posted on Jun, 24 2006 @ 01:22 AM
I think that it would be interesting to have a thread, now that we're five years after the events of 9/11/2001, where people could post their
memories of the day. Knowing that we have a global community on this site, and that everyone, American or not, was affected in some way by the
events, I feel that it would be interesting to have a collection of memories from that day.
Regardless of what government story or conspiracy theory that you subscribe to regarding 9/11, I want to hear from everyone just how they percieved
the events as they happened, and in the hours following the collapses.
To start it off, I'm going to post my story here.
I was working as a freelance stagehand at the time, and 9/11/2001 was an early day for me. I was scheduled to be on a gig in Clarendon, VA (just a
few miles from the Pentagon), setting up for a fashion show. I woke up a little late that day, and never had a chance to watch any news before
leaving the house around 8:30 am. Being a Howard Stern fan, I always had my radio tuned to Stern's show in the mornings. This morning was no
exception. Stern was up to his usual wackiness for the first few minutes that I listened to him. When the first plane hit WTC1 at 8:46am, there was
still some joking going on in the Howard Stern broadcast before they realized what exactly had happened. At the time, it seemed like a sick joke
being perpetrated by the Stern show cast (which is very out of character for them to make jokes about something this horrific). At the time, I
didn't really think much of it, until Stern turned on CNN in his studio, and saw the first broadcast of the footage of the first plane hitting the
WTC. At that exact moment, Howard sounded more serious than I had EVER heard him, and I knew it wasn't a joke. Within seconds, the entire show cast
was handed wireless mics, and moved to the nearest office with windows, where they could observe the events. During this time there is much
speculation from the cast of the Howard Stern show as to what exactly happened. Most seem to think it was simply a horrible accident. This continued
until 9:03 am, when flight 175 crashed into WTC2, witnessed live and in person by Stern show cast, and immediately broadcast. Howard actually seemed
to be on the verge of tears as he mentioned the second plane hitting WTC2. At that point, everyone knew it was no accident, and that we were under
Upon hearing this, I immediately called my boss to make sure the gig was still happening. The plane had not yet hit the Pentagon. At that moment, I
was told that the gig had not yet been cancelled, and I'd be informed if that changed. So, with that in mind, I continued on into Baltimore, on a
route that avoided the toll, so I could pick up 95 south of the toll tunnel. Following all this, information was broadcast by the Stern show that
reports were coming in of two more hijacked planes (Flights 77 and 93), both apparently heading towards Washington DC - right where I was headed. By
the time that Flight 77 hit the Pentagon at 9:37am, I had just gotten onto 95, and was headed towards DC. At about the same time (9:39am), the crash
was reported on CNN and rebroadcast by Howard Stern. I am approaching the Route 100 interchange on 95 southbound. My cell phone rings a few minutes
later. It's my boss. The gig is officially cancelled. I turn around at the Route 100 interchange and head back home.
At this point, I just want to get home as fast as possible, and don't bother trying to avoid the toll tunnel on 95. Within 30 minutes, I'm
approaching my apartment. At this point, it's important to note that the apartment complex I lived in at the time was on Wilson Point, in the Middle
River area, just East of Baltimore City. More importantly, the major occupant of that peninsula is Martin Air National Guard Base and Airport (a
dual-use military and commercial airport facility). Most of the military aircraft there are Warthogs (which, let me tell you, rattle pictures off of
walls a half mile away when taking off at 6am). As I made the final approach onto the peninsula, through the access roads supporting the various
aircraft and aerospace facilities located next to the base, I was stopped by county police, backed up be National Guardsmen. I was informed at that
point that the entire peninsula was off limits due to a bomb threat at Martin. Even after arguing that my apartment was located on the peninsula (I
could actually see my bedroom window from where I was stopped), they insisted that I could not return home for my own safety. Not wanting to make a
scene, I quietly complied at that point, turned around, and called my father, who lives on the other side of the city. I informed him of the
situation with my apartment, and told him I was coming over. He gladly agreed for me to come over, especially knowing that I was safe - he knew I had
a gig near the Pentagon that day, but didn't know exactly where or what time the gig was scheduled for.
I had made it to my father's house about 11am or so (once again, taking the faster route through the 95 tunnel). During that time, I'm still
listening to the Howard Stern broadcast, and hearing that flight 93 has been hijacked, and is heading for DC. Speculation is also made that the
target for Flight 93 is the White House or Capitol Building, both of which are evacuated before 10am. I'm also hearing repeated reports of sounds of
a struggle aboard flight 93, but nothing is able to be confirmed. I find myself thinking that had it been stagehands aboard that flight, given the
generally resourceful and "never die" nature of stagehands, Flight 93 would already be safe on the ground, with the hijackers dead from their own
Also during the drive to my father's house, I heard about the first WTC collapse at 9:59am, moments after I turned around from the police/militart
blockade. While hearing that news, it was the moment that Howard Stern really seemed on the verge of tears, if not already crying, and Robin Quivers
was crying. I also heard of the Flight 93 crash in PA (it actually happened between 10:03 and 10:10am - there's still discrepancy on when exactly
the flight went down), and reported around 10:15am. Additionally, Howard Stern and other cast members make speculation that Flight 93 was actually
shot down, versus crashing on its own, based on the fractured and partial reports coming through on CNN.
At about 10:15am, I heard of the collapse at the Pentagon, and was horrified, knowing that my father had just been there the day before (he was a
major consultant on the renovation of that wedge), and that two friends of my roommate at the time worked there (one was killed in the crash/collapse
- the other, fortunately, was not scheduled to be in until later that day - he worked at one of the capfes in that wedge of the Pentagon - one that
had been designed by my father).
I also remember hearing that WTC2 had collapsed at 10:28am, and the emotions that were obvious from Howard Stern and his cast, not to mention the
emotions I felt myself, were obvious. Try driving through city traffic with tear-clouded eyes.
Anyway, I eventually arrived at my father's house, and was able to finally see rebroadcasts of the plane hits and subsequent collapses of the WTC
towers, and the collapse of the Pentagon. My father, step-mother, and I were all in tears while watching these events.
I spent the majority of the day at my father's house, talking about the events that day, and watching news footage. I do remember specifically
thinking that there was a lot more to these events, especially after watching WTC7 collapse, and all three of us noted that they looked like
I'll continue this post in a second post, as I'm running out of space to conclude my story.