ARLINGTON, Wis. -- Carol and Gregory Schill flip through their high school yearbooks and an entire era comes roaring back to life: Bermuda shorts and saddle shoes, rock 'n' roll on the radio and quiz shows on TV.
The Schills were members of the Class of 1957. She attended Markesan High School. He attended Madison East.
And they would be linked forever. Not just by a half-century of marriage but also by a single statewide survey that morphed into a lifetime study.
The Schills, now 71, are among some of the original Class of '57 graduates who for decades have formed the core of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a groundbreaking work that has charted a generation's rise from adolescence to older age. Results have helped inform hundreds of scholarly works throughout the world.
Now, the Schills and thousands of other 1957 graduates are participating in one of the study's crucial periods, sitting down for face-to-face interviews with researchers for the first time. They're answering questions on everything from finances to education and work to well-being as the aspiration of youth has given way to the reality of age.