September 11: We remember

Newspapers from 9/12/2001

I remember it vividly.  It was a normal Tuesday morning, I was at my desk early, planning the day.  A colleague, still on her way in, called me to ask if I had heard that a plane had hit the World Trade Towers.  I hadn’t, and assumed an unqualified or impaired pilot had let his Cessna or Piper Cub get away from him.  I hoped it wasn’t too bad, and thought little more of it.

A short while later another colleague stood in my office doorway, looking rather confused, and asked if I had heard that a plane had hit the World Trade Towers.  Yes, of course, I had heard that a while ago, and was now getting annoyed at the fascination with this unfortunate pilot.

No he said, this is another one.

That was it: the moment of realization.  I froze.  There was no way two planes could coincidentally have the same accident in the same location at nearly the same time.  No, I knew this was bad, wrong, deliberate.  We ran to a conference room where a very old TV used for VHS-based training sat idle.  It’s ancient rabbit ear antennae where ineffective in the middle of all that concrete and steel, so we lifted and carried it to another room and placed it on a table against the window.  The screen came to life.

More people streamed in, and you know the reactions that followed.  One of us remarked, “the world will never be the same”.  And ten years later, it is not.  We grieve, we are vigilant, we prevail, we remember.

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All of these newspapers I saved from 9/12/01, with the obvious exception of one.  Nikon D90, Nikon 35mm prime lens, f/3.5, 1/60 sec, off-camera Nikon SB 600 flash on a tripod to the lower left.  PP in Corel Photo Pro using infrared film filter, frame.   Posted by Ed


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5 Responses to September 11: We remember

  1. Rodney says:

    Well put Ed! And what a great photo! This should be on display somewhere! Send it to a newspaper, magazine or something! And I love the fact you put the Death of Bin Laden in it… Very POWERFUL photo! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Donna McCommon says:

    A fantastic tribute, Ed. It was a day long embedded in my mind.

  3. I like your newspaper layout and picture as a tribute. I was on business in Phoenix. I remember…

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