A week or so ago I was walking by some tennis courts in a park adjacent to the local public high school. I noticed a great deal of writing in chalk on the concrete walkways near the courts. From what I could tell, the writing was a tribute from the members of the high school's girls tennis team to two team members who were graduating.
Part of the tribute was the words "YODA BEST" (i. e., "you're the best"), accompanied by a drawing of Yoda's face. Normally, observing the activities of today's high school students makes me feel really, really old—or rather it makes me understand that I am really, really old, because I actually feel very young; deep down I feel as if I'm only a few years older than a high school student myself. But here was something that made me feel that maybe I wasn't all that old after all—high school students referencing a character whom I knew when I was in high school.
Indeed, by the time that I was in high school, Yoda already seemed like a relic of the distant past, just as Yoda probably seems to the student who did the chalking (although, to them, the distant past might only mean the prequels).
It's been almost exactly 35 years since we first saw Yoda.