A&E Special Has Sept. 11 Focus


President George W. Bush, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, U.S. Defense
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Osama bin Laden are among the candidates to be
named A&E Network's Biography of the Year winner next Monday

The cable network will debut the two-hour special Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.
Biography anchor Harry Smith hosts.
This year's special begins with a
review of the most important stories and events from 2001, followed by the
countdown from No. 10 to No. 1 of the 'Biography of the Year.'

However, in a departure from past specials, which encompassed contenders from
throughout the year, the people profiled in this countdown are tied in various
ways to the events that have overtaken the nation and the world since Sept

The list in alphabetical order: British Prime Minister Tony Blair; Bush; U.S.
Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Colin Powell; civilian heroes;
Giuliani; bin Laden; Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf; U.S. national security
advisor Condoleezza Rice; Rumsfeld; and the uniformed heroes (New York Police
Department, New York Fire Department, U.S. military).

Previous Biography of the Year winners were O.J. Simpson (1995), Bill
Gates (1996), Princess Diana (1997), Bill Clinton (1998), Alan Greenspan (1999)
and Francis Collins and Craig Venter (2000).