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Thanos  Sep 11, 2016 • 3:59:07am

Thanks for sharing your perspective, your memories and your feelings LH, I can’t fully imagine what it must be like to have lived through all of that but your wonderful photos and writing helps.

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CuriousLurker  Sep 11, 2016 • 11:20:41am

I don’t think people who never saw the twin towers in person can fully appreciate how incredibly tall they were. Below is a photo circa 1999-2000, taken from the foot of one of them (I can’t recall which one). My son was with me that day. We went inside with the intention of going all the way up to the top, but it was too crowded with tourists. As we left, I told him not to worry as we’d come come back another time. Little did I know… *sigh*

At the foot of one of the twin towers, looking up

Excuse the poor quality of the image, but it was taken with an old point & shoot film camera, then scanned years ago. I have the original & negative packed away somewhere, but I’m not gonna look for them now. I used to love that photo, but now when I look at it all I can think of is how far the people who jumped had to fall.

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CleverToad  Sep 11, 2016 • 3:13:21pm

re: #2 CuriousLurker

I don’t think people who never saw the twin towers in person can fully appreciate how incredibly tall they were. Below is a photo circa 1999-2000, taken from the foot of one of them (I can’t recall which one). My son was with me that day. We went inside with the intention of going all the way up to the top, but it was too crowded with tourists. As we left, I told him not to worry as we’d come come back another time. Little did I know… *sigh*

My family was in New York City in April 2001 for my niece’s music presentation in her senior year. Most of the clan went to the World Trade Center and saw the view from the tower. My husband and I went to the American Museum of Natural History instead. We’d never been to NYC, and he’s a major dinosaur buff who had wanted to see the Museum since he was a kid. Figured it would be years if not decades before we could make it back to the city again, but the towers would still be there, right?

Right…?

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Kafitrar  Sep 11, 2016 • 5:59:17pm

I was asleep when the first radio reports came in. Back then I slept with the radio tuned to WCBS, one of NYC’s all-news stations. The news of the second plane hitting the tower woke me up. I spent most of the rest of the day glued to CNN’s coverage. I found out later that the husband of one of my cousins had interviewed at a firm in the World Trade Center the day before. Years later I read in the alumni magazine, that one of my former housemates was in a breakfast meeting at Windows on the World. He didn’t make it out.

Here’s the view of the north tower from the south tower observation deck on November 2000.

This is me atop the south tower.

A couple months after 9/11, I was in Baltimore. On my way out of town, I stopped at Baltimore’s Penn Station to see their WTC Memorial.


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