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The following is a transcript of the thread that began over an hour after the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Where is Superman when we *really* need him?
Posted by g on 9/11/2001, 10:45 am

Twin Towers collapsed. Pentagon possibly targeted. White House and Capitol Building evacuated. Alaska: both the Army and Air Force bases are full alert.

What a mess.


Re: Where is Superman when we *really* need him?
Posted by Gremalkyn on 9/11/2001, 10:59 am

Eilonwy: You okay?

Radio: All Israeli diplomatic missions around the world are being evacuated. Arafat, Great Britain condemn act. Germany's National Assembly to convene (sp).

Cel phone commo snarled.

DQ: What is the story with the plane south of Pittspurgh?


Re: Where is Superman when we *really* need him?
Posted by Gremalkyn on 9/11/2001, 11:05 am

ABC Radio: All international flights bound for US diverted to Canada (sorry, Laura/Laurie). UN Building, Sears Tower, Space Needle evacuated.

Get this - the first add on the radio is for "Law & Order" teevee show.


Re: Where is Superman when we *really* need him?
Posted by past47 on 9/11/2001, 11:47 am

: DQ: What is the story with the plane south of Pittspurgh?

A flight from Newark to San Francisco with about 90 some people on it went down in a rural area about 80 miles SE of the city. A man on a cell phone called 911 and was picked up by an operator near Pgh. saying it was a hijack, but he didn't have time to reveal much more before the plane went down (according to local TV here).

This is just too terrible to talk about right now, sorry.


Re: Where is Superman when we *really* need him?
Posted by Death Quaker on 9/11/2001, 12:12 pm

: A flight from Newark to San Francisco with about 90 some people on it went down in a rural area about 80 miles SE of the city. A man on a cell phone called 911 and was picked up by an operator near Pgh. saying it was a hijack, but he didn't have time to reveal much more before the plane went down (according to local TV here).

I will add that they're not sure that the Pgh. crash is related to the other ones, but since several planes were hijacked, it's a decent possibility. The major high-tech places here in Pittsburgh have shut down for fear that's what they were aiming for in the worst case scenario.

Thanks for asking.


This whole thing is a mess. I'll hush now *nt*
Posted by Gremalkyn on 9/11/2001, 12:21 pm


Re: This whole thing is a mess. I'll hush now *nt*
Posted by past47 on 9/11/2001, 12:29 pm

No reproof intended there, Gre. It's just a matter of being stunned. It's actually been good during the last fifteen minutes or so to hear from some old familiar posters on different sites. Still waiting to hear from Eilonwy, but, understandably, it may take a while to hear from any NYC residents.


A co-worker just told me...
Posted by past47 on 9/11/2001, 1:04 pm

...that according to some friend-of-a-friend information that was ultimately supposed to come from someone who knew - the target of that plane was indeed to be the USX Tower in Pittsburgh. Of course, it's still rumor. But, it's chilling.


It's not surprising....
Posted by Scribbler on 9/11/2001, 3:21 pm

--Previous Message--
: ...that according to some friend-of-a-friend information that was ultimately supposed to come from someone who knew - the target of that plane was indeed to be the USX Tower in Pittsburgh. Of course, it's still rumor. But, it's chilling.

That the building might be targeted. Or that authorities are concerned about that possibility. Here in LA, one of the earliest local responses was that the Well Fargo building downtown was evacuated. I didn't register it that strongly at the time. But as time went on, it did register. It's the tallest building downtown and three of the planes hijacked were scheduled to go to LAX.

Very, very strange day.


You're right.
Posted by past47 on 9/11/2001, 3:37 pm

I don't know what I was thinking at first. I guess when I heard on the news that the Sears Tower in Chicago was one of the first buildings to be evacuated, I just assumed for some reason that that was the probable target. I guess my mind didn't want to accept the possibility that it could be something so much closer to home.

Of course, in the final analysis, close to home isn't really the most important thing is it? All those people....


Re: It's not surprising....
Posted by Laura on 9/11/2001, 6:27 pm

Toronto airport is getting a lot of redirected flights that were heading for the U.S. They shut down the CN Tower here, too... also one of the tallest buildings in the world. Even in T.O., most people were sent home from work and school. I was lucky to get out of Toronto early -- the commuting bus and train stations were jam-packed just after I left.

