You’re Lost in the Generation Gap Between
Baby Boomers and Generation X If…
You remember when Jordache jeans with a flat-handle comb in the back
pocket was cool.
You know any “Weird Al” Yankovic songs by heart.
You’ve ever rung someone’s doorbell and said “Landshark!”
You were once bowled over by the technological excellence of such products
as Atari, IntelliVision, telStar and Coleco.
You remember the premier of MTV-or worse yet, you remember its
predecessor, “Friday Night Videos.”
A predominant color in your childhood photos is plaid.
You took family trips BEFORE the invention of the minivan.
(Related to No. 10) You rode in the back of the station wagon facing the
cars behind you.
You’ve recently horrified yourself by using any one of the following
phrases: “You know, back then…,” “When I was your age…,” or “When I
You ever dressed to look like someone in a Madonna, Cyndi Lauper or Duran
You remember with pain the day the Green Machine hit the streets (or the
sidewalks), instantly making your Big Wheel obsolete.
The age-old question “Where’s the beef?” still makes you laugh.
You had a crush on Ted the photographer on “Love Boat,” Gage from
“Emergency,” or Ponch from “CHIPS.”
Your hair at some point in time in the ’80s could only be described by
saying “I was experimenting.”
You’ve ever shopped at Benetton.
You remember trying to guess which episode of “The Brady Bunch” it was by
the first scene.
You had a front-row seat (i.e., blew off one or more classes)for Luke and
Laura’s wedding on “GH.”
You know who shot J.R.
You recall when Love’s Baby Soft was in every girl’s Christmas stocking.
This rings a bell: “My name is Charlie, and they work for me.”
You were unsure if Diet Coke would ever catch on. (Related item: you were
sure that “New Coke” would NEVER catch on.)
You know all the words to the double-album set of the “Grease” soundtrack.
You’ve ever had a Dorothy Hamill haircut.
You sat with your friends on any given Friday night circa 1982 and dialed
867-5309 to see if Jenny as actually there.
“All skate, change directions” means something to you.
You’ve ever owned a pair of rainbow suspenders like the ones Mork used to
You bought a pair of Vans and wanted to order a pizza in history class so
you could be just like Jeff Spicoli.(Related item: if you’ve ever smacked
yourself in the head with a shoe and exclaimed, “I’m SO wasted!”
You were too young to see “Blue Lagoon,” so you just had to settle for the
You remember when movies were only PG and R.
You remember when your cable TV box had a sliding selector switch…and
your “cable remote” was connected to the TV by a CORD!
You remember Bo and Luke Duke, Daisy, Boss Hogg, or – worst of all – what
Sheriff Roscoe’s full name was.
Your parents paid $2,000 for a top-loading VCR that was almost the size of
a coffee table.
You found nothing strange about Bert and Ernie living together.
You remember having a rotary phone.
You actually believed that Mikey, famed kid on the Life cereal
commercials, died after eating Pop Rocks and drinking a Coke.
“Members Only” jackets…say no more.
And lastly, I’ll make a song stick in your head for the rest of the day:
you actually remember the words to the theme song of “The Greatest
American Hero.” (“BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I’M WALKIN’ ON AIR…I NEVER THOUGHT
I COULD FEEL SO FREE-EE-EE…”)
Next section from “Trippy Hippie” (another 30-something):
That tank-sized top-loading VCR was a Beta
And the station wagon was a Ford Pinto
One word: Dittos!
Three words: “Saturday Night Fever”.
You owned a satin jacket with “Roller Disco” on the back (and/or
jogging-shoe roller skates)
You wore Dolfin shorts to school
Your parents bought your school clothes from FedMart or Gemco, and saved
S&H Green Stamps
Your preschool TV favorites: “Romper Room”, “Beany & Cecil” and “Electric
Your elementary school favorites: “Battlestar Galactica”, “Benny Hill”,
“Little House”, “H.R. Puffnstuff” and “Adam-12”.
You snuck out of bed on Saturday nights hoping to see the “Mr. Bill Show”.
You have personally experienced the following phrase: Rocky Horror Picture
Show Audience Participation. **Bonus points if more than 10 times.
You owned a “dartboard” poster that said “Put A Hole-a In the Ayatollah”
You wore feathered roach clips as hair ornaments
You wore any of the following (when they were in style, that is): “Hang
Ten”, Clip-on koalas, “rainbow” shirts; “prairie” skirts; “breaker wedge”
shoes; “gauchos” (ack!); Mexican pullover jackets; Gloria Vanderbilt
cords, “Death Before Disco” t-shirts, or the “Flashdance” look
You had a crush on Buck Rogers, Jeff Spicoli, Andy Gibb, Donny Osmond,\
Leif Garrett, Peter Frampton or Shawn Cassidy
You had a metal KISS lunchbox in grade school
You hear “Batman” and think of Adam West in pantyhose
Your childhood memories include a burnt orange/avocado green kitchen
You know what “Let’s Get Small” and “King Tut” have in common.
You’ve done both “The Hustle” and the “Safety Dance”.
Two words: Pac Man.
Two more: My Sharona.
You find yourself saying: “A long time ago we had these things called
record players…” ((I ACTUALLY said this to my kid recently)
You remember saying “in 2000, I’ll be 30-something years old.” and it
seemed soooo far away.
You’ve recently begun to consider “Can I see your I.D” a compliment
You remember how kids who wore “floods” to school were mercilessly
teased…and can’t believe it’s actually a style now
And lastly…you thought the Greatest American Hero was an awesome babe!
HERE’S ANOTHER GROUP – FROM “CAT WOMAN”
YOUR 1ST CAR WAS YOUR DAD’S OLD PACER, PINTO, HORNET OR GREMLIN. EXTRA
POINTS IF IT WAS FLAT GOLD OR ORANGE.
MORE TV FARE: “PLANET OF THE APES” AND “LAUGH IN”
THE CLOTHES YOU HATED BUT YOUR MOM MADE YOU WEAR IN GRADE SCHOOL ARE RIGHT
NOW TOTALLY IN STYLE WITH TEENAGERS.
YOU LOOK LIKE A FOOL IN JUNIOR CLOTHES, BUT AN OLD LADY IN MISSES’.