Re: progress?

From: John Walmsley (
Date: Thu Feb 25 1999 - 20:20:55 EET

I don't suppose you hear, " The big hand is on two, and the little hand is
on four;
what time is it?" very much any more, much less references to steam shovels
or steam rollers. The vacuum line to the windshield-wipers and the oil in the
air-cleaner are both history, as are the vent window and hood ornament.

Some of these things we miss, but I REALLY prefer the pocket-calculator to
the slide-rule, having used both. I can also remember my father waiting for
the "adding machine" borrowed from work to finish the multiplication he
had asked of it at tax-time.

At 07:44 AM 2/25/99 -0500, Elaine Hunt wrote:
>Food for thought about today's college generation and what this means to
>product development.
>> 1. The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born
>> in 1980.
>> 2. They have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan Era and did not know
>> he had ever been shot.
>> 3. They were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
>> 4. Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
>> 5. There has been only one Pope. They can only really remember one
>> president.
>> 6. There were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and do not remember the
>> Cold War.
>> 7. They have never feared a nuclear war. "The Day After" is a pill to them,
>> not a movie.
>> 8. They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
>> 9. Tianamen Square means nothing to them.
>> 10. Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
>> 11. Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
>> 12. Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums.
>> 13. The expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
>> 14. They have never owned a record player.
>> 15. They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
>> 16. Star Wars looks very fake to them, and the special effects are pathetic.
>> 17. There have always been red M&M's and blue ones are not new. There used
>> to be beige ones?
>> 18. They may have heard of an 8 track, but probably never have actually seen
>> or heard one.
>> 19. The Compact Disc was introduced when they were just a year old.
>> 20. As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents.
>> 21. They have always had an answering machine.
>> 22. Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen
>> a black-and-white TV.
>> 23. They have always had cable.
>> 24. There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what Beta is.
>> 25. They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
>> 26. They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony.
>> 27. Roller-skating has always meant inline for them.
>> 28. The Tonight Show has always been with Jay Leno.
>> 29. They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
>> 30. Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
>> 31. They have never seen Larry Bird play, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a
>> football player.
>> 32. They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
>> 33. The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as W.W.I, W.W.II, or even
>> the Civil War.
>> 34. They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
>> 35. They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
>> 36. They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
>> 37. They never heard: "Where's the beef?", "I'd walk a mile for a Camel,"or
>> "de plane, de plane!"
>> 38. They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J.R. is.
>> 39. The Titanic was found? I thought we always knew where it was.
>> 40. Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not groups.
>> 41. McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.
>> 42. There has always been MTV.
>> 43. There have always been Cell Phones
>> 44. Wars are watched Live on TV as they happen
>> 45. Disney World has always existed
>> 46 They never heard of Roy Rodgers, Sky King, The Lone
>> Ranger, Hop-A-Long Cassidy or Captain Kangeroo
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