I'm 25 - still fairly young???
I've actually observed the opposite - that many 'Zone System Experts' are lacking in the history and art department or at least, that their self-satisfied expertise is somewhat narrow.
It's also a crime, in my mind, to be ignorant about the current movers and shakers, which many of the old boys are. They have a strange pride in that ignorance.
This thread is about a generation gap, nothing more.
You might be surprised to hear that Harry Callahan barely knew who Stieglitz was, until he met him.