Saturday, September 11, 2010


This of course is the 9th anniversary of what might be called the second greatest day in infamy in American History-- the first being the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. But back then, we were in a world of war and turmoil. It is scary to note that what the great Abraham Lincoln said could never happen to this country by force actually did happen. Lincoln had said that "if destruction be our lot, then we ourselves must be its authors and finishers" Well, apparently not, but while men's passions have certainly caused our beloved country some very anxious moments no act of infamy will ever equal the events of 9/11/ 2001. Not even Hitler, himself stood up in public and thanked Almighty God for an act of terrorism succeeding. That took some real chutzpah and moxie of the highest order. The pictures on the page reflect the original Towers and the planned new ones. The World Trade Center (WTC) was a complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan in New York City near Fulton Street ( I live on a Fulton Street) that were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The site is currently being rebuilt with six new skyscrapers and a memorial to the casualties of the attacks.
The original World Trade Center was designed by Minoru Yamasaki in the early 1960s using a tube-frame structural design for the twin 110-story towers. In gaining approval for the project, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey agreed to take over the Hudson & Manhattan Railroad which became the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH). Groundbreaking for the World Trade Center took place on August 5, 1966. The North Tower (1) was completed in December 1970 and the South Tower (2) was finished in July 1971. a thirty year life. The construction project involved excavating a large amount of material which was used in making Battery Park City on the west side of Lower Manhattan. The complex was located in the heart of New York City's downtown financial district and contained 13.4 million square feet (1.24 million m²) of office space. The Windows on the World restaurant was located on the 106th and 107th floors of 1 World Trade Center (the North Tower) while the Top of the World observation deck where i once stood and took pictures from in 1994 was located on the 107th floor of 2 World Trade Center (the South Tower). Other World Trade Center buildings included the Marriott World Trade Center; 4 World Trade Center 5 World Trade Center; 6 World Trade Center, which housed the United States Customs. All of these buildings were built between 1975 and 1981. The final building constructed was 7 World Trade Center, which was built in 1985. The World Trade Center experienced a fire on February 13, 1975 and a bombing on February 26, 1993. In 1998, the Port Authority decided to privatize the World Trade Center, leasing the buildings to a private company to manage, and awarded the lease to Silverstein Properties in July 2001.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two 767 jets into the complex, one into each tower, in a coordinated suicide attack. After burning for 56 minutes, the South Tower (2) collapsed, followed a half-hour later by the North Tower (1), with the attacks on the World Trade Center resulting in 2,752 deaths. 7 World Trade Center collapsed later in the day and the other buildings, although they did not collapse, had to be demolished because they were damaged beyond repair. Sad sad, sad. In other news, the musical "Edgar, Alan & Poe' with a new and much improved cast from before. All of those actors who made excuses and quit after taking their roles and committed to them have been put into a data base that warns producers about flaky performers. It simply warns others that these individuals broke their word. It's sort of a bad credit type database about actors. As the good people of Nordstrom's will tell you "You never get a second chance to make a good impression." It's amazing at how some of the stories that these performers told about being too poor to take a job which offered 5% of the gross and then revealed that they had the money to buy cars (and got swindled doing that) and taking on entire new apartments (with all of the money that
requires in deposits and security fees) and then downright lying about their situations. I would never hire these actors again and with the database in place maybe others will not ether.

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