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Re: Where Were You on 911?

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Posted by Barb on Sunday, September 13th 2020:

In Reply to: Where Were You on 911? posted by Matty from Flatbush on Friday, September 11th 2020:

In the morning, I was having breakfast and, as usual, watching Fox network news on Channel 5 in NYC. This station had a reporter on some assignment in downtown Manhattan when he paused and said he was getting a live feed from the anchor (I think it was Ernie Anastos) to inform him that "something" hit one of the World Trade Center towers which he repeated to the viewers. Shortly thereafter, this reporter went closer to the tower. It was reported that, unbelievably, it was a plane. Skeptical, I dialed onto other channels, and, sure enough, it was true! Then the second tower was hit, and immediately, the speculation began that it was terrorism or a conspiracy.

I got a call from my sister in Florida who had heard about the "incident" in calls from her husband's relatives in Great Britain. I sent my sister an e-mail describing what was going on which she sent to those relatives. Eventually, this e-mail must have been forwarded to others in Europe. At that point (sometime before noon), I started receiving more e-mails, and my phone was ringing off the wall. I became an ad hoc "on the scene reporter" for all of these folks. I think many of them assumed that because I lived in NYC I was much nearer to what later became "Ground Zero" than I actually was, for many U.S. residents don't realized that Staten Island is one of the four outer boroughs. Furthermore, I live closer to New Jersey than Manhattan in this southern-most part of NYC and NYC. Down here we didn't experience first hand the sights, sounds, and smells of the catastrophe, but later we got the debris from the towers.

What a hectic and overwhelming day that was with all images running from the buildings with smoke-covered faces, the confusion, and stories from individuals. There wasn't even time to contemplate, much less make sense of the event and the consequent sorrow and absorb the endless tragedies. A reporter's young child made the comment the poignant comment that the city "looks like it's lost it's two front teeth."

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