SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER...
By Bryce Zabel
Chairman, The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
It will never be the same.
September was always, for me, a melancholy kind of month
anyway. It always
signified the end of something good and the beginning of something
- namely, summer vacation traded for school.
The seasons actually change in this month, making the transition
Now, although it's just beyond awful to consider, our time
will be forever
marked by something which happened in another September and
feels even more
primal than the fall leaves. That day... Our hearts will always
this month, forever. We will never forget. Never.
As Bobby Kennedy said in 1966, "Like it or not, we live
in times of danger
and uncertainty." We didn't actually appreciate as a
nation what that truly
meant until thirty-five years later. That day...
Even for the Television Academy, Septembers won't be the
same. The red
carpet, once only a diversion, will now be a yardstick for
the spirit of
life going on, as reflected in our evening gowns and tuxedos.
The Emmys are
destined to closely follow the anniversary markings of "that
day" in future
Our Septembers have lost their innocence. Something good
has ended and
something less good has begun. But there is still hope. There
Take a moment now, and think about this, the full quote from
"Like it or not, we live in times of danger and uncertainty.
But they are
also more open to the creative energy of men than any other