David Lauderdale

The generation that fell in love with the fast lane

(Editor's note: This column was originally published April 24, 2004.)

When you turn 50 as I did this week, you might understand:

  • A black-on-black 442.
  • Eight tracks.
  • The long version.
  • Busing.
  • Casualty reports.
  • The White Album.
  • Mr. Green Jeans.
  • Miniskirts.
  • Peace.
  • Segregation.
  • Integration.
  • Bucket seats.
  • Riots.
  • Dick and Jane.
  • Bell bottoms.
  • Lamaze.
  • Eddie Haskell.
  • Bullwinkle and Rocky.
  • Nov. 22, 1963 (I was at recess, playing kickball).
  • The eternal flame.
  • I have a dream.
  • Good night, David.
  • Good night, Chet.
  • And that's the way it is.
  • Yeah, yeah, yeah.
  • Push-button transmissions.
  • Desert boots.
  • Draft lottery.
  • I want to hold your hand.
  • I am the greatest.
  • Munich.
  • I am not a crook.
  • Tear down that wall.
  • Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny.
  • One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
  • Mustang Sally.
  • Laugh In.
  • Easy Rider.
  • Nip it, nip it, nip it.
  • Purple Haze.
  • Paul is dead.
  • Billy Graham.
  • Ford to NY: Drop dead.
  • Welfare Cadillac.
  • The devil made me do it.
  • I'm just a country lawyer.
  • My fellow Americans.
  • If I had a hammer.
  • The Thrilla in Manila.
  • Atari.
  • Flash cubes.
  • Surfin' U.S.A.
  • Broadway Joe.
  • The Battle of the Sexes.
  • 4-F.
  • What, me worry?
  • Land shark.
  • To Sir, with Love.
  • Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.
  • Starts with P, which rhymes with T, and that stands for trouble.
  • Do not adjust your sets.
  • Free agents.
  • TV dinner.
  • Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
  • Promise Keepers.
  • Y2K.
  • Silent Spring.
  • Lassie.
  • Snail darters.
  • Route 66.
  • Choctaw Ridge.
  • The Invisible Man.
  • Grandma Moses.
  • Split level.
  • Marcel Ledbetter.
  • Meathead.
  • John 3:16.
  • Double-Naught Seven.
  • Helter Skelter.
  • Windshield wipers slapping time.
  • In your heart, you know he's right.
  • What we have here is a failure to communicate.
  • Kent State.
  • Moon Pies.
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
  • The twist.
  • Skate keys.
  • Hippie boy.
  • Rat finks.
  • Shake, rattle and roll.
  • Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (Part I).
  • Black power.
  • Zappa.
  • The Griswolds.
  • Satisfaction.
  • Sit-ins.
  • Freedom riders.
  • Herschel Walker.
  • Fireball Roberts.
  • Disneyland.
  • Check the oil.
  • Streaking.
  • Polio vaccine.
  • Norma Rae.
  • Concrete jungle.
  • Stuckey's.
  • We were born at the same time the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the old lie of separate but equal public schools.

    We saw the first color TV and the first steps on the moon. We barely dodged Vietnam, but our nation didn't.

    When we were in college, the separate rules for girls were forced out. We thought protests worked; we certainly saw a lot of it.

    The Mustang and the Beatles blasted us into the fast lane, where we would later latch right onto the Internet.

    We have worked hard and tried to keep our children from repeating our mistakes.

    I doubt that we'll sit still for our Metamucil.

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