Title: The Days of our Lives
Author: Ken Corday Executive Producer of Days of our Lives
ISBN: 978-1-4022-4222-9 Hardcover with dust jacket
Publisher: Days of our Lives Publications www.sourcebooks.com
While The Days of our Lives hit daytime soap serial might be pure fiction, the life of its Executive Producer, Ken Corday, is not and lends familiarity into real life situations, despite his infamous family. This shows that even the rich and famous are only human, too.
On the jacket, a very clear description of the book’s contents can be found: The True Story of one Family’s Dream and the Untold History of Days of our Lives. Ken Corday writes beautifully as he opens up to the world about his family, background and events leading up to the creation of one of America’s top daytime soaps, Days of our Lives.
Originally a dream of his father and mother, Ted and Betty Corday, the family moved from New York to Los Angeles, bringing their dream to life. Unfortunately, Ted Corday found out soon after production began that he was terminally ill. Cancer reared its evil head, not showing any favoritism among its countless victims. Upon learning the devastating news, Ted Corday enlisted the assistance of William (Bill) Bell to write for the show and keep it alive, and it was under Bell’s brilliant and imaginative mind that it became number one, bringing top ratings to NBC.
Betty Corday took the helm of control, running it as tightly as a mother runs a home full of children before becoming ill herself and turned it over to son, Ken Corday, in the late 70s. Interestingly enough, Ken Corday was, and still is, a musician and though he didn’t really want to be in charge of the show, took it over and has been running it ever since.
Tragedy did not strike only the characters plotted into the scenes unfolding on the screen, but in the Corday family as well. Ken Corday’s older brother Chris committed suicide, though he didn’t dwell on that particular subject in the book, he did specify that to this day, none of the characters in Days of our Lives has ever committed suicide, despite all the adversities they’ve encountered.
I found the book to be extremely interesting as it brought to life the many facets involved in producing a show of this nature and magnitude, keeping it alive for many, many years and how despite their own family’s misfortunes, the Cordays were able to stay close-knit, loving and caring amongst themselves and the crew and cast of the longtime running show. Also included were pictures of the Corday family, cast and award ceremonies, which added an extremely real touch to the story inside the cover. And I was very surprised to learn that Mr. Corday also composes the music played on the show. Bravo, Mr. Corday. Well done, indeed!
Reviewed by Cindy Bauer for Bookpleasures.com
Cindy Bauer is the well-seasoned author of the Memory Box Trilogy (Chasing Memories, Shades of Blue and Crystal Clear), an Inspirational Fiction series. She is an avid reader, a freelance writer and editor, and reviews books for Bookpleasures.com. She's also a volunteer partner with Books In Sync, a site dedicated to promoting authors and their books.
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