The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1980.....
they have no meaningful recollection of the Reagan era.
they were prepubescent when the Persian Gulf War was waged.
Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
their world has always included AIDS.
Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums and cassette audiotapes;
they may have heard of an 8-track, but probably never actually seen (or heard) one.
the digital Disc was presented to Wall street when they were 1 year old.
from their earliest years, a camera was something you used once and threw away.
as far as they know, stamps have always cost about 32 cents.
few, if any, have lived without an answering machine.
few have used a TV set with only 13 channels.
some use the word "clickers" for "remote control", yet they do not know why they say it.
they were born the year that Walkman were introduced by Sony.
the expression "you sound like a broken record" means nothing to them.
YOU'RE PROBABLY AGED 25 TO 35 IF:
You wore anything Izod, especially those windbreakers that folded up into a pouch you could wear around your waist.
You owned a Jordache anything, or you remember when Jordache jeans were cool.
You remember LeFreak by Chic
In your sophomore class picture, you're wearing an Izod shirt with the collar "up."
"All-skate, change directions" means something to you.
In high school, you and all your friends discussed elaborate plans to get together again at the end of the century and play "1999" by Prince over and over again.
You rode in the back of the station wagon and you faced the cars behind you in the "tail gunner" position.
Schoolhouse Rock played a HUGE part in how you actually learned the English language.
You actually know who Rick Springfield is.
You're starting to believe (now that it wouldn't affect YOU) that maybe having the kids go to school year-round wouldn't be such a bad idea after all.
You ever wanted to be gagged with a spoon.
Bo and Luke Duke.
There was nothing strange about Bert and Ernie living together.
Knickers and leg warmers were cool
You learned to swim about the same time "Jaws" came out and still carry the emotional scars to this day.
You ever wanted to learn to play "Stairway to Heaven" on the guitar and choreographed "Dancing Queen" by yourself in your room.
The first time you ever kissed someone was at a dance during"Crazy for You" by Madonna.
You ever used the phrase "kiss mah grits" in conversation.
You had ringside seats for Luke and Laura's wedding
You know who shot J.R.
This rings a bell: "My name, is Charlie...they work for me."
You ever had a Dorothy Hammill haircut
You sat with your friends on a Friday night and dialed "8-6-7-5-3-0-9" to see if Jenny would answer.
You owned a pair of Rainbow suspenders just like Mork used to wear.
You remember when your cable TV box had the three rows of numbers and you had to move the selector switch accordingly.
You could sing "99 Red Balloons" in English and in German.
Your jaw would ache by the time you finished those "brick-sized" packages of Bazooka gum.