A question born from the previous entry: Is there anyone, when confronted with a shelf of high school yearbooks, who will pull down one significantly more recent than his or her era?
When my brother and I dropped into our hometown library the other week, he opted for the oldest yearbook on the shelf (1975). I chose the one from my freshman year, as I didn’t buy one for myself that year and am thus less familiar with the contents.
Left to my own devices, I tend to opt for the ’70s as well. The Fifties and Sixties just seem so gray and well-behaved and conformist. The ’80s … well, I might reach for one from around 1982 or so, but by and large I saw the ’80s firsthand and don’t need to go back.
But it would never occur to me to reach for 2003, or 2012, or 2018. I wonder why that is? I’m a lot less familiar with teen culture from those years (despite having had a teenager in the house for at least one of those years.) I could certainly see new things and learn new stuff if I took a couple minutes with that generation of students.
But it didn’t cross my mind the other day — and, even if I hadn’t had yearbooks with personal connections on the shelf, it wouldn’t have crossed my mind.
I wonder if others think the same way.