Most of what I remember about being 12 is playing Combat and Canyon Bomber on our new Atari 2600 and going to school. It was the year of Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Some guy drove a black Pontiac Trans-Am.
This kid, ZACH_BONNER, is -walking- -across- -the- -United States-. Go read his story, follow him on Twitter ( @zach_bonner ) and help him out if you can. Take a look at the backpacks, and see what he was doing the last couple of years.