What A Difference 30 Years Makes

What A Difference 30 Years Makes



1972: Long hair

2002: Longing for hair


1972: KEG

2002: EKG


1972: Acid rock

2002: Acid reflux


1972: Moving to California because it's cool

2002: Moving to California because it's warm


1972: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

2002: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor


1972: Hoping for a BMW

2002: Hoping for a BM


1972: The Grateful Dead

2002: Dr. Kevorkian


1972: Going to a new, hip joint

2002: Receiving a new hip joint


1972: Rolling Stones

2002: Kidney Stones


1972: Disco

2002: Costco


1972: Passing the drivers' test

2002: Passing the vision test


1972: Whatever

2002: Depends


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 this year's

incoming freshmen. Here's this year's list:


The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1983.


They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.

Their lifetime has always included AIDS.

Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic!


The CD was introduced the year they were born.

They have always had an answering machine.

They have always had cable.

They cannot fathom not having a remote control.

Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.

Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.

They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.

They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.

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

They never heard: "Where's the Beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel", or

"de plane Boss, de plane".

They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. even is.

Michael Jackson has always been white.

McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.

They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter or carbon paper.



Here's a little "ditty" one of the engineers in my department gave me at the office the other day. It sure makes interesting reading, indeed, for we "Baby Boomers"!!!