You know you are old when …

… you recognize the names of pop culture celebrities because they appear frequently in news headlines and accompanying photos (names such as Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Amanda Bynes, Taylor Hicks) and you not only do not know what they are famous for (Are they singers? reality show stars? actors? people whose naked photos have appeared on the internet?) but you don’t care enough to read the story or click on the link to find out.

Yep, I’m an old geezer and proud of it. Hey, when’s Matlock on?


  1. tubi says

    Nicky Minaj = singer, maker of odd sounds
    Keith Urban = singer, person married to Nicole Kidman
    Taylor Hicks = reality show star (and singer?)
    Amanda Bynes = actress, someone whose naked pictures will probably appear on the internet sometime in the next 12 months

    I was alive when the Beatles played Shea Stadium. There are days I feel ancient and other days I wish I didn’t.

  2. brucegee1962 says

    Just about all I know about popular culture stars, I learn from reading the headlines while waiting in the checkout line. For several months now, the tabloids were referring to a “Honey Boo Boo.” I wasn’t sure whether this was referring to a new cast member of Jersey Shore, a 50s throwback tv show about a wife who apologizes to her husband all the time, or some kind of dessert recipe.

    I finally stumbled across an article that explained it to me a week or so ago. I think I preferred living in ignorance.

  3. Johnny Vector says

    Well I gotta give you that a Matlock is kinda like a Spade. Depending on are you old enough, of course.

  4. azportsider says

    A ‘matlock’ is a geezer’s geezer. Wasn’t one of my favorites, I’m afraid, but I do remember it. Hell, a friend and I were reminiscing just this morning about the Edsels and their great hit “Rama Lama Ding Dong”. (And, no, if you don’t know, I’m not telling you what an ‘Edsel’ was.)

  5. mnb0 says

    “Nicki Minaj, Keith Urban, Amanda Bynes, Taylor Hicks”
    I proudly can say that I only recognize one name and I’m only 48. But let’s take this game a bit further.

    Richard Hugh Blackmore
    John Lydon
    Margaret Bell
    David Garrick (the 20st Century version)

    How many of these names do you recognize, MS? How interested are you in them?
    Still they were quite famous about 35, 40 years ago (and at least one them more recent too).

  6. coragyps says

    I am a bit bumfuzzled, while in the grocery checkout line, by all the magazine covers that use only first names for the celebrities that must be lurking inside. Jen and Kate and Kim and Khloe and Brad and on and on…..
    This isn’t Myanmar or Indonesia, is it? Are those unique identifiers now?

  7. says

    I’m 37, I’m not… what? Oh, yeah, damn. I’m 38. I’m old. 🙂 Not fair about Matlock though, because I used to drive to work on Andy Griffith Parkway.

    I’ve never heard a song from any of those people, and even though I watch a LOT of movies and have an almost eidetic memory when it comes to them, I had a really hard time placing Amanda Bynes.

  8. Lofty says

    Matlock: Australian TV show from the 1970’s about the police in a small country town. Probably shown in many countries in the SE Asian region. Yeah, it was good in a 70’s kind of way.

  9. Stacy says

    Australian? Matlock starred Andy Griffith. Ya can’t get more Murrican than Andy Griffith! 🙂

  10. Anonymouse says

    Thanks to “Happy Days”, a 1970s-era show that capitalized on Boomers’ fascination with their childhood, I know what an Edsel is (the father bought one in the very first episode). Because of the 1970s-era movie Grease (same reason for being), I know the rama lama dingdong song.

  11. katkinkate says

    Lofty says: Matlock: Australian TV show from the 1970′s about the police in a small country town.

    That show was called “Matlock Police”. The show called “Matlock” was an USAmerican show about a hotshot lawyer. I have to admit I also first thought of the Australian show (looming up through the deep waters of my long, long term memory). I had to look it up on Wiki to clarify my memory.

  12. Jeff Johnson says

    I went through a period several years back when I watched all the Matlock episodes. Good old Ben. Good lawyer who loved hot dogs.

    What dates you more than Matlock is asking what time it is on. These days people stream shows from the net to TV on demand. You don’t ask when it’s on, but whether it’s on Netflix or Hulu or any number of other services. Get a Roku box. It’ll connect to your TV hdmi jack, and to a wireless router, giving you access to net streaming.

  13. Steve R says

    I remember being a pubescent boy and asking a friend “Who’s this guy Elvis Presley that our sisters are going nuts over?”

  14. left0ver1under says

    There’s nothing wrong with not knowing about people who have accomplished nothing, who are only famous for being famous. Popular does not mean skilled, valuable or worthwhile.

    What really irks me is the growing incuriousness amongst the young, the arrogant attitude that, “It happened before I was born, so it’s not important.”

    If you don’t know how you got where you are, how will you know where you are going? The voluntarily ignorant usually end up going backwards.

  15. stonyground says

    John Lydon used to be called Johnny Rotten and was the lead singer of the punk band The Sex Pistols. There was always some playful banter between fans of Prog Rock and radio presenter Jonathan Peel, who hated Prog and loved Punk. Peel unfortunately died relatively young, so he never got to see Prog dinosaurs like Floyd, Yes, Tull, ELP and Genesis still packing out stadia, while Lydon was appearing in reality TV shows and doing ads for butter.

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