Do you know who "Stormin'" Norman Schwarzkopf is?
Who is he?
Do you know who Rodney King is?
Who is he?
One of the student employees in training knew who the former was. Two of them knew who the latter was, and another two had heard the famous phrase. They wouldn't get most of the references in Cripple Smash.
A few years ago, I figured out exactly what the cutoff date was for students to not know who Sam Kinison was, though most of them would then know who I was talking about if I mentioned "Back to School" and described his character. It was, I think, the class of 2002 or 2003. It's been a while, I might have forgotten. Anyone from then on didn't know him, anyone from earlier did. The more recent classes don't even know him with the assist of the "Back to School" reference. I wish I could sit down a bunch of 'em and figure out the cutoff years for the above early nineties figures.
A week ago, someone mailed out this list about the current incoming college class. After forwarding it to shmivejournal, we laughed about it for a bit.
(10:51:20 AM) kingfox: Like some are good, but others are just utter crap. "Smoking has never been allowed in public spaces in France."
(10:54:01 AM) shmivejournal: i think that if someone has no knowledge of 'the kids' memorizing a little list ain't gonna help
(10:54:25 AM) kingfox: "Oh, I'm sorry, Avatars have nothing to do with Hindu deities for you, I'm so sorry!"
(11:18:46 AM) shmivejournal: Being a latchkey kid has never been a big deal.
(11:18:54 AM) shmivejournal: that is valid
(11:18:59 AM) shmivejournal: it's not even really a term anymore