Solvay High School Class of 1964
Solvay, New York
Today, a baby boomer turns 50 every 7.6 seconds, and by mid-century seniors will outnumber young people for the first time in history.
Each year the staff at Beloit College in Wisconsin puts together a list to try to give the faculty a sense of the mindset of that year's incoming freshmen. Here is this year's list:
Black Monday 1987 is as significant to them as the Great Depression.
There has been only one Pope.
They were 11 when the Soviet Union broke apart and they do not remember the Cold War. They have never feared a nuclear war.
They are too young to remember the space shuttle blowing up.
Tianamen Square means nothing to them.
Their lifetime has always included AIDS.
Bottle caps have always been screw off and plastic.
Atari predates them, as do vinyl albums. The expression you sound like a broken record means nothing to them. They have never owned a record player.
They have likely never played Pac Man and have never heard of Pong.
They may have never heard of an 8 track. The Compact Disc was introduced when they were 1 year old.
As far as they know, stamps have always cost about 33 cents.
They have always had an answering machine.
Most have never seen a TV set with only 13 channels, nor have they seen a black-and-white TV. They have always had cable. There have always been VCRs, but they have no idea what BETA is. They cannot fathom not having a remote control.
They were born the year that Walkmen were introduced by Sony.
Roller-skating has always meant inline for them.
Jay Leno has always been on the Tonight Show.
They have no idea when or why Jordache jeans were cool.
Popcorn has always been cooked in the microwave.
They have never seen Larry Bird play.
They never took a swim and thought about Jaws.
The Vietnam War is as ancient history to them as WWI, WWII and the Civil War.
They have no idea that Americans were ever held hostage in Iran.
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, de plane!"
The Titanic was found? They thought we always knew where it was.
Michael Jackson has always been white.
Kansas, Chicago, Boston, America, and Alabama are places, not groups.
McDonalds never came in Styrofoam containers.
There has always been MTV.
They don't have a clue how to use a typewriter.
At age 4, success is ...not peeing in your pants.
At age 12, success is...having friends.
At age 16, success is...having a driver's license.
At age 20, success is...having sex.
At age 35, success is...having money.
At age 50, success is...having money.
At age 60, success is... having sex.
At age 70, success is... having a driver's license.
At age 75, success is... having friends.
At age 80, success is... not peeing in your pants.
It's the bell curve of life.
THINGS I WISH I'D KNOWN BEFORE I WENT OUT IN THE REAL WORLD. [Or, had we just had these in 1964....]
A person needs only two tools: WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn't moveand it should, use WD-40. If it moves and it shouldn't, use the tape.
Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying "Thank you"though it helps if you say it with a Southern accent.
Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the orchestra,some are on-stage singing, some are in the audience as critics, some are there to applaud. Know who and where you are.
When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.
Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiter.
Good sex should involve laughter. Because it's, you know, funny. [That explains a lot.]
If you tell a lie, don't believe it deceives only the other person.
The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship: "Iapologize" and "You are right."
Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It's easier to eatcrow while it's still warm.
If he or she says that you are too good for him -- believe it.
I've learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, "Will this matter oneyear from now? How about one month? One week? One day?"
Never pass up an opportunity to pee.
If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance!
Living well really is the best revenge.
Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just proves thatthe other person was right about you.
Be really nice to your friends because you never know when you are goingto need them to empty your bed pan and hold your hand.
Work is good but it's not important.
Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.
You are the only person who can truly make you happy.
Being happy doesn't mean everything's perfect; it just means you'vedecided to see beyond the imperfections.
Familiarity breeds children.
"I don't say we all ought to misbehave, but we ought to look as if wecould." - Orson Welles
"Men don't care what's on TV. They care about what else is on TV." -Jerry Seinfeld
"Reality continues to ruin my life." - Calvin and Hobbes
"The early worm, on the other hand... gets eaten." - Anonymous
One person, one vote (may not apply in certain states).
Submitted by Ann Fougnier (who, by the way, will be 29 this year) --Thanks, Ann. 01/08/01
THIS IS A FUN QUIZ. THE ANSWERS ARE AT THE END. DON'T CHEAT!!!!
A few years ago, I was unit editor for an eleventh grade 20thcentury history book. My unit included the mid-60s through the Ford administration. What fun working on a project that included our "coming of age" years. Sad to say, that there were three chapters after mine...not feeling too old! Oh well.
I was able to include two pieces of SHS in the book, however. One is an image of the rubbing of Billy Kranz's name from the Vietnam Memorial and the second, is a picture from the yearbook taken at our junior prom. So, if anyone out there is a 11th grade history teacher (or God forbid, you have a kid in the 11th grade!) check out American Odyssey by Glencoe, Unit 9.
---Stephanie Kishman Johnson 12/15/00
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