You may have seen some recent stories, including one in the Beacon Journal, about Beloit College’s annual Mindset List of things reflecting the world view of new college students. This year’s list, for example, noted that for the entire lives of most members of the class of 2016, Kurt Cobain has been dead, MTV has always had The Real World, “exposed bra straps have always been a fashion statement, not a wardrobe malfunction to be corrected quietly by well-meaning friends” and the students “have had to incessantly remind their parents not to refer to their CDs and DVDs as ‘tapes.’?’’
It’s an amusing list, which you can find in its entirety at http://www.beloit.edu/?mindset/2016. But I have to tell you that, while reading it, I felt a little left out. The first Mindset List was released in 1998, and I entered college — well, a long time before that.
For one thing, I have to incessantly remind myself not to speak of music on “records.” And here are a few other notes that would have been on my Mindset List — and maybe yours.
1. Most people had to get out of their chairs to change the TV channel.
2. Mission: Impossible was a TV show.
3. Elvis Presley was verifiably alive — and had made a recent comeback.
4. There were two Vietnams and one Soviet Union.
5, Rocky referred to a flying squirrel.
6. Your telephone left your home only if it had a really long cord.
7. Huntley and Brinkley were still together.
8. So were Rowan & Martin.
9. So were the Smothers Brothers, but not on CBS.
10. The coolest thing for music fans was “progressive FM.”
I might suggest that younger folks ask your elders what some of these items refer to. But I know that a current Mindset List wouldn’t include this oldie:
11. Young adults were reading newspapers.
TV Onstage. Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare recently announced three new shows with some television flair.
The top 10 performers in the current, ninth season of Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance will bring their tour to the State Theatre on Nov. 11. Ghost Hunters Live, with Jason Hawes, will be in the Palace Theatre on Feb. 21, and the “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten will appear on March 12. (And am I the only one who still thinks immediately of Ava Gardner when hearing the words “barefoot contessa”?)
More NewsNite News. You may have read about the changes in NewsNite, the former panel-discussion program shifting to a?newsmaker-interview format to save money. You can see how the changes work when the show begins a new season at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 7 on WNEO/WEAO (Channels 45/49).
The first telecast will deal with civility in public discourse. The people interviewed will include John Green, director of the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron; Dan Moul-throp, curator of conversation at the Civic Commons; and Diana Swoope, senior pastor of Arlington Church of God. Jody Miller hosts.
Katie and John Sitting in a Tree … Virginia-born Katie Couric told Southern Living magazine that her “fantasy husband” would be author John Grisham, “even though he’s been taken for many years.”
“He’s Southern. He’s a lawyer. He’s a great writer. And p.s., he’s successful. I’m very attracted to Southerners. Men bring out my Southern charm.”
Reality TV Drama. Us Weekly and its website Usmagazine.com have reported that Bachelor/Bachelorette star Emily Maynard has been trading texts and photos with a man other than her chosen-on-TV intended Jef Holm.
Holm reportedly found the messages on Maynard’s phone during a vacation. Tears and Maynard’s departure supposedly ensued. Maynard and Holm took to People.com to deny the story, with Maynard calling it “100 percent not true.” Holm maintained that the gathering was “with just my brothers and sisters. It’s just bogus a ‘source’ would [say] we were fighting.” Unless …
Holm’s brother Mike confirmed Us’ report. He said the story is “all 100 percent true. I was there and I heard the fight and watched the whole thing go down, Emily leaving and everything.”
Rich Heldenfels writes about popular culture for the Beacon Journal and Ohio.com, including in the HeldenFiles Online, www.ohio.com/blogs/heldenfiles. He is on Twitter and Facebook. You can contact him at 330-996-3582 or firstname.lastname@example.org.