The Entering College Class
For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994…
– Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.
– Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes ‘American Royalty.’
– Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
– Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.
– They have never seen an airplane ‘ticket.’
– They can’t picture people actually carrying luggage through airports rather than rolling it.
– Their folks have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias on the bookshelf.
– Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles.
– White House security has never felt it necessary to wear rubber gloves when gay groups have visited.
– Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for ‘save,’ a telephone for ‘phone,’ and a snail mail envelope for ‘mail’ have oddly decorated their tablets and smart phone screens.
– They have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as ‘tapes.’
– A bit of the late Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, has always existed in space.
– They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room.
– They know many established film stars by their voices on computer-animated blockbusters.
– The Twilight Zone involves vampires, not Rod Serling.
– They watch television everywhere but on a television.
– Despite being preferred urban gathering places, two-thirds of the independent bookstores in the United States have closed for good during their lifetimes.
– Astronauts have always spent well over a year in a single space flight.