When the Pentagon got hit, I panicked. We live in Western NY by a Nuclear Power Plant and close to Canada. I called my husband who was at Xerox and he was seeing things on Yahoo News. I was ready to get our stuff and go. Where? Who the hell knows.. I had this sudden urge to flee. I remembered our neighbor Mary was in lower Manhattan with her daughter. I ran over to her house, hoping she was home. Not to be. Later I found out she dropped Martha off at the downtown library and went on her way. She was there when the first plane hit. She just made it out of the Lincoln Tunnel before it was shut down.
Of course, the soaps were interrupted for some time after the event. GH was in the middle of "The Endgame" story and it had to be shelved because of the implications of 9/11. Big Brother Season 2 was also going strong and there was much discussion about cancelling it because the people inside needed to get out. The boards were filled with people looking for loved ones, people reaching out to others and just a mass of humanity posting at once. Numb. That's what I remember in the days after.
Soap Weekly 9/11/01
When the soaps resumed, people were cautious. For awhile all of TV was turned to the tragedy and nothing aired on any channel but news. This is also when "crawlers" appeared on the bottom of the screen as well. Even when you started watching again, there was a constant reminder scrolling along on the bottom of your picture.
I got an email from a woman that worked as an EMT in Delaware that went to NYC to work trauma units. She wrote to tell me that she and some of the patients started watching GH again and how much it helped them get 'back to normal'. People wrote lovely letters to Connie Towers at the time, expressing their feelings about the show. Soaps gave us something to tune into to take our minds off of things for a moment. Characters wore flag pins and there were flags all over the sets. Soaps got a tinier but kinder, gentler for a little while. (just a little while!)
I flew to France just 10 days after the event. When we were in Newark, we had to change planes. All of us still saw the smouldering Ground Zero. Police were everywhere. When we got to France, they had tributes to America at the Arc de Triomphe that took my breath away. I actually couldn't wait to get home and back to the net where I knew others were still talking about their feelings.
9/11 truly bound me together with the online community in a way I never dreamed of. I think we tend to forget just how raw it all was back then. For some, it's still as raw. Bless those that lost their lives and loved ones that day.
GH Notes: Scene of the Week: Lucky ditching his drugs in the bathroom.
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