This Is 40
by Brandi Scardilli
When people turned 40, we used to say they were over the hill—they had already climbed the metaphorical hill of life accomplishments and were trudging slowly toward the end of their journey. It’s morbid, depressing stuff, and it’s so not true. The age of 40 isn’t even a lot of people’s midway point of life nowadays—they may have more years ahead of them than behind them. And some of their best work may still be yet to come. Look at Judd Apatow. IMDb lists his birthdate as 1967, meaning that in his 40s, he wrote Funny People, executive-produced Girls, directed Trainwreck, and filmed a Netflix standup special (and that’s just a sampling). I can’t wait to see what he does next.
Another example of doing good work in your 40s is Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), which is celebrating that milestone anniversary this year. Corilee Christou explores how CCC has evolved and shares some of its future plans.
The Honest Ads Act aims to amend a 47-year-old campaign finance law. I take a look at reactions to it on page 6. National Geographic is 100-plus years old, and it’s still innovating. Thomas Pack gives you a snapshot of its crowdsourced-photos website on page 31.
Don’t forget to check out Mick O’Leary’s BUDDIE award winner for Best Unknown Database on page 14. It’ll keep you busy until your next birthday.