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    Writers Guild on Strike East and West

    I'm very upset at the writers Guild for going on strike. I will miss some of my favorite TV shows - not to mention my daytime soap opera, All My Children. I watch this show every day at 1 p.m. I have been watching this show for about 20 years. Both my aides have watched this show with me for a long time. I know it's so ridiculous but I really love it.

    When I lived in Los Angeles I had (and still have) a friend named Deborah who I originally met in New York who had a part on this show. If you know anything about the show she played the Erica Kane’s half-sister, Silver Kane. I was very excited in meeting her many years ago. I met her at a bar on the upper West side of Manhattan with her then boyfriend. I can't remember why but she was in great need of a car. Having just moved from Cleveland I had a car and told her she could use it. She was very surprised but agreed to borrow it. She ultimately left the show but I kept on watching. I'm afraid with the writers’ strike All My Children and the rest of my nighttime television dramas won't be on for a long time.

    All I know is this: I am going to miss my shows very much. According to You Tube the writers’ strike in 1988 cost the industry $500 million. They are not estimating the cost at this point as they have no idea how long it will last.

    It all will depend on what the writers are ultimately going to hold out for. I am thinking the two sides won’t meet for a long time. Unfortunately this will mean watching re-runs for some time. The other alternative will mean I will need to go to the video store and stock up on movies I haven't seen yet. Herman doesn't care one way or the other about this as he is not such a big television watcher to begin with. He and I have very different tastes when it comes to television viewing. In fact, he would rather sit with a book rather than watch television at all. I certainly do enjoy a good book, and especially sitting in front of the woodstove. What's ironic is the fact that I love so much being outside in the sun as well as in the lake during the summer yet during the winter I'm very content wearing turtlenecks and long pants parked right in front of the woodstove with a good book.

    I will still go outside on sunny days even when it's cold, as I did today (Nov. 9) in 35 degree weather. Herman took me down the ramp to the beach as cars driving by sort of did double take seeing us go down to the beach. I even phoned my mother in Cleveland to tell her how nice the weather was in Caroga Lake. She told me that the weather there are was cloudy and cold. When I told her I was on the beach she was very surprised. I don't think she will be as affected by the writers strike as I am, because she gets lots more cable stations that I do. I will have to go cold turkey if my shows go into the re-runs. I’ve already gone cold turkey for awhile in fact, because my new favorite show, Big Shots was off the air for several weeks and came back Nov. 29, Thursdays at 10 p.m. on ABC. As of this writing, I don’t know its fate for next season, but I wish I was part of the decision-making team, because I definitely would keep this show on the air.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com