1966 FRESHMAN REGISTER
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Time Magazine's "Man of the Year"
was a generic person called "Twenty-five and Under".
So wrote the editors of Time:
"In the closing third of the 20th century, that generation
looms larger than all the exponential promises of science or technology:
it will soon be the majority in charge. In the U.S., citizens of 25
and under in 1966 nearly outnumbered their elders; by 1970, there will
be 100 million Americans in that age bracket. In other big, highly industrialized
nations, notably Russia and Canada, the young also constitute half the
population. If the statistics imply change, the credentials of the younger
generation guarantee it. Never have the young been so assertive or so
articulate, so well educated or so worldly. Predictably, they are a
highly independent breed, and, to adult eyes, their independence has made
them highly unpredictable.
This is not just a new generation, but a new kind of generation...
"Reared in a prolonged period of world peace, he
has a unique sense of control over his own destiny, barring the prospect
of a year's combat in a brush-fire war. Science and the knowledge explosion
have armed him with more tools to choose his life pattern than he can
always use: physical and intellectual mobility, personal and financial
opportunity, a vista of change accelerating in every direction. Untold
adventures await him. He is the man who will land on the moon, cure
cancer and the common cold, lay out blight- proof, smog-free cities,
enrich the underdeveloped world, and, no doubt, write finis to poverty