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Jan 6 2013, 11:26 PM
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Jan 6 2013, 11:14 PM
I think that's the first day she filmed rather than aired.
16 days before airdate (taping 1/6 for air on 1/22)?? That doesn't seem to be possible either. I don't have much from the 1992/1993 era, but I'll try and find some sort of tape date for that time frame.
Well, it would have been right after a break, so they'd have probably been a little bit behind. Weren't they usually about three weeks out?

I've seen her first scenes (a long time ago) but they were really poor quality. A couple of them are on youtube, but there have been some missing for a while. They used to exist, lol.
But the other thing that supports my theory is the Maureen Russell cast list that she compiled in her great history of Days from 1995. In it, she states that she compiled the cast lists from the actual cast charts, and that the years listed would be based on TAPE dates, not airdates, and she has Ali listed as starting as Sami in 1992, which would be correct since her first tape date was probably the last week of taping in December 1992. I would always find those "incorrect" dates as I started each new year of research. For example, any guests who appeared in early January episodes, say of 1973, 1974, 1975...in her book, it states that their appearances were a year earlier (1972, 1973, 1974). But that's because she only worked off the tape dates, not the actual air dates.

Someone needs to check with Ali and ask when she TAPED her first episode!! One would think she would remember if it was before or after Christmas 1992.
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