Just as I did last year for the class of 2013, I have created a list regarding the high school graduating class of 2014. I posted it to Archie Comics Fan Forum yesterday and am now posting it here. Enjoy!


Introduction:

For the past few years, I have done a sliding timeline post. Archie Comics seems to keep the main characters at around the same age (it varies here and there), so, logically, each year, the characters' birthdates are advanced by one year.

Since the senior class at my old high school graduated today, it seems the school year is over, so it's time for an update.

According to Wikipedia, there is 1 person born in 1897 verified to still be alive:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ercentenarians

The oldest living former U.S. President was born on June 12, 1924. The current Pope was born on December 17, 1936.

Taking into account only the people that are still alive today, there were 11 people in the world at the end of the 1800s, there were 22 people at the end of the 19th century, the oldest person at the end of the 1900s was 12, 1910s: 22, 1920s: 32, 1930s: 42, 1940s: 52, 1950s: 62, 1960s: 72, 1970s: 82, 1980s: 92, 1990s: 102, and 2000s: 112.

Needless to say, it'll be a while before we have to say that the original Betty, Archie, and Jughead, introduced in Pep #22 in 1941, are dead.

For the purpose of this post, I make the assumption that the characters are graduating next year, aged 18 years old, so they were born in 1996. I also assume the summer stories that we see in the comics occur during the summer before senior year (there are at least two comic stories that establish this), and the school-year stories occur during senior year (at least one 1970s story establishes this). I know there's at least one story where they're explicitly high school juniors, and that's the position of the official Archie Comics site (in their character profiles), so, if anything, the assumptions in this post are too conservative.

What this post attempts to do is try to figure out the characters' perspective and frame of reference for viewing the world. This can also be useful for the Archie Comics writers when writing new stories.

As we enter a new cycle of Archie Comics stories, 1995 is lost; the characters never experienced it. Of course, I'm aware that people can become aware of things (music, movies, television series, video games, books, etc.) that came out before they were born, but they weren't there "as it happened", and thus these things hold no nostalgic value to them. Also, keep in mind that people generally don't remember things before the age of two (in this case, 1998).

In addition to updating the information, I have sorted it into rough chronological order as the characters would have experienced them (or, in the cases of pre-birth events, wouldn't have experienced them).

World events:

Germany has always been one nation.

It's always been Russia, not the Soviet Union.

Poland has always been a republic.

The Americans with Disabilities Act has always been in effect.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia have always been separate nations.

The European Union has always existed.

Bill Clinton was President when they were born.

George Pataki was Governor of New York when they were born.

Christine Todd Whitman was Governor of New Jersey when they were born.

Jean Chrétien was Prime Minister of Canada when they were born.

John Major was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom when they were born.

Jacques Chirac was President of France when they were born.

Aleksander Kwasniewski was President of Poland when they were born.

Helmut Kohl was Chancellor of Germany when they were born.

Boris Yeltsin was President of Russia when they were born.

Juan Carlos I was King of Spain when they were born.

Oscar Luigi Scarfaro was President of Italy when they were born.

Either Paul Keating or John Howard was Prime Minister of Australia when they were born.

They were 4 or 5 and in kindergarten during the 9/11 attacks.

They were 8 or 9 and in third grade when Pope Benedict XVI took office.

They were 12 or 13 and in seventh grade when Barack Obama became President.

They were 16 or 17 and in eleventh grade (junior year) when Pope Francis took office.

Economics:

Gas prices have never been below $1.00 per gallon.

Movie tickets have never been below $4.35.

A U.S. domestic postage stamp to deliver a one-ounce letter has never cost less than 32 cents.

A standard comic book from DC or Marvel has never cost less than $1.50.

They've never payed less than $3.39 per gallon of gas.

Family:

Most of their parents likely went to high school in the 1980s.

Polly Cooper likely went to high school in the early 2000s.

Celebrities that are older than them:

Danielle Campbell
Georgie Henley

Education:

The Columbine High School massacre occured before they entered kindergarten.

They have attended school entirely in the 21st century.

They attended elementary school (grades K-5) from 2001 to 2007.

No Child Left Behind went into effect when they were in kindergarten.

The Virginia Tech massacre occured when they were in fifth grade.

They attended junior high (grades 6-8) from 2007 to 2010.

They started high school in 2010.

The Sandy Hook massacre occured when they were in eleventh grade (junior year).

Technology:

What are records?

TV was always in color.

They can't imagine not having a remote control.

Microwaves and answering machines have always been around.

