In honor of our sending a son off to college in a week, I present to you an
an interesting list compiled each year for the last 12 years by Beloit College, to remind professors that incoming freshmen do not share compatible references with staff who are usually a few decades older. It might not be a good idea to use Watergate as a reference point when the professor is thinking Nixon, and the student is thinking the apartment complex in which Monica Lewinsky lived. It made me think about the advertising campaigns going on when I was in my formative years--I can sing the Oscar Meyer song with clarity, and I've always wanted to find out exactly how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop. Oh, and how about my ability to recite the "Two all-beef patties special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun" jingle without missing a syllable? Can you reference any of those? Or is the product line of your youth just a tad different from mine?