Generation X:Characteristics and Observations

1. The 1963 march on Washington holds no significance for generations after us.
2. When TV signed off, the Star Spangled Banner would play.
3. Movies weren't always CGI, which makes "Jason and the Argonauts" seem like an epic fail to someone younger.
4. "I can't quite recall that" (as quoted by Reagan during the Iran Contra Hearings) would make a really good sound bite.
5. The transfer of wealth through taxes, confiscation, tort law and divorce; for example, would have probably made you communist back then.
6. You know that "Fantasy Island" is not just an amusement park in Grand Island New York."
7. Franklin Mint heirlooms and trinkets hoarded many homes and symbolized the middle class.
8. A single phone ring followed by a second call was a signal my mother gave me to answer the phone, while home alone. Children were left unsupervised all the time and nothing ever happened either.
9. We grew up with a sense of privacy; however millennials would have to take the red pill to snap them out of indifference.
10. Friday night videos pre-date MTV.
11. Familiarity with the Dewey Decimal system, card catalog and microfiche now means that you are doing "The Time Warp."
12. The bulletin board system on the computer featured ASCII art.
13. Through the exchange of personal mix tapes, we were doing Napster (without the controversy) long before it introduced its peer to peer MP3 sharing service.
14. Two-thirds of us have amassed less wealth, than our parents at the same age.
15. ADHD wasn't prevalent and neither were psychotropic drugs.
16. Nebulous text abbreviations hadn't replaced formal writing.
17. When you received a message on your pager or beeper, you went to the nearest public phone to return the call.
18. There were no scientific reasons for how a zombie apocalypse could happen.
19. Ads for kitchen appliances featured swinging housewives with psychopathic charm.
20. Big city living had a down home feel or at the very least; people knew their neighbors.
21. We would have been thoroughly embarrassed to wear jeans with holes in them, as a fashion statement.
22. Thank goodness that the mullet, Jheri curl and rat tail are hairstyles of the past.
23. Childhood obesity would eventually become more than 3 times greater than what it was in the 70's, according to the CDC.
24. V8 use to taste like tomato juice and was a cure to help people sober up.
25. Fallout shelters became part of US culture thanks to the Soviet and their nuclear weapons, during the Cold War Era.
26. "All in the Family" made racism and bigotry quaint.
27. In the 1970s, about one out of every 50 Americans were receiving food stamps; however about one out of every 6 Americans were receiving food stamps in 2014.
28. Plastic was kept on the couches in the living room to protect the upholstery.
29. Washing poultry wasn't hazardous to your health.
30. You remember the internet before it became inundated.
31. Cheese was socialized.
32. Teens were pre-occupied with what happened to Laura Palmer.
33. Pantyhose went out of style right along with Barbara Walters.
34. Energy drinks didn't threaten our life span, since they didn't exist; although being without them might cause psychic stress these days.
35. There was a spike in militancy from US teachers demanding to have a say in educational policy,which meant that public schools were always on strike.
36. We were responsible enough and could be trusted to have a key to the house by way before jr high.
37. Cracker Jack had toy prizes instead of digital codes.
38. Chewing gum came with trading cards that offered facts about music and movies.
39. The Superbowl Shuffle was on vinyl lp.
40. Genetic screening for children wasn't mandatory.
41. We watched "School House Rock", "Reading Rainbow," "New Zoo Review" and "The Great Space Coaster.
42. We lugged around those heavy encyclopedias but now there is Google Books.
43. Tupperware parties were quite common.
44. The Life Call commercial was famous for the line "I've fallen and I can't get up."
45. Gentrification was a buzz word back then like the word transparency was during the Obama administration.
46. I can't imagine reminiscing to songs like "Feeling on Your Booty," as a nursing home resident but the next generation sure will.
47. The clapper was an electrical switch that was sound activated to create the ultimate ambient room setting.
48. Pegged pants legs made you cosmopolitan.
49. Potluck dinners were typical.
50. You didn't hear much about seat belt legislation.
51. The barometer for media oriented terrorism was Patty Hearst and her ordeal with the SLA, although she had yet to become a pop culture icon.
52. Chucky Cheese was the best spot to have your birthday party.
53. The only CEO for your website was DMOZ or webring.
54. Households haven't always had cable and we turned out just fine.
55. There were no laws against corporal punishment, which is not the same as child abuse (might I add.)
56. Fast food was no replacement or substitute for quality meals at the dinner table from the basic food groups.
57. Sanrio's Little Twin Stars were the ambassadors for cuteness.
58. There was a decline in the nuclear family, since only 40 percent of households were married couples with children in 1970.
59. Shoulder pads meant that you were climbing the social ladder.
60. Movies were watched on Beta; not VHS, DVD or Blu Ray.
61. You had to be back in the house by the time the street lights came on.
62.HIV/AIDS had yet to become an epidemic, although it was Arthur Ashe, Rock Hudson and Liberace who brought it to the forefront.
63. Hair dryers were portable.
64. Most phones were rotary.
65. Pac Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers were popular games.
66. Every little girl had an Easy Bake Oven.
67. "The Bus Stop," "The Bump," "The Spank," "The Gigolo," "The Running Man,"The Cabbage Patch," "The Wop," and "The Reebok" were all dance moves.
68. Papasan chairs from Pier 1 Imports were desirable.
69. You never heard about parents refusing to vaccinate their children.
70. The 8-track tape paved the way for the cassette.
71. Donna Summer, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Bee Gees, Kiss, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Adam Ant dominated the music charts.
72. The Space Challenger disintegration was unforgettable.
73. The Sunday paper included the "Love Is" comic.
74. I was too young for hot pants but not for a culotte, romper, knickerbockers and gaucho pants.
75. Have you ever typed on a typewriter or word processor?
76. It was chic when the manual gear shift lever was mounted on the steering column of the car. What the fuck happened?
77. The Polaroid was the best instant camera on the market.
78. The cell phone didn't have a mind of its own just yet, so pocket dialing wasn't an issue.
79. Your household owned a hard copy of the phone book (white and yellow pages).
80. The most renown anchor for Nightline was Ted Coppel.
81.The "Got Milk" campaign for consumption lasted about 20 years.
82. I remember when higher education wasn't a big deal, in fact, people were apathetic on the issue.
83. Kids were never allowed to make executive decisions.
84. Wendy's catchphrase "Where's the beef?" was iconic.
85. If it was good enough for Mikey, then it was good enough for me.
86. Sally Struthers promoted International Correspondence School.
87. You saved your computer files on a floppy disk.
88. Goody hair barrettes, banana clips and the crimping iron was trendy.
89. Mood lipstick was cool, although it had a drying effect.
90. Penny loafers, jellies, Fila and Doc Marten's were typical footwear.
91. You went to school with a metal lunchbox and thermos.
92. Wieboldt's, Marshall Fields and Goldblatt's were local department stores.
93. Everyone had a boom box or ghetto blaster.
94. Collecting Coca-Cola and Pepsi memorabilia was something you just did.
95. SNL included sketches of "The Cone Heads," "Mr. Robinson" and "Roseanne Rosannadanna."
96. We started to hear more about the delayed onset of adulthood due to the fact that life just became more complicated.
97. The energy crisis contributed to the economic downtrend of the 1970's.
98. Grad students hadn't thought of ways to make Ramen noodles a gourmet meal.
99. Offices were just beginning to think about going paperless.
100. Caller ID hadn't come out yet.