They've always had cable TV.

The World Wide Web is older than them.

The Nintendo Entertainment System has always been discontinued.

If they're Nintendo fans, their first video game system was likely the Nintendo 64 (its debut possibly predates them).

If they're Sega fans, their first video game system was likely the Sega Saturn (its debut predates them) or Sega Dreamcast (it came out when they were 2 or 3).

If they're Sony fans, their first video game system was likely the Sony PlayStation (its debut predates them) or Sony PlayStation 2 (it came out when they were 3 or 4).

Windows 95 is older than them.

From a portable-gaming standpoint, they were, at most, two months and two days old when the Nintendo Virtual Boy was discontinued.

There have always been feature-length films made entirely of CGI.

They grew up with DVDs (it arrived in the U.S. in March of 1998, when they were 1 or 2).

They were 4 or 5 when the first iPod and iTunes debuted and 6 or 7 when Windows support was added.

Music on cassette tapes is a distant memory. Most of the major U.S. music companies had discontinued them when they were 6 or 7.

They've always had cell phones.

YouTube debuted when they were 8 or 9.

The last major Hollywood motion picture that was released on VHS in the U.S. came out when they were 9 or 10. The final standalone VCR from JVC came out, and the last major truckload of prerecorded VHS tapes were shipped, when they were 11 or 12.

They were 10 or 11 when the first iPhone debuted.

They were 13 or 14 when the first iPad debuted.

Pop's would have Wi-Fi and coffee to compete with Starbucks.

The gang is wired. They're able to text each other via cell phone, watch the latest music videos on YouTube or on televisions in the mall's food court, and use their laptops wherever there's Wi-Fi access.

Pop culture:

Songs that predate them:

Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me - U2
You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson

Television series that predate them:

The New Price is Right
Hearts Afire
Love & War
Empty Nest
Sonic the Hedgehog
Matlock
Star Search
Blossom
Full House
Love Connection
Platypus Man
Northern Exposure
WWF Wrestling Challenge
Family Feud
Dwebbs
Loving
First Time Out
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?
Yo! MTV Raps

Movies that predate them:

Die Hard with a Vengeance
Toy Story
Apollo 13
GoldenEye
Pocahontas
Batman Forever
Se7en
Casper
Waterworld
Jumanji
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
The Addiction
The Amazing Panda Adventure
The American President
Angels and Insects
Angus
Assassins
Babe
The Baby-Sitters Club
Bad Boys
Balto
The Basketball Diaries
Before Sunrise
Beyond Rangoon
The Big Green
Billy Madison
Blue in the Face
Born to Be Wild
Boys on the Side
The Brady Bunch Movie
Braveheart
The Bridges of Madison County
The Brothers McMullen
Bye Bye Love
Canadian Bacon
Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
Casino
The Celluloid Closet
Citizen X
Clockers
Clueless
Coldblooded
Congo
Copycat
Crimson Tide
The Crossing Guard
Cry, the Beloved Country
The Cure
Cutthroat Island
Dangerous Minds
Dead Man
Dead Man Walking
Dead Presidents
Demon Knight
Desperado
Devil in a Blue Dress
Dolores Claiborne
Don Juan DeMarco
Dracula: Dead and Loving It
Empire Records
Escape to Witch Mountain
Fair Game
Fall Time
Father of the Bride Part II
First Knight
Fluke
Forget Paris
Four Rooms
Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
French Kiss
Friday
Friendship's Field
From the Journals of Jean Seberg
Full Body Massage
Funny Bones
The Gate of Heavenly Peace
Georgia
Get Shorty
The Glass Shield
Gold Diggers: The Secret of Bear Mountain
A Goofy Movie
Grumpier Old Men
Hackers
Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Harrison Bergeron
Heat
Heavy
Heavyweights
Hideaway
Higher Learning
Highlander: The Final Dimension
Home for the Holidays
Houseguest
How to Make an American Quilt
The Hunted
Ice Cream Man
In the Mouth of Madness
The Indian in the Cupboard
It Takes Two
Jade
Jerky Boys: The Movie
Johnny Mnemonic
Joseph
Judge Dredd
Just Cause
Kicking and Screaming
A Kid in King Arthur's Court
Kids
Kiss of Death
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
Last of the Dogmen
The Last Supper
Leaving Las Vegas
Let It Be Me
A Little Princess
Live Nude Girls
Living in Oblivion
Lord of Illusions
Losing Isaiah
Mad Love
Magic in the Water
Major Payne
Mallrats
Man of the House
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival
Miami Rhapsody
Mighty Aphrodite
Money Train
A Month by the Lake
Moonlight and Valentino
Mortal Kombat
Multi-Facial
Murder in the First
National Lampoon's Senior Trip
The Net
Never Talk to Strangers
New Jersey Drive
Nick of Time
Nine Months
Nixon
No Way Back
Now and Then
Operation Dumbo Drop
Othello
Outbreak
Panther
The Pebble and the Penguin
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies
Persuasion
Picture Bride
Powder
The Prophecy
The Quick and the Dead
Rack, Shack, and Benny
Reckless
Restoration
Rob Roy
Sabrina
Safe
The Scarlet Letter
Screamers
Showgirls
Smoke
Something to Talk About
Species
Spin
The Stars Fell on Henrietta
Stonewall
Strange Days
Sudden Death
Tall Tale
Tank Girl
Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead
Three Wishes
The Tie That Binds
To Die For
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
Tom and Huck
Tommy Boy
Top Dog
Truman
Twelve Monkeys
Two Bits
Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
Unzipped
The Usual Suspects
Vampire in Brooklyn
Village of the Damned
Virtuosity
Waiting to Exhale
A Walk in the Clouds
The Walking Dead
Welcome to the Dollhouse
While You Were Sleeping
White Man's Burden
Wild Bill

