Baby Boomers: Can We Guess Your First Car?
By: Zoe Samuel
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About This Quiz
Your first car is like your first kiss. Even if it was terrible, below even your worst expectations, you're going to remember pretty much every detail about it. You'll remember if the car had good gas mileage, how good it was to drive, what its funny little idiosyncrasies were, or if it simply couldn't pick up your favorite radio station no matter what you did. You'll remember every ding and dent you put in it, and all the adventures you had with it. You'll recall whether you let other people drive it and exactly how much you regretted it. You'll remember how it came into your possession: whether it was a beloved and much-appreciated gift, whether it was something you bought for yourself after months of sweating bullets to earning money, or whether it was a hand-me-down from a sibling or cousin.
Sure, your first car probably saw better days, but it gave you the freedom that nothing could match. Tell us about yourself, and we'll see if we can guess precisely what trusty ride represented that important time in your life!
In what sort of setting do you grow up?
I lived in the countryside.
I lived on an estate district of a fancy commuter town.
Did you go to college?
I have a bachelors degree.
I have a master's degree.
When did you get married?
How soon did you have children?
Immediately, as in a couple months after marriage.
We waited a couple years.
We waited nearly ten years.
What did you study in college?
I studied political science.
Did you go to graduate school?
I went to medical school.
Where were you when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was shot?
I was at home with my kids.
I remember hearing about it afterward, from a friend in the local bar.
Were you drafted?
No, because I went to college in time.
No, I volunteered for the National Guard.
Were you a hippie?
Yes, but I didn't go in for all of it.
No, I was too rich and happy with things to bother.
Which musical act from the 1960s was your favorite?
Where were you when JFK was shot?
On my way to a job interview.
Where were you during the moon landing?
I was on a hilltop with my friends and a radio.
I was watching the television in my dorm's common room.
I was at a crowded around a TV at a bar.
Where were you when RFK was shot?
I was sleeping off a night shift.
I was cooking with my spouse.
Did you see the Nixon resignation coming?
I admit, I knew something was going to happen but I didn't see him resigning.
I had suspicions back when he ran against JFK.
I saw it coming as soon as he announced he was running again.
No, I was totally blindsided.
Did you ever smoke?
I smoked cigarettes, then cigars, but then I quit in the 1980s.
I chewed tobacco in college.
Did you vote for George H. Bush?
No, I was pretty fed up with his lot.
Yes, and I did the second time too.
Did you push to fix the nation's social safety net back when the country wasn't worried about its existential crisis?
No, I had to watch my own yard.
No, it was like screaming into a storm.
Yes, but no one was listening.
No, which is a shame really. We didn't know how good we had things.
Did you think the Vietnam War was a good idea at the time?
I was at first, but then I changed my mind.
I still think it was a good idea.
Did either of your parents take part in the war effort back in World War II?
My father and all his brothers were in the Navy during World War II.
My father was in the OSS, and my mother worked in the Navy yards.
No, they were all against the war until it started, and then just did business with the government.
How far did you move from home once you were on your own?
I moved just around the corner.
I moved across the country.
I moved into the biggest big city.
Were you into the 1960s drug scene?
I tried it. Not really my thing.
Did your political views radically change from the 1960s to where they are now?
I don't really have political views.
I've experienced a nearly complete reversal.
They evolved, but along the same theme.
Nope, they are more or less the same.
What part of the country did you grow up in?
What kind of car do you drive today?
Did you ever have a motorcycle or the like?
I had the one my dad got after the war.
I still have the same one!
I had a Yamaha in the 1970s.
How wealthy are you today?
I'm not going to starve or anything.
Did your parents live to see your success?
Not much success to see, pal.
They did, but they didn't approve.
They didn't, and that makes me sad.
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