A Classic Question for You

Classic Ford Model T car

Classic Ford Model T

The 2011 Oscar-nominated French film The Artist pays homage to one classic genre of film: silent film.  In 100 minutes, the film’s audience is reminded of that certain breed of film that began in the late 19th century and ended at the start of the 20th.

Besides silent film, what else meets the standard of “classic” in our world?  If asked about classics, what words would roll off your tongue?

What about classic U.S. Western films and TV shows? Would you respond with Duel in the Sun or The Lone Ranger, maybe?  Or, what about scary films?  Maybe you’d highlight “The Shining or “Psycho” as classics?

Which classic books or novels would you list?  Moby-Dick, The Sound and the Fury, The Grapes of Wrath and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn may come to your mind.  And, what about classic cars?  You might reply with, “the Ford Model T.”

In the future, many global tennis fans may refer to today’s five-hour, 53-minute, men’s final tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic at The Australian Open as a “classic” sports event.

Wikipedia defines classic as “something that is a perfect example of a particular style, something of lasting worth or with a timeless quality” and notes that the something defined as “classic” may be a noun or adjective.

Certainly, we’ve all experienced memorable and classic moments, but, do you think someone can be a classic?  If you think so, then what’s the secret formula for becoming a classic?

A close friend once told me, “you become a classic when you transcend time.”  If that’s the case, personally, I think that cars, sports events, books and films may have a head start.  What do you think?





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