1. For this generation of entering college students, born in 1994, Kurt Cobain, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Richard Nixon and John Wayne Gacy have always been dead.
2. Michael Jackson’s family, not the Kennedys, constitutes “American Royalty.”
3. Robert De Niro is thought of as Greg Focker’s long-suffering father-in-law, not as Vito Corleone or Jimmy Conway.
4. They have never seen an airplane “ticket.”
5. Benjamin Braddock, having given up both a career in plastics and a relationship with Mrs. Robinson, could be their grandfather.
6. The Real World has always stopped being polite and started getting real on MTV.
7. Bill Clinton is a senior statesman of whose presidency they have little knowledge.
8. Pulp Fiction’s meal of a “Royale with Cheese” and an “Amos and Andy milkshake” has little or no resonance with them.
9. Despite being preferred urban gathering places, two-thirds of the independent bookstores in the United States have closed for good during their lifetimes.
10. They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room.