Thirteen years ago (1997) this week, the world (okay, the United States only) was all agog over the birth of septuplets to a family that lived in Iowa, Kenny and Bobbi McCaugheys. There were TV stories, there were magazine profiles, and there were radio snippets all about this family.
So, why, 13 years later as this group of children become teenagers, is there almost no coverage of them? A Google query of “+McCaughey +septuplets” returns (as of 4:20PM EST) only three hits.
I believe this lack of coverage is due to inflation. Our appetite for large broods is no longer satisfied with seven which is why people are now fascinated by “Octomom” (8 kids), the Gosselins (8 kids), and the Duggars (19 kids).
…and call me crazy for this outlandish though, but…
…maybe the lack of current coverage of the McCaughey family is due to the fact that the parents want to give their children as “normal” a childhood as they can and so they choose not to parade them in front of the cameras and microphones like a gaggle of trained circus animals.
(and good for them !)