The first election I have an adultish memory/perspective of was Bush/Dukakis 1988. I was 16. The Bush/Gore election was 16 years ago. In 1988 the "16 years ago" election was Nixon/McGovern in 1972. I was a more informed than average teen, but I doubt I could have told you anything about the 1972 election other than the fact that Nixon won it.