bags at the school and the reminder, "Stop, Drop and Cover?")
  • They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
    Tianamen Square means nothing to them.
  • 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 33 cents.
    They have always had an answering machine.
  • Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they a black and white TV. They have always had cable.
  • There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA is.
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