#421 | Sunday, December 9th 2001
I, for some reason, was at work early that day in Wellesley, Massachusetts. One of my old co-workers and I are both avid Howard Stern Show listeners and normally would talk about the show when we both got in. That morning he arrived and told me how an airplane had hit the WTC. I figured it was some kind of sick joke (Howard can get out of hand sometimes) then realized that he would not of made jokes about something like that. I then questioned my co-worker....Was it a little plane? How long ago did it happen? How could a little plane hit such a big object?

Later, I heard from another co-worker that another plane had hit the WTC. "I know" I said, I heard. "No" they said, it's a second one.

I then tried to get onto cnn.com. It was jammed and was not able to handle the requests. I then turned on Howard on my "walkman" radio. They were talking about 2 airplanes!! There was no way this was an accident. After about 20 mins of not being able to get enough info through the internet or the radio, I went to see about getting some info from the TV.

Unfortunately the TV was only for watching videos (not that it ever was), no cable hook-up. Being a native New York, now living in MA, I needed to see what was happening. I actually took the coax cable that ran from the tv to the VCR, cut the end of, stripped away the layers of plastic and eventually hooked it to a metal hanger from someones dry-cleaning! Finally we could see the pictures.

People on TV were screaming about the first tower falling and kept showing pictures of people jumping out of the building. I was absolutely horrified, but unable to turn away. I spent the next 3 hours of work fixed on the TV. After noon, our boss let us out. Good thing since most of us were not getting any work done anyway. I believe I spent the next 8 hours watching nothing but CNN till I couldn't stay awake anymore.

I have since found out of 5 people who I have a direct relationship with that worked in the towers who all were ok...either they woke up late or missed their train or switched jobs a few months ago.

Definately one of the most horrifying days of my life. I hope we will never have to go through this again.

Todd M. Rubel | 26 | Massachusetts

#275 | Thursday, November 22nd 2001
I slept through my math class, as always, and rolled out of bed for my 10 am programming class. I stop by my computer to check my email and say hi to whoever is around on AIM. Lane (designed of this site) sent me a frantic message about America under attack. Planes flying into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center. I had to rush to class and I just sat and waited, wondering what was going on. Pe Nobody had much of a clue, other than some sort of terrorist attack had taken place. There was a hijacking of some planes out of Boston, the city I am in. Buildings in the city were being evacuated and people were being told to stay away from large structures. The Prudential is only a mile away. We hear the faint scream of fighter planes and we can see helicopters by the Prudential. That's the only air traffic; Nothing is coming out of Logan.

I ran back to my dorm room and walked into one of my suitemate's room and told him to turn on the TV. We sat in silence for a few minutes before I broke the quiet. "Oh shit." Then silence.


Dillon | 19 | Massachusetts

#230 | Friday, November 2nd 2001
I was in school when it happened. I'm in junior high school, so it seemed to be a regular day of homework and tests. I had a test that period when my teacher came in to tell us the news. She had just heard it from another teacher during our "recess" period and told us right away that we had been attacked. And most of all, I'll never forget the class before - a history class where my teacher said, just before the bell rang, we were a small world -- saying this just minutes before everything changed.
Jane | 14 | Massachusetts

#202 | Saturday, October 13th 2001
September 11th, 2001 was my eighteenth birthday. I had an 8:30 class, and got out at 11 am, ready to celebrate for the rest of the day. I was standing in front of the elevators to my dorm, waiting to go to my room. The girl next to me was talking to her friend about airplane crashes, and the Twin Towers, and at first I thought she was talking about a movie. When we got into the elevator, and she kept talking about it, I realized that it wasn't a movie. I got up to my floor, and things were crazy. A bunch of people from New York live on my floor, so they were scared for their family and friends, and while I have no family and friends in the area, it scared me so much, and I sympathized with them. For the rest of the day, we were all glued to the few television screens there were in the dorm, and our computers, where we could at least get some information.
Theresa Toscano | 18 | Massachusetts

#185 | Thursday, October 4th 2001
On September 11th 2001, I began my day as usual, I woke up, watched the news and part of the Today show and went to school. Towards the middle of second period where I was at a study at the Revere High School, Revere, Ma, sophomore, an announcement was made over the P.A. system stating that a plane had crashed into the world trade center in New York. They said that the building was on fire. From the tone of my principal's voice, everyone could tell that this was not good. They said that there would be tv's set up in the Cafateria and Library. Since my class was within feet of the Cafateria I decided to go and see what was on the news. I couldn't have been in there more than two minutes when from the left hand side of the television, came a plane, out the right side came a ball of fire. The entire room went silent. A room that had about 50 people at the time was completely silent. Then almost at once everyone realized what had happened and gasped for no one could believe it. For the rest of the day i did not leave that room. I stayed by the tv, because everytime i thought of leaving something happened, the pentagon was hit, the building collapsed. It was a very sick feeling in my stomach. Then they had made a comment that they did not know if this was the end, then they announced all building evacuations in Boston. I knew my parents were both home from work, but i was still worried. It took me until about 11:45 to get in touch with my mother. her and my father were ok at home watching on tv. then they had said that there were planes still un accounted for and that anyplace could be a target. The whole school was focused on this event. classes were so mellow that if you didn't show up you were excused because you were watching the news. i am 15 years old, and have never seen anything so disturbing in my life. I felt scared, and sad. I felt for the victims and their families. this event was so big in my life, that I will always know where i was, September eleventh, two thousand one.
Al B. | 15 | Massachusetts

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