I never said they were irrelevant. I think you are putting too much emphasis on what you think other people should know in order to make photographs.

People sell trash as art all the time. C-prints sell at auction for vast amounts of money despite their fading.

As for the time period, you didn't, I did. As for my "silly game", I only asked for any three names. I looked at your work and can see the time period that influenced you, is it not fair for these kids to look at someone more current for inspiration? If you started in photography in the late 1970's looking at people working 20 years earlier, then why shouldn't they be looking at people working in the late 1990's and early 2000's?