Hey, the boomers made darn sure we learned the crucial elements of Watergate, too. I remember singing a song, part of which went "18 minutes worth of tape weren't heeaaarrrd oooouuuut loooouuuudd!!"
All I remember from world events as a child was Kennedy's assassination when I was 5 (my mom cried alot); when I was 10 Apollo 1 burned on my birthday and Viet Nam was on the nightly news every night. Then when I was 15, that whole darn summer vacation was nothing but Watergate hearings. I never could figure out what it was about and it was so bloody boring.
Eventually I knew what it was about. But it wasn't until Ollie North that I sat spellbound watching senate testimony.
His testimony, anyway.
The song, Alice's Restaurant makes a really funny reference to the missing minutes on tape... a song I'd never really listened to until my husband downloaded it from Napster (back when you could still do that).
My mother was a child in London during the Blitz so that's what I was used to hearing about. And my dad never talked about his early years at all that I can remember. I became a current events/politics addict on my own, I guess.