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FADe in tHe MAGAzine OF tHe WriterS GuilD OF AMeriCA, WeSt Ten Years aFTer, and it’s all too vivid. First came disbelief. How could their luck be so bad? Then hope. Maybe they missed the plane . Finally, grim confirmation: two-time Emmy winner David Angell, co-creator of Frasier, and his wife, Lynn Edwards An-gell, were on board American Airlines Flight 11—the first hijacked plane to crash into the World Trade Center. Gone. Soon joined by 2,982 additional victims. What could we at Written By do? The October issue was finished, designed to commemorate National Diver-sity Month. We tore it up. The cover became David Angell. In less than a week, the magazine contained numerous pieces on the Angells, vol-untarily written by Les Charles, Jeff Greenstein, Madelyn Pugh Davis, Dave Hackel, Colleen Dunn Bates, Allan Burns, Charlie Hauck, Joe Keenan, Christopher Lloyd. Our tribute to the Angells became Written By’s small gesture of solidarity with all the 9/11 victims. Where were you that day when everything changed? Mark Boal, a 28-year-old freelance journalist living on 23rd Street in Manhattan, breathed debris-thickened smoke until he “felt I could taste the dead in the back of my throat.” The next morning, Boal dis-covered, in a newspaper’s long list, the name of a high school buddy. His friend had become a firefighter and was on a rescue mission in the World Trade Center. Boal’s beat changed to war. After embed-ding with a bomb squad in Iraq, Boal scripted The Hurt Locker . New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright was in his hometown of Austin, eating breakfast with his Spanish club, when the news hit Texas. “There was this haunting feeling at the beginning of the at-tacks that this looks like a movie. And then I thought: It looks like my movie. ” Wright had lived in the Middle East. The Siege, released in 1998 [story by Wright, screenplay by Wright and Menno Meyjes & Ed-ward Zwick], depicts Islamic terrorist cells in New York City, linked by a leader modeled on Bin Laden. For the week after 9/11, The Siege became the nation’s number-one movie rental. But Wright wished his original title remained: Blowback . The fo-cus of his work became Islamic terrorism. He wrote and performed an autobiographical play, My Trip to Al-Qaeda, because he’d grown “fearful of what my country is becoming. I have a dark realization that we are following a script that is written by Osama bin Laden.” No wonder the CIA approached Wright for a screenplay to help in capturing Osama bin Laden, who boasted after 9/11 “the American people will terrorize themselves.” A decade later, Written By acknowledges the anniversary by looking at our past reactions to the tragedy and our current re-sponse to war, terrorism, and international conflict. It’s clear that the death of Bin Laden and the decline of al-Qaeda will not bring our country back to the cultural, political, and financial security that existed before 9/11. But what is the “New Normal”? How have we changed? — Richard Stayton, Editor 2 • WGA W Written By SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011 W ritten B y © © WGAW OFFiCerS President John Wells Vice President Tom Schulman Secretary-treasurer David N. Weiss WGAW BOArD OF DireCtOrS Linda Burstyn, Ian Deitchman, Carleton Eastlake, Katherine Fugate, David A. Goodman, Mark Gunn, Chip Johannessen, Chris Keyser, Kathy Kiernan, Aaron Mendelsohn, Billy Ray, Howard A. Rodman, Robin Schiff, Steven Schwartz, David Shore, Patric M. Verrone, Dan Wilcox exeCutiVe DireCtOr David Young GenerAl COunSel Tony Segall WGAW PHOne inFOrMAtiOn The Guild (All Departments) 323.951.4000 FAx 323.782.4800 WeBSite: WWW.WGA.OrG WGAW DePArtMentS Administration Agency Awards & elections Claims Contracts Credits Dues Diversity executive Offices Film Society Finance Human resources legal library Member Services Membership Organizing Public Affairs Publications registration residuals Signatories theater Operations Written By Pension & Health 323.951.4000 782.4520 782.4502 782.4569 782.4663 782.4501 782.4528 782.4531 782.4589 951.4000 782.4508 782.4637 782.4615 782.4521 782.4544 782.4747 782.4532 782.4511 782.4574 782.4699 782.4500 782.4700 782.4514 782.4525 782.4699 818.846.1015 800.227.7863 800.890-0288 WritersCare info. Written By welcomes your comments. Send letters to: 7000 W. Third St., L.A., CA 90048 Or E-mail us at writtenby@wga.org

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Ten Years after, and it’s all too vivid. First came disbelief. How could their luck be so bad? Then hope. Maybe they missed the plane. Finally, grim confirmation: twotime Emmy winner David Angell, co-creator of Frasier, and his wife, Lynn Edwards Angell, were on board American Airlines Flight 11—the first hijacked plane to crash into the World Trade Center<br /> <br /> Gone.<br /> <br /> Soon joined by 2,982 additional victims. <br /> <br /> What could we at Written By do? The October issue was finished, designed to commemorate National Diversity Month. We tore it up. The cover became David Angell. In less than a week, the magazine contained numerous pieces on the Angells, voluntarily written by Les Charles, Jeff Greenstein, Madelyn Pugh Davis, Dave Hackel, Colleen Dunn Bates, Allan Burns, Charlie Hauck, Joe Keenan, Christopher Lloyd.<br /> <br /> Our tribute to the Angells became Written By’s small gesture of solidarity with all the 9/11 victims.<br /> <br /> Where were you that day when everything changed?<br /> <br /> Mark Boal, a 28-year-old freelance journalist living on 23rd Street in Manhattan, breathed debris-thickened smoke until he “felt I could taste the dead in the back of my throat.” The next morning, Boal discovered, in a newspaper’s long list, the name of a high school buddy. His friend had become a firefighter and was on a rescue mission in the World Trade Center. Boal’s beat changed to war. After embedding with a bomb squad in Iraq, Boal scripted The Hurt Locker.<br /> <br /> New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Wright was in his hometown of Austin, eating breakfast with his Spanish club, when the news hit Texas. “There was this haunting feeling at the beginning of the attacks that this looks like a movie. And then I thought: It looks like my movie.”<br /> <br /> Wright had lived in the Middle East. The Siege, released in 1998 [story by Wright, screenplay by Wright and Menno Meyjes & Edward Zwick], depicts Islamic terrorist cells in New York City, linked by a leader modeled on Bin Laden. For the week after 9/11, The Siege became the nation’s number-one movie rental.<br /> <br /> But Wright wished his original title remained: Blowback. The focus of his work became Islamic terrorism. He wrote and performed an autobiographical play, My Trip to Al-Qaeda, because he’d grown “fearful of what my country is becoming. I have a dark realization that we are following a script that is written by Osama bin Laden.” No wonder the CIA approached Wright for a screenplay to help in capturing Osama bin Laden, who boasted after 9/11 “the American people will terrorize themselves.”<br /> <br /> A decade later, Written By acknowledges the anniversary by looking at our past reactions to the tragedy and our current response to war, terrorism, and international conflict. It’s clear that the death of Bin Laden and the decline of al-Qaeda will not bring our country back to the cultural, political, and financial security that existed before 9/11. But what is the “New Normal”? How have we changed?<br /> <br /> —Richard Stayton, Editor

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