When Cohen was a student at Boston University, he secured an interview with "All My Children" star Susan Lucci after receiving a classroom assignment to do a story on one of his idols. Cohen was also doing a paper on whether Pine Valley, the setting of "Children," was an accurate representation of society, so before the interview, he stood outside the studio where the show was filmed and waited for the actors so he could ask them what they thought. "'IS PINE VALLEY AN ACCURATE REFLECTION OF SOCIETY?!' I yell at every familiar face in a high-pitched panic," Cohen wrote. "They are all initially terrified and must take a moment to process what is happening: overly hyper kid with tape recorder and 'fro yelling stupid question... Their answers are gripping: 'Not really.' 'No.' 'Maybe.'"