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It's when most of high school graduates were born, and as students like those from A&M Consolidated don their caps and gowns, this generation, like those before it, live in a different world.
"This generation, in a way, wants items," said Joshua Lee Baker, one of nearly 500 Consol students who received their diplomas Friday night. "They want things, basically. Cars and moneys and homes and all those things."
And cell phones. And TVs. Back in 1987, most people watched television over the air and talked on the phone through a wire. 18 years later, it's vice versa, and everyone has a cell.
"It's just because we actually get to keep in touch," said Karla Orozco. "I don't have to wait until I get home to call my mom to tell her what I'm doing. You can just call them right then. You don't have to wait."
Calling your parents instead of driving to them: it might actually be better that way these days. Back in 1987, gas cost a dollar at the pump. Double it for today.
"More now, we focus on carpooling," said Ricky Benning. "It's a lot more fun, too. You get to have more people in the car, more conversations."
When asked if she'd like gas to be a dollar again, Orozco said, "It would be very nice. I would like to be able to fill my tank up with $15 or $10."
And with the money you'd save, you could buy music, like Michael Jackson's "Bad" album, which debuted in 1987. Today, Bad may be an appropriate term.
"I love Michael Jackson," said Mario Malave. "I love his music. I hope he's innocent, but if he really did something, I hope justice gets him."
"I'll be looking forward to his new face configurations in the future," said Kelly Boutton.
In 1987, the war was Cold. Today, it's terroristic. "It's kind of a bad situation, but we just want to get in, get out, and God bless the troops and just get them home safely," said Benning.
The headlines, the technologies, they all change over the years. But what this generation may prove is that some things don't change.
"Most important," wondered Malave. "To succeed, have a family, make a lot of money and be happy, be in shape. Everybody wants that."
And 18 years from now, they'll probably say the same thing.
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