Already antiques?

EDMOND, Okla. – There are some inventions that will never be forgotten. The airplane, fire, electricity.

But in our never-ending quest for easier, smaller and faster, some of life’s greatest gadgets and gizmos are considered obsolete.

We recently assembled four of the best and brightest first graders from John Ross Elementary School in Edmond just to see if they’d recognize some of our greatest achievements.

Pearson, Anna, Ketch and Harper seem more than prepared for the challenge.

Lance: “Who can tell me what this is?”
Kids: {puzzled face}
Lance: “It’s called a VHS tape. Do you have any video tapes in your house?  No!”

Well, video tapes may have gone the way of the dinasaur.

But surely these whippersnappers recognize a milestone in portable entertainment from 1980?

Lance: “Who can tell me what a Walkman is?”
Pearson: “A person who helps a blind person go where they are supposed to go?”

The foldable road map is also useless to these technology-savvy 7-year- old students.

Lance: “How do you get around if you need directions?”
Kids: ” A GPS. You have reached your destination.”

In a day of remote control everything, these children are not familiar with the “TV dial” either.

Anna said, “You had to ask somebody to change the channel? That’s pretty funny.”

The internet has all but replaced the encyclopedia.

Smart phones and digital cameras have sent 35 millimeter film to the graveyard.

Lance: “Show of hands … Who knows what this is?”

Kids: {Puzzled faces}

But what about the typewriter?

Lance: “Raise your hands if you know what this is.”

Ketch: “Me and my dad were looking around and we found one of those.”
Harper: “One of those things people use but now we have keyboards. You put paper right there and you type.”

Pearson: “I’ve seen it on the Brady Bunch.”

Who knew this campy ’70s classic would become a history lesson in re-runs.

These children may not recognize the names but they do realize the value.

Pearson told us, “They are not making those anymore so I think they want to keep those around.  Antiques?  Antiques. Yes!”

These young Einsteins will tell you, disregarding something just because its old is never a good idea.