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ABC News: Morrie Schwartz – Lessons On Living


Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Main Program: B-



ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is a sickening scourge of a disease that has yet to be resolved and slowly but eventually destroys the entire body’s nerve system and its cells.  There is the very strong possibility that stem cell research could and would solve this nightmare, but until then, thousands upon thousands of people will continue to die unnecessarily.  Morrie Schwartz was a Sociology professor who was a huge success in his field.  ALS hit him and his life was changed forever.  Originally shown in several parts on Nightline, Ted Koppel began interviewing Schwartz and three parts slowly showed the devastating effects of the disease, but the twist is what Schwartz has to say.


He reflects on his life and how people think of and deal with life, including denial of death.  He does not need to follow any stages of death because he is taking the problem head on, knowing what is going to happen in a relatively short by certain time, and all that has made this some of Koppel’s most popular work in the 25+ years of Nightline alone.  The main program has been nicely edited into a nearly hour-long program that Koppel hosts.  Those dealing with illness will appreciate it, while those who are not could consider taking a look because it is worth thinking about these things while you still have your health.


The 1.33 X 1 image is a little softer than usual for late analog NTSC professional videotaping, but is good enough for this disc.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no surrounds, but is clear for an on-the-spot series of tapings.  Extras include an interview (18:47) with Tuesdays With Morrie author Mitch Albom, a former student of Schwartz’s who saw him on TV, got involved and wrote a book about what happened that became a big best seller.  Four additional interview pieces are also included.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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