Ice Breaker – We Didn’t Start the Fire (Happy Birthday, Billy Joel)

Each week on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

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Today happens to be Billy Joel’s 65th birthday.  If you were around in 1989, you will probably remember Joel’s song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” from his Stormfront album.  The song recalls newspaper headlines from the time of Billy Joel’s birthday (May 9, 1949) to the time the album was released in 1989.  Twenty-five years have passed since the song was released, and there have been many significant headlines during this period of time.  Today’s question will get us thinking about how Billy Joel might revise the song if he were to do so today.

Question:  What headlines do you think would be added to the song “We Didn’t Start the Fire” if it were rewritten today?

My Answer:  I’m sure this only scratches the surface, but here are a few headlines to get your thoughts going:

  • Barack Obama
  • Boston Marathon Bombings
  • Nelson Mandela
  • iPod, iPhone, iPad
  • O.J. Simpson
  • Phillies Phinally Win the World Series in 2008
  • September 11, 2001
  • Benghazi
  • Edward Snowden
  • Space Shuttle Columbia

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