This NYT article on Millennial (born 1982-200?) nostalgia is a funny an whimsical piece. I’m surprised he didn’t mention the wonderful Disney cartoon movies that marked the first wavers’ childhood: Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, etc. That will certainly be remembered in future decades as a “classic” era of great kidvid and people will be wondering why we can’t do that anymore. It was all part of the Millennial moment. You just had to be there.
“Voldie and the Wiz Kids” (an indie band mentioned in the piece) is nice. We haven’t heard young people called ”Whiz kids” since the young G.I.s (born 1901-1924) and some Silent (born 1925-1942) from WWII through the early 60s. The retrospectives on Bob McNamara often mentioned how he and his team were called Whiz Kids at Ford and later at the Department of Defense. No one ever called Boomers (born 1943-60) or Xers (born 1961-81) Whiz Kids.