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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast



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I promised to share some of your stories from 9/11.

I know it's removed from the emotion of the anniversary, but I wanted to get a good collection from our readers, so here are a few excerpts. I thank everyone for sharing their personal thoughts. The answers to the question, "Where were you then," is always fascinating to me. Judging by the response I got to my earlier blog, it's fascinating to a good number of you as well.

Sara is a St. Norbert grad, as I am, and knew some of the same folks I did, including the Andrea Haberman, who was killed in the attack:

I was in NYC working 2 blocks away from ground zero on the 2nd anniversary of 9/11 and heard horrific stories from coworkers about that day.  Worst of all, throughout the day we could hear the bells tolling at ground zero in honor of those that lost their lives.  It was a sobering reminder of what had happened.  I was living in Madison in 2001, far removed from the attacks and happy to know that I hadn't lost anyone close to me.  When I heard of Andrea's death, it brought the tragedy that much closer to home.  Although we have moved on, we still remember and I think that is the most important thing.

Todd wrote about learning of the attacks while listening to Bob and Brian. It was during the Steve Czaban sports segment, which listeners know is usually a raucous break-down of all things hilarious... sports or otherwise. Todd really describes the quick turn so many of us probably did that day when it really hit that something horrible was happening: you know they have a TV on in the studio and they mentioned that the WTC was on fire, and not much else until they witnessed the second plane hitting the second tower, and then the subject turned from the first regular season NFL games to the subject at hand.  I remember the office became a buzz and we were glued to various new radio programs and internet sites all day long.  We were also worried about some colleagues in Chicago for a trade show, and we had some out-of-town business visitors touring our facility that were due to fly out that afternoon. 

Stephanie in Racine was a senior in college:

When the professor arrived, she looked like she had seen a ghost. She brought in a radio (our room was not equipped with a tv). Her sister and brother-in-law worked in the area, and she couldn't get a hold of them. After the towers fell, she left the room.

We stuck around listening to the radio until the end of class. In our next class, our professor just had on the coverage (since none of us had seen the actual collapse of the towers). We sat in disbelief.

LaNay writes about being at work when she found out:

I was at work that morning - being trained on a new procedure - and a co-worker was listening to the radio on her headphones.  She interrupted my boss and me to tell us about a plane hitting one of the World Trade Center towers.  She interrupted us again a few seconds later and our boss sort of scolded her for the interruption.  We weren't fully aware of what had happened and couldn't ever have imagined anything so horrible.

Finally, here's an old friend of mine, Brent, for whom 9/11 was always an important day:

You probably didn't know... but my birthday is 9/11.... I still have a hard time "celebrating," suppose at some point I should get over it... ironically, on that day, one of my former co-workers and I both share that birthday... needless to say the birthday treats provided comfort food all day long... we pretty much ate everything on the table that all day.

Again, thanks to all of you for sharing.



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