[Fwd: [Fwd: Feeling Old?]]

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Subject: Feeling Old?
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Are you feeling old?  If not, consider this:

The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born 
in 1980.  They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era, and 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 only been one Pope.

They can only really remember one president. 

They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart, and do not remember the 
Cold War.

They have never feared a nuclear war.

"The Day After" is a pill to them, not a movie.

CCCP is just a bunch of letters.

They have only known one Germany.

They are too young to remember the Space shuttle blowing up, and Tienamin 
means nothing to them.

They do not know who Momar Qadafi is.

Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

They never had a Polio shot, and likely, do not know what it is.

Bottle caps have not only always been screw off, but have always been 
plastic.  They have no idea what a pull top can looks like.

Atari pre-dates 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.

Star Wars looks very fake and the special effects are pathetic.

There have always been Red M&M's, and Blue ones are not new.  What do you 
mean there used to be beige ones?

They may have heard of an 8-track, but chances are they probably have never 
actually seen or heard one.

The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.

As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents.

Zip codes have always had a dash in them.

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.

Rollerskating has always meant inline for them.

They have never heard of King Cola, Burger Chef, The Globe Democrat, Pan AM 
or Ozark Airlines.

They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.

Popcorn has always been cooked in a microwave.

They have never seen and remember a game that included the St. Louis 
Football Cardinals, the Baltimore Colts, the Minnesota North Stars, the 
Kansas City Kings, the New Orleans Jazz, The Minnesota Lakers, The Atlanta 
Flames, or the Denver Rockies (NHL hockey, that is).

They do not consider the Colorado Rockies, the Florida Marlins, The Florida 
Panthers, The Ottawa Senators, the San Jose Sharks, or the Tampa Bay 
Lightning "expansion teams".

They have never seen Larry Bird play, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a Football 

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WWI, WWII or even the 
Civil War.  They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in 

They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.

They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.

They never heard the terms "Where's the beef?", "I'd walk a mile for 
Camel",or "de plane, de plane!".  They do not care who shot J.R. and have 
no idea who J.R. is.  The Cosby Show, The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons, The 
Love Boat, Miami Vice, WKRP in Cincinnati, and Taxi are shows they have 
likely never seen.

The Titanic was found?  I thought we always knew where it was.

They cannot remember the Cardinals ever winning a World Series, or even 
being in one.

Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not groups.

McDonalds never came in Styrofoam container.

Do you feel old now?

Remember, the people who don't know these things will be in college this