News and Notes
In 1964 Michael Apted made a television documentary called Seven Up -- a conversation with a group of 7-year-old schoolchildren from all strata of British society: rural and urban, black and white, East London orphans and public school swells. Checking back every seven years, the filmmaker created Seven Plus Seven, 21 Up, 28 Up, and 35 Up. The latest installment finds the group smaller in numbers and greater in years. They deal with their own children growing up, parents dying, goals met or dreams recalibrated, all with vitality still intact. It's a powerful testimonial to the transforming power of friendship and, ultimately, to the value of the examined life.