posted by Joe Anaya on June 1st, 2015

A friend of mine wrote a screenplay and asked me to give him notes. One of the plot points is that the two high school protagonists have a dream of playing on stage with Ted Nugent. I offered a note that he should change the band because Ted Nuggent is not the dream of an 18-year-old kid. That’s the dream of a 40-year-old writer when he was a kid. Ted’s heyday was 30 years ago. “No, you’re wrong. How can a kid not know who Ted Nugent is?”

I try to convince him that Ted Nugent, as great as he was when we were growing up, is not relevant to any teenager today. “That can’t be right. He had a reality show recently.” Well, his reality show was on and off quickly 6 years ago. That’s enough time for a middle school kid to graduate high school already. It’s enough time for a high school senior to graduate from college. And that’s just from when his show was on the air.

As we are debating the issue, my teen-age son comes home. I ask him, “Hey, do you know who Ted Nugent is?” “Uhmm, I don’t think so.” He mumbles while searching the fridge.

My friend hears this and yells through the phone, “Cat Scratch Fever! You’ve never heard of Cat Scratch Fever?”

“Uhmm, is it a song? Oh yeah, I know that song. Where are the chips?”

In triumph my friend hoots through the phone, “I told you!”

My son mumbles through a mouthful of chips, “But don’t get all teary-eyed, I only know it from the play list on Guitar Hero.”

After hearing an audible sigh through the phone, I suggest “Google top 20 bands of 2011. You do know what Google is?”

“F#@k you.”

“Well at least, search and replace Ted Nugent with Green Day for now. They’re only 10 years behind the times.”

“F#@k you.” Click.

Originally posted 5/18/11

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