1969. The Charlotte Amalie High School Class of 1981 was entering the first grade. NASA put a man on the Moon. You ate real food with real silverware on a flight from St.Thomas to New York. You were introduced to Susan, Gordon, Grover the Grouch, and Big Bird. Scooby-Doo premiered on television. Star Trek went off the air after three years. Nixon, a Republican, implemented affirmative action, and the war in Vietnam was still raging.
2014. The CAHS Class of 2026 enters the first grade this week. NASA doesn’t have a shuttle program anymore and couldn’t afford to put a man or woman on the Moon if it wanted. You stand in a TSA-supervised security line where they x-ray you before getting on a plane that is always booked full only to eat pretzels or, if you’re lucky, eat a sandwich in a plastic wrap on a flight from Boston to Detroit that has to go through Atlanta because you chose to fly Delta.
Fortunately, you can still watch Sesame Street. Scooby-Doo now appears in movies on the Cartoon Network, one of five hundred channels you now have versus the three or four your grandparents watched as first graders in 1969. Star Trek morphed into four additional TV series and eleven movies. Obama, a Democrat, doesn’t talk much about affirmative action, and can’t make up his mind whether to really get out of Afghanistan and Iraq, while contemplating lighting up some fundamentalist Muslims in Syria, and wagging his finger at Russia…..