I was talking to a friend the other day about Star Wars.
All he knew was the remake.
For him, Greedo shot first and Han was just defending himself.
WRONG!!!! That’s not the way it ORIGINALLY went down.
The conversation reminded me that cultural differences can span just a few years.
The first time I realized this I was in my first summer of college working at a fast food joint. During a heated debate, I piped up “Jane, you ignorant slut.” You would have thought I had actually meant to insult one of the girls in the room, despite the fact I was only talking to boys.
Another time, a friend of mine and I went to our first U2 concert. It was the Rattle and Hum tour and we were in floor seats at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. As was their tradition, U2 played Beatles music during the warm up. My friend and I were having the time of our lives singing the hits, when the girls in front of us asked us who the warm up music was.
“It’s the Beatles… you know? John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison?” we said.
This was about the time that George Harrison had a hit single “I’ve got my mind set on you” on the charts.
Stellar lyrics there, “I’ve got my mind set on you” repeated about seven million times. A little less thrilling than “Norwegian Wood” if you ask me.
“Oh! My! God!” the girls shrieked. “George Harrison was in a band? We have GOT to check them out.”
I’d never felt so old.
And that was 30 years ago.
Later, as the oldest woman (at the ripe old age of 28) working at a local ISP (remember ISPs?), I was talking to one of the teen-ish guys working there who was excited to be seeing Star Wars in the movie theater for the first time during its re-release in the 90s. I didn’t get his excitement. I saw it in the movie theaters when I was 12… I think I sprouted my first grey hairs that day.
There are just some things a child of the 70s, knows that others just can’t begin to understand…
First things first…
My kids will never understand. Half of the people that I talk to everyday will never understand. But those of us who grew up on less than 10 television stations, Saturday Night Live, and a life without DVDs, OnDemand or email will get it.
And seriously, let’s get one thing straight.
Han definitely shot first.
Copyright (c) Liz Carey 2015