For college professors needed to know the cultural touchstones of the incoming freshman, Beloit College has unveiled its Mindset List for the Class of 2016. Some of my favorite items of note that show how those born in 1994 (those who make up the Class of 2016) differ from folks of my age (born 1968) include…
…They have never seen an airplane “ticket”;
…Lou Gehrig’s record for most consecutive baseball games played has never stood in their lifetimes;
…They have no recollection of when Arianna Huffington was a conservative; and
…NBC has never shown A Wonderful Life more than twice during the holidays.
The above is simply one of my hooks to dive into my real story for this post…which starts now.
In this e-space, I have often written about my children as other people. Examples include my eldest, Christopher, as a comics books expert; my middle child, Jared, as Roger Kint (the character from The Usual Suspects); and my daughter, Ophelia, as a corporate drone in training.
To this menagerie, I can now add my wife who enters this space in the cloak of a non-nerd. Submitted for your approval are two stories…
a) As a surprise to my boys, she went to a video store and rented what she thought was Star Wars: Episode III. She brought back this…
Instead of the film starring Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen, she had picked up a fan-made film entitled Revelations.
We only watched 10 minutes of this work before we turned it off.
z) Jared told my wife that one of his friends was planning to dress up for Halloween as Hawkeye. My wife’s response was, “How does your friend know about M*A*S*H?“.
Of course, the boy was talking about the characters from The Avengers movie while my wife was thinking of the character played by Alan Alda.
Now, I cannot be too snarky about my wife being a non-nerd because I believe in the axiom that opposites attract. While she may not know the difference between Star Wars and Star Trek, or know what TARDIS stands for, or quote the Three Laws of Robotics, she does know how to cook like a boss, fix any deficiency with our car, and she can quote Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
BTW, that line submitted for your approval that I used above would have no resonance with the Class of 2016 because, as the Media List from Beloit College states…
…The Twilight Zone involves vampires, not Rod Serling.