On September 10th 2001...
... I flew from LAX to Boston on the first leg of an extended
business trip that was planned to include a
PDC partners meeting in
Boston, sightseeing in Brussels and then a client meeting in the
Netherlands. My flight was the last American Airlines 767 into Logan
Airport on the evening of the 10th. That plane was most likely the same one that crashed
into the World Trade Tower the next morning.
After my flight on the 10th, I happened to ride
with the flight crew on the hotel van and heard them talking about
their return flight to LAX the next morning. All of them died on
Flight 11 the next day. I recall one of the flight attendants in
First Class who had told us during the flight that she had recently
gotten engaged and was starting a new life. Years later, I still remember her
On the evening of the 10th, I had an incredible dinner with a
professional colleague and friend, Stewart, in Boston's North End.
In retrospect, it seems like a last evening of innocence.
After the attack, the hotel turned into a media circus.
I had to show my passport to the FBI to get through the lobby to my
room. By Thursday the 13th, Logan didn't show any signs of reopening, so I
rented a car and drove to Pittsburgh, visited with my parents and
flew home from there on Sunday.
I went to New York City in March 2002 and saw the site of the
Trade Towers and the sidewalks with missing persons pictures lining
the streets. The graphic in the upper left is built from one of the
pictures. I returned again in December
2004, and although the site has continued to change, it's impact
on me remains (two pictures below). I returned again several
times, most recently in 2016 to visit the new
World Trade Center, the 9/11 memorial and the 9/11 museum.
In earlier times, the World Trade Center offered
an unmatched view of New York City. The two pictures below show the
view and Mary Lou on the windy observation deck back in March of
1985, just after we returned from our first trip to England.
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