Rap music has always been mainstream.

The Mega Man Internet fandom has always existed.

There have always been at least five major networks.

Starbucks has always been nationwide.

Cartoon Network has always existed.

O.J. Simpson has always been absolutely, 100% not guilty.

E3 and GameFAQs have always been around.

Eazy-E, Selena, and Jerry Garcia have always been dead.

Hayden Christensen, Rosario Dawson, Minnie Driver, Will Ferrell, Natasha Henstridge, Jason Lee, Rachael Leigh Cook, James McAvoy, Debra Messing, Amanda Peet, Mekhi Phifer, Ryan Philippe, Paul Rudd, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloë Sevigny, Charlize Theron, James Van Der Beek, and Dominic West have always been acting.

Michael Bay has always been directing movies.

They were born during Season 7 or 8 of "The Simpsons".

They were born during Season 6 or 7 of "Beverly Hills, 90210".

They were born during Season 6 or 7 of "Law & Order".

They were born during Season 4 or 5 of "Highlander".

They were born during or after Season 6 of "Beavis and Butt-head" but before Season 7.

The Saved by the Bell of their childhoods was The New Class (Goddess help them). They were born during Season 3 (reruns) or 4.

They were born during Season 4 or 5 of "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine".

They were born during Season 3 or 4 of "Babylon 5".

They were born during Season 2 or 3 of "Star Trek: Voyager".

The first Stephen King book published in their lifetime was "The Green Mile", "Desperation", "The Regulators", or "Six Stories".

The first James Bond movie released in their lifetime was "Tomorrow Never Dies" (#18), starring Pierce Brosnan.

The first Halloween movie released in their lifetime was "Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later" (#7).

The first Friday the 13th movie released in their lifetime was "Jason X" (#10).

The first A Nightmare on Elm Street movie released in their lifetime was "Freddy vs. Jason" (#8).

The first Highlander movie released in their lifetime was "Highlander: Endgame".

The first Batman movie released in their lifetime was "Batman & Robin".

The first Disney Princess introduced in their lifetime was Mulan.

The first Disney theatrical animated film released in their lifetime was either "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" or "Hercules".

The first Star Trek movie released in their lifetime was either "Star Trek: First Contact" or "Star Trek: Insurrection".

The first Mario (platform) games (starring him) released in their lifetime (in the U.S.) were "Super Mario 64" on the Nintendo 64 and "Super Mario Bros. Deluxe" on the Game Boy Color.

The first Castlevania game released in their lifetime (in the U.S.) was "Castlevania: Symphony of the Night" on the Sony PlayStation.

The first Mega Man games released in their lifetime (in the U.S.) were "Mega Man 8" on the Sony PlayStation; and either "Mega Man X3" on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System or "Mega Man X4" on the Sony PlayStation, Sega Saturn, and PC.

The first Final Fantasy game released in their lifetime (in the U.S.) was "Final Fantasy VII" on the Sony PlayStation.

The first Street Fighter game (excluding updates) released in their lifetime (in the U.S.) was either "Street Fighter Alpha 2" or "Street Fighter Alpha 3".

