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letterS tHe MAGAzine OF tHe WriterS GuilD OF AMeriCA, WeSt WrittenBy THE MAGAZINE OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST www.wr i t t e n b y .c o m tHe MAGAzine OF tHe WriterS GuilD OF AMeriCA, WeSt WrittenBy THE MAGAZINE OF THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA, WEST www.wr i t t e n b y .c o m 9.11.11 9.11.11 Ayub Khan-Din Christopher Knopf Denis Leary Robin Schiff Aaron Sorkin Peter Tolan Lawrence Wright Plus, Mentoring Military Veterans Oops! 10 Years After Mark Boal’s hunt for Osama bin Laden I hate to contradict F.X. Feeney in his article “9/11 Plus Ten” [September/Oc-tober 2011], but H.G. Wells imagined in his novel that aliens landed in a small English village. It was Orson Welles in his famous WOWradio broadcast who tossed a dart at a map of New Jersey, which landed on Grover’s Mill for the alien invasion. I’ve been there (I’m a native of New Jersey), and it’s a tiny crossroads town with the mill (now not in operation), a general and grain store—and a very alien looking water tower that has apparently always been there. During the radio broadcast, apparently some of the locals took their water tower for an alien craft—and scared the bejeepers out of themselves. In any event, H.G. set it all in England, but it took Welles to set War of the Worlds in New Jersey, where it has been set ever since. D.C. Fontana Burden of Proof I appreciate the September/October issue and the wonderful pa-triotism exhibited concerning how stories were told about 9/11 and what happened to us. I am, however, saddened and dismayed, and I hope I don’t get blacklisted, shunned, or mocked for not be-ing able to accept the status quo of what happened that horrible day in September 2001. I am afraid there are more questions than answers for us Americans 10 years later. As writers and creators it is our duty, well maybe that is too Capra-like; nevertheless, it is certainly our Patriotic right to question what happened and to not blindly accept what we were told by a government that lied about WMDs, that is lying today about the guilt of Libya’s sup-posed dictator, that has lied to the first responders of 9-11 who still suffer, and that is currently excluding all firemen, policemen and other heroes from attending the upcoming 9-11 Ground Zero event. Why? To silence protest? To silence our heroes so that false idols may gloat about a past somebody wrote for them? This is an absolute outrage and travesty and shows how low our leaders have gone, and how passive we citizens have become. (Who needs to have proof about Bin Laden’s death? We are all too busy wondering what will become of iPhone 6 once Mr. Jobs is gone and how to sync Lion with Final Draft.) Even the 9-11 Commission, behind the honorable Lee Hamilton, who told me personally that he had doubts, has more questions than Written By apparently reveals in this issue. Is it too harsh to say there is censorship in Hollywood of a kind not seen in some time? Is it too silly to wonder why no major film or documentary has been made or approved of by the mainstream media showing alternative viewpoints? To accept per-sonally that this bogeyman Bin Laden was behind all of our terror-ist woes is one thing, but to control and contain, and maybe even inhibit the telling of stories of another kind, from another point of view, well, this is dark indeed and does not bode well for the future of our cherished motion picture storytelling industry. Tony Kellam 2 • WG AW Written B y NO VEMBER/DECEMBER 20 11 W ritten By © © WGAWOFFiCerS President Chris Keyser Vice President Howard A. Rodman Secretary-treasurer Carl Gottlieb WGAWBOArD OF DireCtOrS Alfredo Barrios Jr., John Brancato, Linda Burstyn, Ian Deitchman, Carleton Eastlake, Katherine Fugate, David A. Goodman, David S. Goyer, Mark Gunn, Kathy Kiernan, Aaron Mendelsohn, Billy Ray, Thania St. John, Robin Schiff, David Shore, Dan Wilcox exeCutiVe DireCtOr David Young GenerAl COunSel Tony Segall WGAWPHOne inFOrMAtiOn The Guild (All Departments) 323.951.4000 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 WritersCare info. 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 Written By welcomes your comments. Send letters to: 7000 W. Third St., L.A., CA 90048 Or E-mail us at writtenby@wga.org FAx 323.782.4800 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2011

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Oops!

I hate to contradict F.X. Feeney in his article “9/11 Plus Ten” [September/October 2011], but H.G. Wells imagined in his novel that aliens landed in a small English village. It was Orson Welles in his famous WOW radio broadcast who tossed a dart at a map of New Jersey, which landed on Grover’s Mill for the alien invasion. I’ve been there (I’m a native of New Jersey), and it’s a tiny crossroads town with the mill (now not in operation), a general and grain store—and a very alien looking water tower that has apparently always been there. During the radio broadcast, apparently some of the locals took their water tower for an alien craft—and scared the bejeepers out of themselves. In any event, H.G. set it all in England, but it took Welles to set War of the Worlds in New Jersey, where it has been set ever since.

D. C. Fontana

Burden of Proof

I appreciate the September/October issue and the wonderful patriotism exhibited concerning how stories were told about 9/11 and what happened to us. I am, however, saddened and dismayed, and I hope I don’t get blacklisted, shunned, or mocked for not being able to accept the status quo of what happened that horrible day in September 2001. I am afraid there are more questions than answers for us Americans 10 years later. As writers and creators it is our duty, well maybe that is too Capra-like; nevertheless, it is certainly our Patriotic right to question what happened and to not blindly accept what we were told by a government that lied about WMDs, that is lying today about the guilt of Libya’s supposed dictator, that has lied to the first responders of 9-11 who still suffer, and that is currently excluding all firemen, policemen and other heroes from attending the upcoming 9-11 Ground Zero event. Why? To silence protest? To silence our heroes so that false idols may gloat about a past somebody wrote for them? This is an absolute outrage and travesty and shows how low our leaders have gone, and how passive we citizens have become. (Who needs to have proof about Bin Laden’s death? We are all too busy wondering what will become of iPhone 6 once Mr. Jobs is gone and how to sync Lion with Final Draft.) Even the 9-11 Commission, behind the honorable Lee Hamilton, who told me personally that he had doubts, has more questions than Written By apparently reveals in this issue. Is it too harsh to say there is censorship in Hollywood of a kind not seen in some time? Is it too silly to wonder why no major film or documentary has been made or approved of by the mainstream media showing alternative viewpoints? To accept personally that this bogeyman Bin Laden was behind all of our terrorist woes is one thing, but to control and contain, and maybe even inhibit the telling of stories of another kind, from another point of view, well, this is dark indeed and does not bode well for the future of our cherished motion picture storytelling industry.

Tony Kellam

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