Bill Clinton always looked like an old man to them

Holy shit - my kids were born after the 91 Gulf War.

I was only 12 when it happened, but I remember vividly watching it on CNN in my grandparents' basement. My parents were building onto our house at the time, and we were staying there for a few nights while the major work on the kitchen was going on. It's one of my first memories of international politics.

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Spice said...

Thanks for making me feel old, J.Bro! I was in high school during GW I: The Short, Relatively Happy One, and my most vivid memory was of one of my Israeli friends getting called to the principal's office and everyone freaking out because we thought something had happened to his family (turned out that it was for something totally unrelated).

Now I will make you feel like a wee child by confessing that my first international politics memory was of the Iran hostage crisis. Yep, I remember that box on the news with the outline of the blindfolded guy and the number of days it had been going on, and how incredibly happy everyone was when it ended.

Surely you remember the fall of the Berlin Wall, though, right? You're not that much younger than me...

towwas said...

Whoa, Iran hostage crisis? My memories do not go back that far. (We didn't watch much TV.) Berlin wall was early in ninth grade...I was pretty in tune with the world in middle school, but I can't remember what happened of interest in 1987-mid-1989.

J.Bro said...

I would have just turned 10 in November of 1989, and since my parents didn't really watch the evening news (that I remember anyway), I have no memories of the wall being torn down. I don't know that I would have really been old enough to comprehend why it was important even if I did remember it. I think the only reason I remember GWI is because of the green-on-black night-vision footage was something I'd never seen before.

K. Bro said...

I can make you feel old too. I remember watching the coverage of GWI, but I was 9 and more concerned with taking care of our baby brother than what was happening in the world. Babies are way more fun than war...

towwas said...

I have to agree with you there, k.bro.

Spice said...

Yeah, I also have memories of the 1980 presidential election and most of the Reagan administration, so between that and recalling the Iran Hostage Crisis I think I was destined to be a political scientist from early on. Although strangely, my mom is not a huge news follower - I guess she watches the local news pretty consistently, so I probably picked this all up from that.

As I think I've told many of you, I was taking a class called "USSR and Eastern Europe" in tenth grade - when the Berlin Wall went down. So I was pretty aware of what was going on! It made for a nice counterbalance to the nuclear-war fear generated by having to watch "The Day After" for class.

towwas said...

I don't remember the 1980 election, but I definitely remember '84. Let's just say...we were in the minority in my neighborhood, politics-wise.

grrrbear said...

I remember the 1980 election, but I was a pretty sophisticated 5 year old. The thing I remember most is the campaign of John B. Anderson, followed closely by my mom telling me "Well, now there's going to be nuclear war" when Reagan was elected.

Then we went and did some blow, because hey - it was the '80s!

Sophist said...

I am seriously impressed that Spice was aware of the Iran hostage crisis as a babe. I vaguely remember Carter being in the white house but I didn't really pay attention to anything aside from cartoons on TV until I was much older...

towwas said...

Ooh ooh I thought of something earlier! I remember Brezhnev dying, which happened (wikipedia tells me) in 1982, shortly before my 7th birthday. How's that for random?