#1412 | Saturday, June 22nd, 2002
I was at work, listening to the radio. I am a big channel-flipper and flipped past Q-101, where Mancow's Morning Madhouse was being broadcast and I heard Mancow shouting "OH MY GOD!" at the top of his lungs and something about the World Trade Center. Normally, I don't think much about what Mancow says, but this sounded important, so I figured I'd check the Web and find out soon enough. I logged on to CNN's Website and there was a tiny picture of the tower with a hole in it and a short news blurb. I ran to the Supervisor's office next door and shouted to him to check the website, then I ran into the breakroom and shouted the news to everyone in there and then went back to my desk and called HR and shouted the news out to them as well. Eventually, one of the Supervisors popped into the breakroom next door and got the TV working and we saw the footage of the second plane as it happened. I think we all sat glued to the screen for more than an hour and thanked our lucky stars we didn't work downtown.
Anon Y. Mous | 26 | Illinois

#1413 | Saturday, June 22nd, 2002
Like many others I was at work at the time. I remember hearing a breaking news flash on the radio about a plane hitting the World Trade Center and I, along with other employees, ran downstairs to a lounge to watch the news on TV. I will never forget how difficult it was to finish working that day. All of my thoughts were on what was happening as I continued to listen to the events unfold. I have never felt so helpless and confused at the same time before. It all seemed like a bad dream and the following days went by in a blur. The question that went through my mind over and over again was how could anyone do this to innocent people. To this day, I pray that those responsible will be brought to justice and that those still missing will be accounted for so that their families may find closure. My prayers also go out to the families, relatives and friends of those lost on 9/11. May God Almighty give you peace and strength.
Joe | 52 | Ohio

#1414 | Saturday, June 22nd, 2002
i was organising my father in laws funeral, who had died on september 9th 2001 and who we buried on september 12th...not a very good week..
jo | 31 | Australia

#1415 | Sunday, June 23rd, 2002
It was about 2pm and I was sitting at my desk at work in a silent office when a friend logged into his IRC software and started sending me messages along the lines of "OH MY GOD SOMEONES CRASHED PLANES INTO THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TOWERS." At first I failed to realize exactly what this entailed, not really knowing where he was talking about. Before I could type my reply another message came through from him “I DON’T BELIEVE IT, THIS IS INCREADABLE ARE YOU WATCHING IT?” By now it was clear this wasn’t a joke and was serious, he sent me a link to a news site with streaming video and I clicked on it. The office was still silent (5 people) and I realty had little comprehension just how serious the event was so I sat there waiting for my video software to stream the data. Our connection to the internet was quite poor, my computer wasn’t setup properly to stream and I quickly became impatient and curious. I turned in my seat to my manager and told him what I had been told in a puzzled tone. He looked back at me in exactly the same way I stared at my screen when I had received the first message. He attempted to connect to the same Web site and had more success with his machine “Got it!” he said, then “Oh my god…” I quickly got up and walked to his screen to be greeted with the fuzzy outline of the Twin Towers with the plumes of smoke pouring from them, our immediate reaction was “Cool!” as we struggled to comprehend just how tragic the event unfolding really was. We began to send messages via our mobile phones to friends telling them to get to a TV. By then other people in the office took an interest, one colleague wandered over to see and said “Oh dear, this has been a long time coming for the Americans.” During the next 5 minutes the news started to relay around the building and my mobile phone started to flood with messages, one of my friends was at work and unable to get onto the Internet or a TV. Reports were coming in of the Pentagon attack. The shots of the towers became more and more graphic as it flicked between earlier shots of the one tower on fire and people in windows, then people started leaping from the tower and the reality of what was happening really hit us. One of my friends rang me and my manager rang someone, we were staring at the screen shouting info between ourselves and our mobile phones when the first tower collapsed, “One of towers has collapsed, did another plane hit it?” People ran across the office to see what we were shouting about and muttered other information they had been told about who had done it and where else had been attacked. After the second tower collapsed we ran to the conference room to get the TV (two people were in there having a meeting via the phone with some Americans with no idea what was happening.) We carried the TV down to the office and put it on. The real concern at this point was less with what had happened and more to do with what could happen. The TV reports were talking of a missing plane, then a report of a crash somewhere in Pennsylvania while going back to the earlier scenes, it was a short while before some footage of the second plane hitting was shown which really shocked us all. We were all very flippant at first like it was a movie but the reality of it left a sickening feeling as things calmed down.
MWF | 22 | United Kingdom

#1416 | Sunday, June 23rd, 2002
The morning of September 11, 2001 I was driving to the metro station. I was listening to Howard Stern and I could hear him describing what he was seeing on TV. I had no clue what he was talking about. I thought it was some sort of movie he was describing or just some sort of joke. I had no idea that something like that would ever be done.
Joseph Merfalen | 29 | California

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