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1. Where were you when you heard about the attacks on the pentagon and WTC?
I was driving to work, listening to Howard Stern. Mid-conversation, he said he just heard that a plane hit one of the WTC towers. But he said it in the same voice he usually talks on the show with, so I wasn't sure if it was some sick joke or what. As they kept talking about it, it became obvious that it was real. He was still at the microphone but he was talking about people in the studio seeing smoke and flames coming from the tower. But I think at this point I still assumed it was a little private plane that would just damage an office or two. Or maybe it was Howard who first communicated to me that it WASN'T just a small plane like he had thought. I forget...

2. What country/group did you suspect immediately?
Nobody. "Immediately," all I knew was that a plane hit a tower. I didn't know it was an American Airlines jet, or any of the other details that would indicate it was any sort of deliberate act. It seemed like an accident up until I heard that the second plane hit.

3. Who were you with? How did you react?
Once I got to work, I was among coworkers who were all gathered around radios and few were talking on phones, and the rest were yammering about this and that, speculating quite immaturely about what was happening, since we didn't have a TV and were just listening to radio news. Eventually we did get a TV in the break room though. When we finally heard about the second plane hitting, I think we figured it must be an attack. Then later I heard someone in a cubicle shout that "they hit the Pentagon!" I didn't believe that at first. But sure enough, it showed up on the news, and then it sank in that maybe I should be a little more fearful about what's going on.

4. Who did you call first?
Call? I didn't have an instinct to call anyone. I suppose I might've if I knew any family or friends who lived in or had any reason to be visiting NYC. But being that I didn't, I guess I figured I should keep the lines free for other people who DO need to make important calls.

However, one time when I lived in an apartment on campus and a nasty storm front came through, making the wind howl and blowing the front door open and soaking the floor in a few seconds, I was so scared I might get caught in a tornado that I called my mom. So maybe that sort of answers the question - who I would call in such a situation, if I had reason to. And in the case of the storm, I probably only had reason to call because I didn't trust the old apartment structure to withstand much more than it was taking at the time. :)

5. What did you do the rest of the day?
Worked and kept checking news web sites. None of the streaming video links would work, but opalcat pointed her webcam at her TV and I viewed that to at least see the images they were broadcasting live since we didn't have a TV initially.

6. Did you have any friends or family killed in the attacks?
No.

7. Do you think 9-11 should be a holiday?
I think it will be remembered anyway. Turning it into a holiday is like forcing people to remember it, which is sort of an insult, to suggest we wouldn't remember if the calendar didn't tell us to.

Did Japan make holidays out of the atom bombings?

8. Do you think even a % of the money donated really made it to the families?
Surely some of it did.

9. Did you feel an increased sense of patriotism? Did it last?
The next day as I drove along the interstate to work, I passed a large convoy of military vehicles that I could only guess were heading towards NYC. Seeing how the country reacts filled me with a bit of patriotism I think. In general I've seen a huge increase in the number of flags displayed everywhere, but is that really an increase in patriotism? I'm not sure. Every little thing counts. But I'm tempted to think you need to do something more than just wave the colors to be patriotic, although I'm not sure what.

10. Have you flown since the attacks? How soon did you fly again?
I'd never flown before the attacks (except as a baby). I had my first flying experience this year on my trip to Boise. I got searched once but other than that I saw no impact from the attacks. I didn't see any of these guards in uniform that people speak of. To answer the question, I don't have any aversion to flying, before or after the attacks.

11. Have you been to Ground Zero?
Neither before nor after.

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I checked my e-mail to find out that my grandma in NJ, who recently broke her hip at the time, had a blood clot and was rushed to the ER. i was so upset to hear about that, then i walk out into the living room of my rit apt, and my roomie Brent busts out of his bedroom saying to turn on the TV, a plane just flew intop the WTC. I was so shocked when i saw the TV, but i had to pull myself away to shower before i went to work in the music room. i came out of the shower, only to find out another plane flew into the WTC, and the pentagon was hit. i knew then, this was no accedent, and i was terrified to where they would strike next. when i left my apt to go to work, brent said a big chunk of the WTC fell down. But i never thought they would caulapse....

I suspected the Middle East, we've had so much trouble with them in the past 10-20 years...

When i got to the Music room, Ryan jones was there along w/ Dr. Kruger. We had no TV or radio in there, but thankfully, ryan had his laptop and we sat, listening to the online radio, just glued to our spot. When they said the WTC fell down, i was just in shock. i could not even imagine it. I was so shocked, nervous, terrified, and depressed at the same time. i never felt so vunerable in my life. And my family was all split up at the time! I was in Rochester, Keith in Michigan at UofM, mom was in NJ w/ my grandma and grandpa, and grandma was looking bad at the time. And my father was in Taiwon on business! AHHHH! It was almost too much for me. I callasped sobbing into my roomie, Thuy, 's arms many times that day and the few following.

