I’m not usually a fan of swapping “kids these days” stories about my students with other teachers. To my mind college students are too old to be kids, so I usually just stick with calling them “students” instead. Still, I had a classic “shake my head at kids these days” moment recently. While we were chatting over the photo-copier, one of the staff-members in my department described a mysterious “dead room” in the newly renovated library. Sure enough, when I went over to check out books later in the day it also caught my eye. My conversation with the librarian about it went something like this:
Me, while checking out books: The renovations to the library look great! But what on earth is “Dead Central?”
Librarian: That’s where the Grateful Dead Archive will go.
Me: Of course, awesome!
Librarian: Lot’s of the students have never heard of them.
(On the other hand, earlier this year one of my students came across the job announcement for a “Grateful Dead Archivist” and pronounced it the coolest job ever…)