The first Mortal Kombat game released in their lifetime was either "Mortal Kombat Trilogy" or "Mortal Kombat Mythologies: Sub-Zero".

The first Sonic the Hedgehog game released in their lifetime (in the U.S.) was "Sonic 3D", "Sonic Blast", "Sonic Gameworld", "Sonic's Schoolhouse", "Sonic the Fighters", "Sonic Classics", or "Sonic R".

The first Kiss albums released in their lifetime were "Kiss Unplugged" or "You Wanted the Best, You Got the Best!!" (live) and "Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions" (studio).

The first Bruce Springsteen albums released in their lifetime were "Blood Brothers" (EP) and "The Rising" (LP).

The first Michael Jackson album released in their lifetime was "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix".

The first Madonna albums released in their lifetime were "Evita" (soundtrack) and "Ray of Light" (studio).

The first Metallica album released in their lifetime was either "Load" or "ReLoad".

The first Sheryl Crow album released in their lifetime was either "Sheryl Crow" or "The Globe Sessions".

They grew up with anime. Sailor Moon has been fighting evil by moonlight and winning love by daylight since before they were born.

They were 0 or 1 when Harry Potter enrolled in Hogwarts and 10 or 11 when he killed Voldemort (theatrically, they were 4/5 and 14/15, respectively).

They were 0 or 1 when the Backstreet Boys released their first album (in the U.S.).

They were 0 or 1 when the Captain N Internet fandom was started.

They grew up on "Pokemon". It premiered in the U.S. when they were 1 or 2.

They were 1 or 2 when the Marvel movie franchise began with "Blade".

They were 1 or 2 when 'N Sync released their first album.

They were 1 or 2 when the Wild Things series started.

They were 1 or 2 when FanFiction.Net was founded.

They were 2 or 3 when Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera released their first albums.

They were 2 or 3 when the American Pie series started.

The Star Wars of their childhoods was Episodes I, II, and III.

"Mobile Suit Gundam Wing" premiered in the U.S. on Cartoon Network's Toonami when they were 3 or 4.

They were 4 or 5 when Eden's Crush came out with their singles and sole full-length album.

They were 4 or 5 when "Yu-Gi-Oh!" premiered in the U.S. and 10 or 11 when it ended.

Tom Welling has always been Superboy, if not in name.

They were 6 or 7 when Evanescence released their first album.

The first Terminator movie released in their lifetime was "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines". It came out when they were 6 or 7.

They were 6 or 7 when the first Black Eyed Peas album featuring Fergie was released.

They were 6 or 7 when the Lord of the Rings film trilogy ended.

They were 7 or 8 when Facebook debuted.

They were 7 or 8 when The Bride killed Bill.

They were 8 or 9 when the Pussycat Dolls released their first album.

They were 8 or 9 when Bella met Edward and 11 or 12 when they got married (theatrically, they were 11/12 and 15/16, respectively).

The Angry Video Game Nerd debuted on YouTube when they were 9 or 10.

They were 9 or 10 when Taylor Swift released her first album.

They've been going Gaga for the Lady since they were 11 or 12.

They were 11 or 12 when Katy Perry released her first mainstream album.

They were 11 or 12 when "The Hunger Games" came out and 13 or 14 when the series ended.

Michael Jackson died during their summer vacation before they entered eighth grade (junior high).

The Star Trek of their childhoods were Deep Space Nine (Seasons 4-7), Voyager (Seasons 2-7), First Contact, Insurrection, Enterprise, and Nemesis.

The Charlie's Angels of their childhoods were the theatrical films. They came out when they were 3/4 and 6/7, respectively.

The Transformers of their childhoods were Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Robots in Disguise, Armada, Energon, Cybertron, and the first live-action film.

The G.I. Joe of their childhoods were "G.I. Joe Extreme" (last three episodes of Season 1 onward) and "G.I. Joe: Sigma 6".

The Power Rangers of their childhoods were Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (possible reruns), Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers, Zeo, Turbo, in Space, Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force, Wild Force, Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, S.P.D., Mystic Force, Operation Overdrive, and Jungle Fury.

Music artists of their pre-teen years: Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, Britney Spears, Eden's Crush, Black Eyed Peas, Evanescence, Pussycat Dolls, Taylor Swift, Fergie, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry

The Star Trek of their teenage years is the 2009 reboot film.

The Charlie's Angels of their teenage years was the short-lived reboot series. It came out when they were 14 or 15.

The Transformers of their teenage years are the second and third live-action films, Animated, and Prime.

