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Old 12.09.2011, 23:53
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

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Bunch of people all over the world didn't know what WTC was. They had a vague idea, or knew trading was done somewhere there, but honestly, loads of people just thought NYC was a city of skyscrapers and that was that. Ton of people only found out that day on the news. I only knew what Sears Tower was for when I was actually climbing up those gazillions of storeys in their elevator.
Strange. I was not too much aware of "what the WTC was" but had seen the building myself in 1976, 82 and 88. To me it simply was a landmark and the highest building on earth which when I was around 20 had replaced the Empire State Building. I never cared about who worked in those two buildings.

On that day, everything was normal here until our Mr T... in later afternoon complained that there was no decent access to the internet any longer (we had just one internet access for three persons ! ) and that he could not do ..... . The man got a bit tiring and so I convinced him to get home and to do his things the next early morning. Out of curiosity (the other colleague had left two hours earlier) I started up the computer and learnt that "two sports airplanes had flown into the WTC". Then I had to leave to bring a wheelchair to a specialist, and enroute listened to various radio stations, and gradually realized that something horrible went on. I at destination in Adliswil delivered the stuff I had with me, and went over to a pub I knew, with the intention to do some phone-calls to the USA, but when getting in there saw that they had two TV-sets in operation and when I entered saw the first tower collapsing and a short while later the second one collapsing. I forgot about phone-calls to the USA and simply watched the news in shock. I then went over to Mum and she asked me due to my being so early "has anything happened" and I replied "sure something has happened but not to me to us .... in NY the two towers of the WTC have collapsed upon some sort of terrorist attack" and then we had the TV on for the evening.

We felt a bit badly about it but were happy in the knowledge that our relatives were in TX and LA and so most likely not in direct trouble.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

I was in Lyon visiting my parents . I was in a shop buying a tshirt from my football team. The news on the radio was on at the check out so I heard one of the towers had been hit. I remember rushing to my mum' s house we put the tv on. My mum bursted in to tears as she knew I had to fly back the next day to Beirut Lebanon where I was teaching. Have to say that flying back in the Middle East in such a contest was not really fun for me either!! I 'm keeping preciously the entrance ticket of the twin towers I got when I visited the WTC in 1991.
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Re: Where were you when you heard about the WTC?

i sat in my car driving from munich to berlin to see radiohead that night playing. i had my tape on, no radio when i received a call from my munich office saying nyc/wtc under attack. some minutes later another call that the towers fell. i had to pull over into a parking lot, got out of the car n watched the sky for the pershings starting to fly through. i really thought, the world is going to an end, nuclear blast. i later headed on to the venue...when i came there, many rumours spread out through the crowd of what has happened....2....7...3 planes...bin laden....afghanistan...etc. i thought, please thom come on stage to set a peaceful sign against it all, this mess. and later when radiohead was playing... someone was shouting to the band: thom, say something? he replied what to say at such a day...and what happened up to this point as many had no more news. the band then started off into airbag. when he sang "in the next world war, jack-knifed juggernault...i am born again...." i cried for the first time in maybe 20 years...

today looking back i still cant believe it. i have doubt about the information.
i have doubt about that terrorists take flying lessons in the US under the eye of the cia, fbi n stuff. i have doubt that one can capture 3 planes at one time without notice. i have doubt that the wtc can collapse plus the additional buildings. somehow i think the administration knew it and took advantage of it. i dunno if its the case, but it smells like a conspiracy... its a crazy idea, yes. but...there is some weird taste in it...that my rational thinking cant explain...
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