We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Most of what is new and visible/obvious in computer programming relates to the user/internet/PC. You wouldn't launch a moon mission with HTML or Java script. It is easy to become so comfortable in your own niche that you are unaware of what else is going on. The NSA, so much in the news lately, uses supercomputers as well as PCs and they use methodologies that a programmer from the 60's would understand but a PC programmer would not. There are indeed many "elite" programmers still working 60 hour weeks who could not write in HTML if they had to.
One of my daughters is a team leader for a unit in a major, primarily hardware company, developing and maintaining financial management software, mostly for large banks in the U.S. and Europe. Last I knew they were still using cobol.
COBOL is a "clunky" language but it's greatest advantage is that it is (or can be) self documenting. If written well it can be read by a non-programmer and actually make sense.
Fortran is the programming language of science/math. It is elegant and succinct.
Assembly (or machine language) is or can be difficult to write and to make sense out of someone else's programming is difficult to impossible. But it allows total access to the computers capability and inner working. It also allows you to maximize speed and minimize program size (something that doesn't much matter anymore).
They are all used extensively on big iron machines and probably will be for years to come.