I 1st tried calling my mom in NJ, but the phonelines in NYC and NJ were all blocked up. SO, tearfully, i called my brother in Michigan. Mom finally got ahold of me at 11Pm that night. I didn't get ahold of my father for 3 days, however.

RIT was probably the only college in NY that did not cancel classes. Thankfully, my profs didn't want to have classes ether, so mine were canceled the rest of the day. I was scared all day long, and i called so many people that month, i had a $100 phone bill! all worth it,though... I was actually very depressed that whole month. it was werid, b/c everyone was so sad. People just thought i'd get through it. The only person who talked to me directly about it and got me out of the major depression was my Good old HS bud, Amanda. i will always be greatful for her. :>)

My mother's best friend, Chris, 's former judo student was Jeremy Glick, the one that helped bring down the PA flight.

I think 9-11 should have some sort of 'day of rememebrance' they have that for D-day, and Pearl Harbor.

I hope a % of money got to the people affected. it would not be very American if it was not.

I felt very supportive if the US, in a way i have never felt before. i still feel it.

the 1st time i flew since the attacks was this past june, 2002. Me and the family went to Florida. I did notice the extreme tight security, you had to show your ID to everyone, and they randomly pick people to go through their luggage carry-on.

I have been to the WTC back in 1991. the 1st and last time i was on top of the towers. i just remember it being very windy, and i clung to my daddy's hand the whole time. ( i was almost 11 years old) they were so tall, it strained my neck just looking up at it. I went to ground zero back in March 2002, on a Art dept field trip. most of the rubble and horror was all cleaned up, it really looked like a construction sight by then. you had to wait online on this ramp, with memorial signs and stuff everywhere. i signed a wall while i was there. on the other side of us was a graveyard and a church, all the fresh graves for the deceased victoms. quite erie...when we reached the top of the platform, we had 3 minutes to take pictures, and gaze in wonder and sorrow of what was once such a wondferous, amazing sight of what humans created. Sad...humans also destroyed it as well.

I will never forget, no matter how hard i may try to push out the horrific and tragic memories, they are burned into my mind for the rest of my life. It is a definate end to an innocence i once possesed.


1. Where were you when you heard about the attacks on the pentagon and WTC?

I was in the gowning room at work, on my way into the cleanroom when I heard of the first two planes. By the time I made it back to my office, the other two had gone down.

2. What country/group did you suspect immediately?

Iraq

3. Who were you with? How did you react?

I was with my coworkers...initially Ryan, the RTP engineer...then I heard it again from one of my operators. I reacted angrily...thinking that we would go to war and whip somebody's butt...which in a sense, we did...

4. Who did you call first?

I first tried (unsuccessfully) to call my brother, who works in DC...but he was about 10 miles from the Pentagon. It did take him almost 2 hours to get to his friend's apartment about a mile from work at the time.

5. What did you do the rest of the day?

I was at work...so I tried to get my work done while listening to the radio over the computer...since most of the internet, especially places like cnn.com were far too busy. I did manage to find some bandwidth on the server of a Canadian news network...and I got a lot of information from there. Then I went home at quitting time and watched CNN the rest of the night.

6. Did you have any friends or family killed in the attacks?

None that I know of.

7. Do you think 9-11 should be a holiday?

No. December 7th isn't a holiday.

8. Do you think even a % of the money donated really made it to the families?

I think it did...at least some of it, anyway.

9. Did you feel an increased sense of patriotism? Did it last?

There was a lot of patriotism...flags everywhere, candlelight vigils, hell....even Congress got together to sing "God Bless America" and more impressive yet, managed to agree on the words.

It didn't last, of course. Not even a year later, and a court rules that "One Nation Under God" is unconstitutional, baseball almost ends because of a "labor" strike by millionaires who work 162 days of the year and have a bare minimum salary of $200,000 a year to do it, the three big questions are taken out of the airport check-in, frivolous lawsuits are once again filed, and police in LA are villified for punching a criminal who grabbed one of the cops in an uncomfortable area. Didn't even last a year...

10. Have you flown since the attacks? How soon did you fly again?

Haven't flown since...but more for a lack of reason. I haven't needed to fly anywhere. I would have no problem flying again if the opportunity arose.

11. Have you been to Ground Zero?

First time I ever saw the towers was when they were in a pile in early October 2001. Shame, really...although not as moving, I'm sure they would have been more impressive if they were still standing.

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