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AES Convention Postponed(September 13, 2001)
from AES Executive Director, Roger
In view of the tragic events that took place yesterday there has been a lot of
speculation as to whether the AES 111th Convention would proceed next week, as
There were several factors to be taken into consideration and a necessity to have
discussions with other parties. For this reason we did not make a hasty statement.
We have just returned from the Javits Center where we had a meeting with their
top management. We learned that the New York City Mayor's Office of Emergency
Management and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have taken over
large portions of the Javits Center for use in coordinating emergency services.
We also learned that FEMA will have complete control of these spaces and any others
that they need, for an undetermined period. This obviously makes holding the event
as planned impossible. However, we were able to reschedule the convention, rather
than just cancel it. Most of the people who contacted us hoped that this would
be the solution.
The new dates will be Friday, November 30 to Monday, December 3, 2001, with the
same exhibit, demo and conference space as would have been used next week.
We at the Audio Engineering Society would like to thank those of you who took
the time and trouble to inquire about the safety of the staff here in the New
York Office and to wish us well and give us your support. This was much appreciated.
Lastly at this sad time, we would like to spare a thought for those who have had
their lives so much more severely disrupted than any of us. We were, and are,
very sensitive to their feelings. Let us hope that we can look forward to better
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