Generation X

Characteristics and Observations

1. The inception of the internet was a beautiful thing.
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 energy crisis contributed to the economic downtrend of the 1970's.
6. We watched "School House Rock", "Reading Rainbow," "New Zoo Review" and "The Great Space Coaster."
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.
9. We were responsible enough to have a key to the house by the time jr. high came around.
10. The Life Call commercial was famous for the line "I've fallen and I can't get up."
11. It was better when the manual gear shift lever was mounted on the steering column of the car.
12. Collecting Coca-Cola and Pepsi memorabilia was popular.
13. Everyone had a boom box or ghetto blaster.
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. Caller ID hadn't come out yet.
17. The Space Challenger disintegration was unforgettable.
18. HIV/AIDS had yet to become an epidemic, although it was Arthur Ashe, Rock Hudson and Liberace who brought it to the forefront.
19. Movies were watched on Beta; not VHS, DVD or Blu Ray.
20. SNL included sketches of "The Cone Heads," "Mr. Robinson" and "Roseanne Rosannadanna."
21. Households haven't always had cable.
22. Chucky Cheese was the best spot to have your birthday party.
23. The 1963 march on Washington would hold no significance for generations after us.
24. V8 use to taste like tomato juice and was a cure to help people sober up.
25. Teens were pre-occupied with what happened to Laura Palmer.
26. There were no laws against corporal punishment, which is not the same as child abuse (might I add.)
27. Nebulous text abbreviations hadn't replaced formal writing.
28. Pac Man, Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers were popular games.
29. There were no scientific reasons for how a zombie apocalypse could happen.
30. Fallout shelters became part of US culture thanks to the Soviet and their nuclear weapons, during the Cold War Era.
31. There was recognition of the need for a work-life balance, since our parents were workaholics.
32. When you received a message on your pager or beeper, you went to the nearest public phone to return the call.
33. Pantyhose went out of style right along with Barbara Walters.
34. The clapper was an electrical switch that was sound activated to create the ultimate ambient room setting.
35. The most renown anchor for Nightline was Ted Coppel.
36. The 8-track tape paved the way for the cassette.
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. You know that "Fantasy Island" is not just an amusement park in Grand Island New York.
42. We would have been thoroughly embarrassed to wear jeans with holes in them, as a fashion statement.
43. The only CEO for your website was a directory like DMOZ.
44. Friday night videos pre-date MTV.
45. Gentrification was a buzz word back then like the word transparency was during the Obama administration.
46. The next generation will reminisce to songs like "Feeling on Your Booty," as nursing home residents.
47. Energy drinks didn't threaten our life span, since they didn't exist; although being without them might cause psychic stress these days.
48. Pegged pants legs made you cosmopolitan.
49. Scholastic book order forms were exciting!
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. Thank goodness that the mullet, Jheri curl and rat tail are hairstyles of the past.
53. A lot of information was circulating about tampons and toxic shock syndrome.
54. Childhood obesity would eventually become more than 3 times greater than what it was in the 70's, according to the CDC.
55. "All in the Family" made racism and bigotry quaint.
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. Ads for kitchen appliances featured swinging housewives with psychopathic charm.
61. You had to be back in the house by the time the street lights came on.
62. Washing poultry wasn't hazardous to your health.
63. Hair dryers were portable.
64. Most phones were rotary.
65. Plastic was kept on the couches in the living room to protect the upholstery.
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. We grew up with a sense of privacy; however millennials would have to take the red pill to snap them out of indifference.
71. Donna Summer, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Bee Gees, Kiss, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper and Adam Ant dominated the music charts.
72. We lugged around those heavy encyclopedias but now there is Google Books.
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. Familiarity with the Dewey Decimal system, card catalog and microfiche now means that you are doing "The Time Warp."
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. 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.
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. 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.
94. The bulletin board system on the computer featured ASCII art.
95. Big city living had a down home feel or at the very least; people knew their neighbors.
96. We started to hear more about the delayed onset of adulthood due to the fact that life just became more complicated.
97. The transfer of wealth through taxes, confiscation, tort law and divorce; for example, would have probably made you communist back then.
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. 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.