Filmmaker Ken Burns revealed that part of what prompted him to make his World War II documentary
"The War" was the realization that 1000 of its veterans were dying every day. "And every time someone
dies, all those associations and all those memories, whatever was repressed, whatever secrets—gone.
This [was] our last chance [to record their experiences]."
Source: Newsweek magazine, September 24, 2007
Ken Burns would have to find another reason to make that film in the Age of Phrenicea!