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Remembering 9/11: Tom King

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:13 PM EDT
Tom King Breakdown Writer for "One Life to Live" on September 11, 20019/11 fell on a Tuesday, the day when normally we "One Life to Live" writers met to start planning the new week of outlines. Monday we met to get notes on the previous week, and Wednesday was the day when we finished laying out. By 2001, I was commuting to NYC from Connecticut, staying over Monday and Tuesday nights at the Harvard Club and taking the train back to Old Saybrook on Wednesday night. On Tuesday morning I had breakfast in the club and went up for a quick work-out in the gym, where the attendant in the reception area told me that a plane had just flown into one of the World Trade Center towers. I pictured a Piper Cub or the like smashing into a tiny portion of the building's facade and continued on my way.I...

Remembering 9/11: A Special SON Report

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:13 PM EDT
On September 11, 2001, the world witnessed the worst terrorist act in American history. It is a day none of us will ever forget. For the 10th Anniversary of 9/11, I asked those who were working within the soap opera industry if they would like to share their thoughts and memories about that horrific day. Here are the stories from former soap writers Tom Casiello, Tom King, and former soap writer/producer Lisa Connor.

Remembering 9/11: Lisa Connor

Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:13 PM EDT
Lisa Connor Supervising Producer for "All My Children" on September 11, 2001I was producing at “AMC” at the time. The morning was perfect. I remember walking down West End Avenue and thinking 'this is the most perfect day'. The sky was the most beautiful blue and the temperature perfect for New York in September. I was in my office with the ABC feed on when the first plane hit. I remember thinking it was a horrible accident when one of our PA's came in and said "that was no accident." I went up to the control room to start taping and was sitting there, talking with the Technical Director about the plane that went into the first tower when the second one hit. That's when everything went haywire. People refused to keep working -- they had loved ones down there and couldn't focus. My Executive Producer was away on a...

Remembering 9/11: Tom Casiello

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Sunday, September 11, 2011 12:13 PM EDT
Tom Casiello Breakdown Writer for "As The World Turns" on September 11, 2001Tuesday mornings at “As the World Turns” usually meant all the writers, producers, CBS network folks, and P&G executives gathering in a conference room to turn pages from the breakdowns written last week, and sit through hours of notes. It was usually a day of neuroses and worry for any writer as our words were picked apart.I remember being alone in my apartment that morning, standing in my bedroom getting dressed when the first plane hit. My roommate called from her office in Midtown, and we shared a far-more-nervous-than-either-of-us-wanted-to-admit chuckle about some moron who didn’t know how to fly before we hung up. Curiosity got the better of me, and I headed up the fire escape to the roof of my building. I live right over the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn, so the Towers were right there in...