The next time you meet a cicada, remember that the poor guy has been living underground for 17 years. Point out, though, that even as much has changed since its egg was deposited in 1987, much has stayed the same. Consider:
1987: Massachusetts' Democratic governor, Michael Dukakis, begins run for presidential nomination to oppose Vice President George H.W. Bush.
2004: Massachusetts' Democratic senator, John Kerry, runs for president against President George W. Bush.
1987: Van Gogh's early modernist Irises sells for a record $53.9 million.
2004: Pablo Picasso's early modernist Boy with a Pipe sells for a record $104 million.
1987: Former National Security Advisor John Poindexter testifies before Congress about Iran-contra.
2004: National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifies before the Sept. 11 Commission.
1987: The artist then known Prince releases hit album Sign o' the Times.
2004: The artist again known as Prince releases hit album Musicology.
1987: Wall Street arbitrageur Ivan Boesky sentenced to prison for insider trading.
2004: Domestic diva Martha Stewart awaits sentencing for her role in another stock scandal.
1987: Bob Woodward's Veil: Secret Wars of the CIA makes the best-seller list.
2004: Bob Woodward's Plan of Attack hits No. 1 on the best-seller list.
1987: In style: Bubble miniskirts, Guess jeans, off the shoulder shirts, green and pink
2004: In style: Pleated miniskirts, Lucky jeans, off the shoulder shirts, pink and green
1987: The Pixies release their first album, Come on Pilgrim.
2004: The Pixies kiss, re-unite, tour the country.
-- Annie Linskey