The G.I. Joe of their teenage years are Resolute, the live-action film series, and Renegades.

The Power Rangers of their teenage years are RPM, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (re-versioned), and Samurai.

Jem is a real singer, not a cartoon character.

Music artists of their teen years: Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Pussycat Dolls, Marie Digby, Ke$ha, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry

Betty is more likely to share her problems on Facebook, LiveJournal, MySpace, and YouTube, rather than writing them down in a diary. Privacy? What's that? If she does keep a diary, it'd likely be on a flash drive, not in a book.

Their lives in relation to mine:

They were born during the year that I graduated from high school and first got on the Internet.

They were 4 or 5 when I graduated from college and got my second computer.

They were 8 or 9 when I got my third computer.

They were 15 or 16 when I got my fourth computer.

Real-world Archie Comics timeline:

The gang was born after the following series had concluded and one-shots had debuted:

(The Adventures of) Little Archie
Archie 3000!
Archie and His Pals in The Peer Helping Program
Archie and Inspector Sammy Terry
Archie and Me
Archie and the History of Electronics
Archie Annual
Archie and Pureheart the Powerful / Archie as Captain Pureheart
Archie at Riverdale High
Archie Giant Series Magazine
Archie's Activity Comics Digest Magazine
Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica
Archie's Girls Betty and Veronica Annual
Archie's Ham Radio Adventure
Archie's Joke Book Magazine
Archie's Mechanics
(Archie's Pal) Jughead (first series)
Archie's Pal Jughead Annual
Archie's Pals 'N' Gals
Archie's R/C Racers
(Archie's Rival) Reggie / Reggie and Me
(Archie's) Riverdale High
Archie's Super Hero Special
Archie's T.V. Laugh-out
Betty's Diary
Christmas and Archie
Everything's Archie
Jughead's Diner
Jughead's Fantasy
Jughead's Folly
Jughead's Jokes
Jughead's Pal Hot Dog
Jughead's Time Police
Life With Archie
Little Archie Comics Digest Annual/Magazine
Little Archie In Animal Land
Little Archie Mystery Comics
The New Archies
The New Archies Comics Digest Magazine
Reggie's Revenge!
Reggie's "Wise Guy" Jokes
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet Archie

The gang was born after the following issues came out:

Archie (Comics) #442
Archie & Friends #16
Archie Comics Digest (Magazine) #125
Archie...Archie Andrews, Where Are you? Comics Digest Magazine #83
Archie's Double Digest (Quarterly) Magazine #72
(Archie's Pal) Jughead (Comics) (second series) #75
Archie's Pals 'N' Gals Double Digest Magazine #3
Archie's Story and Game Digest Magazine #23
Betty #32
Betty and Veronica #94
Betty and Veronica Annual Digest Magazine #11
Betty and Veronica Comic Digest Magazine #77
Betty and Veronica Double Digest Magazine #52
Betty and Veronica Spectacular #6
Jughead With Archie Digest (Plus Betty & Veronica & Reggie, Too!) #113
Jughead's Double Digest #25
Veronica #48
Veronica's (Passport) Digest Magazine #4

The gang was born after the following other media came out:

the Archie Andrews radio show
the Filmation series
The New Archies
Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again
the Riverdale High prose novels

The "Love Showdown" storyline is older than them.

One of their comic books has never cost less than $1.50.

The gang was born in the year that "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" premiered on TV and 6 or 7 when it ended.

The gang was 2 or 3 when "Archie's Weird Mysteries", portraying them as high school teenagers, premiered and 3 or 4 when it ended.

The gang was 4 or 5 when the "Josie and the Pussycats" movie came out.

The gang was 5 or 6 when "The Archies in Jugman", portraying them as high school teenagers, came out.

They were in 7th grade (junior high) when the Freshman Year storyline came out.

They were in 8th grade (junior high) when the wedding storyline came out.

They were in 8th grade and out of school for the summer when the second Freshman Year storyline came out.

They started high school after the following issues came out:

Archie #610
Archie & Friends #144
Archie Comics Digest Magazine #265
Archie's Double Digest Magazine #209
Archie's Pal Jughead Comics #200
Archie's Pals 'n' Gals Double Digest Magazine #134
Betty #183
Betty and Veronica #244
Betty and Veronica Comic Digest Magazine #201
Betty and Veronica Double Digest Magazine #182
Jughead & Friends Digest Magazine #18
Jughead's Double Digest Magazine #152
Tales From Riverdale Digest Magazine #37
Veronica #201

Anyone have anything else?