Do You Know Where (or Who) Your Kids Are?

  1. The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1988.

  2. The Iranian hostage crisis occurred before they were conceived.

  3. They have no memory of a time before MTV.

  4. "New Wave" is their PARENTS musical generation.

  5. Cyndi Lauper, Boy George, the Pretenders, the Kinks, the Sex Pistols -- are all old musicians who they have probably never heard of.

  6. They have no meaningful recollection of the Clinton era.  The only vaguely understand who Monica Lewinsky was.

  7. They were infants when the Persian Gulf War was waged.

  8. If they have heard the name "Oliver North," it was probably as a losing Congressional candidate, or perhaps in some obscure survey history text reference, such as might be made to Huey Long or Teapot Dome.

  9. Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.

  10. Their world has always included AIDS.

  11. Having not lived through the Disco Scare, they can romanticize the 1970s.

  12. They see "Family Ties" as something middle-aged ladies watch.

  13. They think the "Star Wars" movies are lame or, at best, camp.

  14. Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums and cassette audiotapes; they may have heard of an 8-track, but probably have never actually seen, or heard one.

  15. From their earliest years, a camera was something you used once and threw away.

  16. As far as they know, stamps have always cost around 30 cents.

  17. The oil crisis is history of which they probably know nothing.

  18. Most of them have probably never seen a real nun, even if they went to Catholic schools.