Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin compiles a list for the faculty on the mindset of incoming freshmen. Here's the list for 2003:
The people who are starting college this fall across the nation were born in 1985.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up 1/28/86.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
The CD was introduced the year they were born.
Telephone answering machines are the norm.
They have always had cable TV.
They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
They can't imagine what hard contact lenses are.
They don't know who Mork was or where he was from.
They never heard: "Where's the Beef?" "I'd walk a mile for a Camel," or "De plane Boss, de plane."
They do not care who shot J. R. and have no idea who J. R. was.
McDonald's never came in Styrofoam containers.
They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter or a Dictaphone.
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