In the spirit of the Beloit Mindset Lists, Robert Scherrer over at Inside Higher Ed written his own list with various point about the college years of the “typical 50-something professor.”
Here is his top 10 items:
- There was only one computer on campus. It was called “the computer.”
- The computer administrators knew everyone’s password.
- The computer crashed sporadically for no apparent reason. When it went down, everyone was out of luck.
- There was only one phone company. It was called “the phone company.”
- The phone company charged exorbitant rates for long-distance calls, so students saved money by calling home after 11 p.m. or on weekends.
- Roommates shared a single phone provided with their room. It was connected by a cable to an outlet in the wall. The phone couldn’t talk.
- The phone came with a phone book that listed telephone numbers, although most students memorized the numbers of their friends and relatives.
- A student who was not in their room was impossible to reach on the phone.
- Those who couldn’t afford to phone home could write letters, a precursor to email. These were hand delivered and took two to four days to arrive.
- Booking a flight home required the services of an oracle called a travel agent, who alone had access to the inscrutable airline flight schedules.
The remainder of the list is here.
This Beloit list for this year (class of 2021) is here.