Gen X Survey

The 411

Let's get to know you. We do need just a few pieces of required information; everything else is optional.

Where did you grow? (Town, State, Area)
Have you ever lived in Illinois? If so, when (optional)
What year were you born? (optional)
Before we dive in -- this survey can't possibly capture the dept of your Gen X experience. Are you interested in being interviewed by someone from our staff, to be featured in the exhibit?
Do you have any images you would like to share? We will not use them without your permission.
Files must be less than 6 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.
Do you still have any of the following objects from your youth (before age 18) that you'd be willing to lind or donate for the exhibit? Must date from the 1960s-1990s. Check any/all that apply.
Any other objects we didn't include above?

Your Memories

Now make yourself a cup of Tang and take the phone off the hook. We want to hear your thoughts and memories of growing up X. Answer as many or as few as you like; We're just happy to hear from you.

What were your favorite toys/games growing up?
What music did you love growing up?
What TV shows did you love growing up?
What movies did you love growing up?
What Books or book series did you love growing up?
What's your favorite Gen X slang growing up?
What news events stand out in your memory growing up?
Were you a latchkey kid? What was that like? Do you have a story you want to share about your experiences after school?
If you have kids, how is your experience of being a parent different from the way you were parented?
What were some of the most cringey styles you embraced as a young person?
How would you describe the experience of growing up Gen X? What makes Gen X so unique?
What messages did society send you about your identity growing up? (i.e. being male, female, gay, straight, Black, Latinx, etc.)
How do you think growing up GenX shaped who you are today?
Any other memories or thoughts you want to share about being Gen X?
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I am a member of GenX, born between 1965-1980