A MINDSET LIST® GUIDE TO THE CLASS OF 2016

by Tom McBride

A GUIDE TO THE MINDSET LIST® FOR THE CLASS OF 2016 By Tom McBride & Ron Nief  Authors of The Beloit College Mindset List® and The Mindset Lists of American History (Wiley, 2011)   Spoiled or Conned? Ask someone only five or six years older than members of the Class of 2016 how things have changed, and you may get an earful. You may learn that the new kids on the block have never had to listen to a rock station waiting for their favorite songs because they’ve always had I-Pods. You may find out that the old Napster file sharing has gone on steroids, so there’s almost nothing that isn’t “sharable” now. You’ll discover that now there’s less and   Read on »

TONTO HAS ALWAYS HAD TIRED BLOOD: Stuff That Every American Knew–Once Upon a Time!

by Tom McBride

Here’s Another Item from the Honor Roll of America’s Nearly Forgotten: Singing Telegram…  Inspired Guess by the Young and Restless: Probably some sort of phone app that that gives you text messages set to music… The Ancient Truth: Singing telegrams go back long before smart phones, but it was another type of phone—a regular old telephone (even with low-tech dial-up mechanisms)–that put the singing telegram out of business. The first singing telegram occurred in the early 1930s when a Western Union public relations guy—Western Union was the nation’s major telegram company—got the idea of having a telegram operator sing a message (over the phone) to the then famous entertainer Rudy Valle. At first everyone snickered at Western Union, but soon   Read on »

The Mindset Lists of American History In America’s Classrooms

by Tom McBride

Both The Mindset Lists of American History and The Mindset List are finding their way into America’s classrooms. They are useful for: Offering a generational approach to the study of American history. Students can find out more about their own generation by comparing it to the attitudes and “normality” of previous ones. Connecting personal history to national history. Students can conduct interviews with living family members—and do archival research into the lives of dead ones—in order to write their own family’s Mindset List. Fostering a sense that history is now. Instead of viewing history as something entirely in the past, with dusty tomes, students learn that they are just the latest generation to make history—in the present; they become much   Read on »

Generation Gaps Have Always Needed Glue!

by Tom McBride

From time to time we get letters from fans about their own problems with the generation gap. We offer the best advice  (or glue) we can. We ask that fans not address us as Ron and Tom but as ROM (a blend of Ron and Tom and an acronym for Really Old Men). If you have a question or comment for ROM, write us at tommcbride15@yahoo.com Here’s our most recent correspondence:  Dear ROM, I recently read an article about how members of the current generation, unable to get a job even after college, were forced to stay with their parents instead of moving out of the house. But, the piece on, this also meant that they had become quite close to their parents.   Read on »