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9/11 GUEST APPEARANCE: Difficult to remember ... but necessary

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“Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory.

So many names, there is barely room on the walls of the heart.”

Billy Collins, American Poet Laureate, “The Names,” based on the events of September 11, 2001

It was the suggestion of a friend’s father that we take the train into the city to get the view from the Observation Deck of the new World Trade Center Complex. Everyone was talking about it, he said. We went. The view was more than just tremendous. But I remember pretending to be uncomfortable stepping off the elevator onto the 107th floor and was secretly very relieved to be back on the street below. I was uncomfortable every moment we were there.

A few years later, I returned to 2 World Trade Center as an agency temp to work at Morgan Stanley, which occupied more than 20 floors of the South Tower. I was on the 70th-something floor. Twenty years later, hijacked UA Flight 175 would crash into floors 77 through 85, right........

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