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Thursday, August 24, 2006

State of Mind

As I'm trying to get myself back into the mindframe of an 18 year old during their first week at college for class tomorrow, I came across this, the Beloit College's Mindset List for the Class of 2010. The list "is used by educators and clergy and by the military and business in their efforts to connect with the new generation."

Since I know some of you are not clickers of my links, I'll highlight a few of the things for you.

Members of the class of 2010, entering college this fall, were mostly born in 1988. For them: Billy Carter, Lucille Ball, Gilda Radner, Billy Martin, Andy Gibb, and Secretariat have always been dead.

1. The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union.
7. They have never heard anyone actually "ring it up" on a cash register.
22. Mr. Rogers, not Walter Cronkite, has always been the most trusted man in America
24. Madden has always been a game, not a Superbowl-winning coach.
27. There has never been a "skyhook" in the NBA
43. They are not aware that "flock of seagulls hair" has nothing to do with birds flying into it.
52.They never played the game of state license plates in the car.
63. Television stations have never concluded the broadcast day with the national anthem.
75. Professional athletes have always competed in the Olympics.

I was feeling old until I began to sing the unforgetable words of the juicy fruit commercials. "Being cool you'll find is a state of mind. A refreshing attitude. When things get hot, cool is all you want. Doing it Juicy Fruit" Or something like that, but it probably doesn't matter anyway since what 18 year old is going to remember that song anyway.