It appears many of the colleges in my corner of the world have either started classes this week or are having “move-in” days for freshman. I always liked the excitement of the beginning of a new school year wondering what adventures awaited me. Alas, those years are LONG gone. As if I did not have enough reminders of how the years are ganging up on me, this time each year Beloit College publishes their “Mindset List” noting events that have shaped the incoming freshman class. Once again, I will share some of the items that caught my attention. For the whole list visit http://www.beloit.edu/mindset/
Students heading into their first year of college this year are mostly 18 and were born in 1998. This students will make up the class of 2020, here is hoping that their foresight in life will live up to their 20/20 moniker.
Frank Sinatra, Phil Hartman, Matthew Shepard, and Sonny Bono have never been alive in their lifetime.
They never heard Harry Caray sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field.
John Elway and Wayne Gretzky have always been retired.
SpongeBob SquarePants has always lived at Bikini Bottom.
They disagree with their parents as to which was the “first” Star Wars episode.
NFL coaches have always had the opportunity to throw a red flag and question the ref.
West Nile has always been a virus found in the U.S.
Vladimir Putin has always been calling the shots at the Kremlin.
Bluetooth has always been keeping us wireless and synchronized.
Snowboarding has always been an Olympic sport.
DreamWorks has always been making animated creatures heroic and lovable.
They have never seen billboard ads for cigarettes.
The New York Stock Exchange has never reported its ups and downs in fractions.
Instant, tray-less ice cubes have never been a novelty.
Michael J. Fox has always spoken publicly about having Parkinson’s disease.
Thought for the Week
Education is the movement from darkness to light. ~Allan Bloom