I spotted a reference to one of my favorite annual lists on MSNBC a couple of mornings ago, “Wear a wristwatch? Use e-mail? Not for Class of ‘14” – it’s the Beloit College Mindset List, providing readers the cultural pulse of this year’s incoming college freshmen. And yes, I again felt OLD (almost 40 – make that ANCIENT!) as I read many of the things… here were a few of my favorites.
For this year’s incoming college freshmen:
- Clint Eastwood is better known as a sensitive director than as Dirty Harry.
- Leno and Letterman have always been trading insults on opposing networks.
- Computers have never lacked a CD-ROM disk drive.
- Benny Hill, Sam Kinison, Sam Walton and Tony Perkins have always been dead.
- Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.
- “Go West, Young College Grad” has always implied “and don’t stop until you get to Asia… and learn Chinese along the way.”
- They never twisted the coiled handset wire aimlessly around their wrist while chatting on their phone.
- Fergie is a pop singer, not a princess.
- Unless they found one in their grandparents’ closet, they have never seen a carousel of Kodachrome slides.
- Colorful lapel ribbons have always been worn to indicate support for a cause.
- Russians and Americans have always been living together in space.
- Nirvana is on the classic oldies station.
- Rock bands have always played at presidential inaugural parties.
- Beethoven has always been a dog.
- Having hundred of cable channels but nothing to watch has always been routine.
- The Post Office has always been going broke.
Take a look at the full list, and let me know - what were some of your favorites?