It's hard for my children to believe, but there are a few advantages to being a little older. One of those is the perspective you have of various hysterias that come up from time to time.
The crisis du jour, of course, is swine flu, set to wipe out millions, just as bird flu was going to do last year, and SARS a couple years ealier.
Well kids, old dad is a veteran of the swine flu wars. Back in the 1970s, when I was a teenager and dinosaurs roamed the earth, swine flu was on the march. It was going to be worse than the black plague and disco put together, and kill more people a day than Ted Kennedy's driving.
Except, of course, it didn't. And maybe that was because of these super-cool, highly informative Public Service Announcements. Enjoy them here.