When I heard my Blackhawks had won the NFL Draft lottery, I was briefly taken aback when I learned the crown jewel of this year's class, Connor Bedard, was born in July 2005. It also means this year’s high school graduates and incoming college freshmen weren’t alive to see the first half of the 2000s. It’s hard to fathom that someone born five years after Y2K can now play Lotto or enlist in the military.
With that said, if you are graduating, or have graduated, high school this month…
…Gmail and YouTube have always existed.
…King Charles III has always been married to Camilla.
…Prince Harry has never done Nazi cosplay.
…there has never been sectarian violence in Ireland.
…you always knew W. Mark Felt was Deep Throat.
…you’ve never seen any Ukrainians wear orange.
…it has always been possible to clone dogs.
…Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, and Peter Jennings have never anchored a network news broadcast.
…Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were never married.
…Rich Hill has always played baseball.
…you have never attended a Montreal Expos baseball game.
…the New York Yankees have never blown a 3-0 series lead in the ALCS.
…there has never been an ugly lockout that wiped out an entire season of the NHL.
…you don’t know what the phrase “malice at the palace” has to do with basketball.
…”The Office” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender” have always been on TV.
…”Family Guy” was never canceled and “Doctor Who” has never been off the air.
…Johnny Ramone, Russ Meyer, Scott Muni, Richard Avedon, Joyce Jillson, Rodney Dangerfield, Janet Leigh, Ken Caminiti, Christopher Reeve, Pierre Salinger, Ray Boone, Anthony Hecht, Steig Larsson, Yassir Arafat, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Cy Coleman, Ed Paschke, Dimebag Darrell, Johnny Oates, Jerry Orbach, Will Eisner, Virginia Mayo, Johnny Carson, Vicky LaMotta, John Vernon, Max Schmeling, Ossie Davis, Arthur Miller, Dick Weber, John Raitt, Hunter S. Thompson, John DeLorean, Barney Martin, Johnnie Cochran, Mitch Hedberg, Frank Perdue, Terry Schiavo, Pope John Paul II, Saul Bellow, Dale Messick, Debralee Scott, Prince Rainier III, Percy Heath, Herb Sargent, animator Joe Grant, Thurl Ravenscroft, Eddie Albert, Oscar Brown Jr., George Mikan, Anne Bancroft, Lane Smith, Paul Winchell, Shelby Foote, Luther Vandross, Admiral James Stockdale, James “Scotty” Doohan, Hildegarde, Ted “Double Duty” Radcliffe, and Robert Moog have always been dead.
If I allegedly missed anything, here’s last year’s list.