"The Real World has always 'stopped being polite and started getting real' on MTV."
The original reality show debuted in 1992 (here's a news clip on its debut), years before the class of 2016 was born. But I'd image it's far less relevant to them than Jersey Shore or Teen Mom.
"White House security has never felt it necessary to wear rubber gloves when gay groups have visited."
I'm well out of college, and I can't believe this happened during my lifetime! But apparently White House security wore protective gloves when gay and lesbian elected officials visited in the early '90s.
"They grew up, somehow, without the benefits of Romper Room."
The show began way back in 1953, but went off the air in 1994, the year these new college freshmen were born. They never had the pleasure of hoping the host saw them as she looked through the magic mirror and called out the names of the kids she saw. How did she do that?!
"Benjamin Braddock, having given up both a career in plastics and a relationship with Mrs. Robinson, could be their grandfather."
In my opinion, 1967's The Graduate is a classic for every generation of college kids. Even if Dustin Hoffman, now 75, could be the grandfather of today's students.
"Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers."
Today's heartthrobs are electronic music stars rather than classic rockers. And modern groupies follow acts on Twitter, not on tour.
"For most of their lives, maintaining relations between the US and the rest of the world has been a woman's job in the State Department."
Bill Clinton appointed Madeleine Albright as the first female secretary of state in 1996, and since then Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton have followed in her footsteps.
"Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles."
America had to wait 22 years after an American man went to space to witness a woman make the trip. But by 1994, when the class of 2016 was born, women astronauts were common.