It was a colleague who asked me if I had heard the news. What news? About some terrorist attack on the WTC, came the answer. I logged on to CNN.com and saw a small photo of smoke billowing out of one of the towers. The article that followed the photo was brief and sketchy – two planes had hit the WTC, and one had apparently hit the Pentagon.
I called my wife, who had just received a call from her mom (they lived near New York). They were okay, but no one knew how to react to what they had seen and heard.
In the office corridors the large plasma screens that usually displayed documentaries produced by the internal communications department were now showing CNN. Groups of people were watching in stunned silence. Soon the unthinkable happened – one tower came down. There were gasps from people around.
We soon went home (it was late afternoon) and spent the rest of the evening glued to the TV. Thinking about those events and their consequences was difficult – there was no precedent that could be used as a model to guide our thoughts – and we spent the day simply absorbing the unbelievable happenings.
What did you do on 11.9.2001?