Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Beloit College's Mindset List 2008

If you want to feel how much the world has changed in the past 18 years, take a look at the Beloit College Mindset List.

When I was a freshman in college:
  • personal tvs (the analog kind without cable) were black and white and didn't have remotes
  • M*A*S*H was a weekly show
  • LaVerne and Shirley was a hit as was Three's Company (it was the 70s.)
  • there were no 24 hour a day television stations
  • the networks ran our tv watching schedule
  • VCRs were not common
  • microwaves and answering machines were new and too expensive
  • hand-held calculators were new and cost $100
  • computers were huge and you had to learn logic or some other program in order to run them
  • personal stereos were humongous and usually included a turntable
  • disco wasn't dead
  • drinking age was 18
  • internet was but a dream
  • Macs and Windows were apples and windows
  • term papers were typed, did White Out even exist? I can't remember.
  • researching papers meant taking out books and looking up articles on micro film at the library
  • Ma Bell ran the phone company
  • long distance was expensive
  • my city had two daily newspapers
  • Iran held hostages
  • Sting was what you got when a bee got you
  • The Police were law enforcement
  • Madonna was a religious figure
  • pin ball was the game to play if you didn't have pong
  • a gallon of leaded gas cost 63 cents
  • Animal House and Halloween were in the theaters
  • Terry Bradshaw was Pittsburgh's quarterback in the Superbowl

    Whoooooo Boyyyyyy! I don't remember wearing anything like this, but the guys did love their pastel colored leisure suits...

    We Are The Champions - Queen

I think I've done enough time travel for now.

Today's quote comes from Leslie Poles Hartley: The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

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