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    Fyodor

    SOF has a National Geographic history book for 7-12 year-olds with two page chapters on different eras, events, etc., going back to the colonies and through the civil war up to modern day. It’s been a good way to kind of give her sense of American history.

    Anyway, I flipped ahead and there were chapters on the dot-com boom and 9/11 and I can’t emphasize how weird it is to see these things covered as historical events.

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    Fyodor

    SOF=Spawn of Fyodor

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    Fyodor

    Corrected the typo in my email address that caused my avatar to be the wrong color, no doubt scaring and confusing everyone.

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    Kate
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    Well yeah, when I was 10, the Vietnam war was “history,” but my dad who graduated HS in 1967, would have fought in it if he’d been drafted (his number never came up). He was only in his 30s when I was learning about it in school. And my grandfathers who fought in WWII were (or would have been, but one died young) in their 70s and able to tell us all about it.

    9/11 was almost 20 years ago now. It was “history” as soon as it happened.

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    JD

    It was scary. Stepsons history book had this too and we were so shocked when we saw it. He was talking about 9/11 like explaining it to us. We had to remind him we remember as we experienced it and hence his father being deployed many times.

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    JD

    And I meant your pink change was scary, although 9/11 also obviously.

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    LisforLeslie

    It is weird. My current team has some lovely younger folks. I was chatting to the youngest team member the other day and learned that I am older than her mother.

    I just said to her “You understand that I will never be able to let this go, right?”

    I remember when John Lennon was shot, the Challenger exploded, when the Berlin wall came down, when the towers were attacked (Both times).

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    Kate
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    My dad is almost 70, and tutors a kid in elementary or middle school. They were talking about some event in history, maybe something about the African Congo, probably from the 1950s, and my dad was like, “I remember that!” The kid looked at him amazed, like how could anyone be THAT old.

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    MissD
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    We have kids at the dance studio who don’t even know what CDs are because they’ve had iPods all their lives.

    My brother loves to gleefully tell them about his teenage years with only a pager, how internet didn’t even become commonplace in homes until we were in high school, and how even then, you couldn’t use the internet and the phone at the same time. This leaves the kids in awe.

    I’m not even that old, only my early 30s, but I definitely feel it when I think back to having to physically look shit up in an encyclopedia to do my homework.

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    JD

    We didn’t even have internet until I went back to my moms house after college for a few weeks before getting my new apartment. I remember teaching starting to want our papers printed not written and I had to go to school early most days to type up and print them as computers were still too expensive for my single mother to buy. That always irked me though, sort of punishing me because we couldn’t afford an expensive computer. Cut to my stepson tossing a fit the other day because we were out of ink so he had to stop by the library before school to print his paper, one time ever haha. Kids these days just don’t know. Husband actually said he’d go out at 10 and buy ink and I said heck no, he will survive spending 2 mins printing at school. I wasn’t about to spend $70 on ink I can get for $20 odd Amazon. Haha.

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    LisforLeslie

    When my nephew was born “Western Union” came on the radio with the “dit dit dit dit dit” part. Thinking about how he would never understand that reference we listed the sounds for which he would have no context:

    The teletype sounds before a newscast
    Fax machines and dial up internet sounds
    Skipping LPs and the scratched record sound
    Typewriter carriage returns
    Phone dial tones
    TV’s End of Day’s Broadcast

    I’m sure there are more…

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    MissD
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    I’ve heard there are kids these days who don’t understand the expression “hang up the phone” because… they’ve only ever had to press a button.

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