It is also comforting to see familiar posters here, too. You've all become my friends, and this is a time where you want to be close to family and friends.


I'm all right!
Posted by Eilonwy on 9/11/2001, 4:56 pm

Yes I'm okay. I'm at home now, 60 blocks above the disaster. I'm still in shock. Here's a quick run-down of how the day went:

9:30. Emerged from the subway at 14th street, a few blocks south of where I work. People were standing around at pointing at something, I couldn't see what. I walked towards the stop light and looked in the direction everyone was looking. It's hard to describe what I felt at that moment--the Twin Towers were on fire. I could see the flames (about mid-way up) and the smoke. It was utterly surreal. People around me were crying or talking on cell phones or just staring in shock. Chilled to the bone, I quickly walked to my workplace to find coworkers gathered on the sidewalk. Someone told me there had been a plane crash. Someone else said two planes. Someone else said terrorist attack. We didn't know yet if it was passenger planes or small planes. Down 5th avenue you could see the smoke and the burning towers.

Still in shock, went upstairs. Everyone was in such shock at work nobody had even thought to turn on the lights. We turned on a coworkers radio and then everyone started calling family and friends. My coworker's wife works near the Twin Towers but wasn't there because she had a doctor's appointment.

We gathered at the south end of the building to look out the windows. Someone suddenly shouted that a tower was coming down, and over the radio we heard a reporter start to scream. We ran to the window. I saw the tower collapse & started to cry, along with most of my coworkers. Left the windows to get organized to walk home. Several coworkers were ready to leave and no one wanted to go alone. Many live outside of Manhattan--my apartment is small but I brought a coworker home with me. She has since left and is trying to make her way to Connecticut.

We went outside--and only then did I discover that the second tower was gone. Just gone. Look down 5th. Nothing there. Smoke. Sky. Empty. The towers were gone.

Walked home, spent the rest of the day calling family, friends, doing panic grocery buying, watching the news.

The moment the tower collapsed was horrifying, but my mind goes back, again and again, to the first time I saw the towers on fire. It was like I had stepped into an alternate universe. It didn't seem real.

They've restored some public transportation in the city, and things seem to be calming down except downtown where rescue workers and nurses are waging a war. On the news the ash looks like snow.

September 11, 2001.

(Through the mental fog, it's penetrated my brain that Chuck Dixon is moving to CrossGen--somehow I have the feeling this is important but won't feel a thing until much later.)


Thank God!
Posted by Laura on 9/11/2001, 6:21 pm

After I got calmed down, I thought of you and wondered if you were okay. I felt relieved when my professor at school (who is in the publishing business and has friends in New York) told me that the "publishing district" is a distance away from the Towers.

I'm at home now. My father wants to let you know that my family and I are praying for you. And we are. May God protect and take care of you and your family.


Re: Thank God!
Posted by Eilonwy on 9/11/2001, 6:33 pm

--Previous Message--
: After I got calmed down, I thought of you and wondered if you were okay. I felt relieved when my professor at school (who is in the publishing business and has friends in New York) told me that the "publishing district" is a distance away from the Towers.

Pretty much. I work on 23rd st. A friend of mind works on the extreme lower West Side, at Penguin Putnam. I was a little scared about her, but have heard from her and she's at home on the upper west side and is okay. The rest are midtown for the most part.

Thank you for your thoughts. I'm fine, but I can't stop watching the news and thinking about the casualties and the rescue workers. I've decided to definintely get a cell phone, I was so scared today. There were lines at all pay phones. True, the cell phones didn't work real well today, but some were getting through and after this I'm going to be nervous and want the security.

On the news they said for New Yorkers this was a "loss of innocence," and I agree. It's exactly like that. You take certain things for granted. I have an idea how people felt about Pearl Harbor.


Glad to hear you're okay, Eilonwy (nt)
Posted by Death Quaker on 9/11/2001, 7:03 pm


What a relief! nt
Posted by past47 on 9/11/2001, 9:47 pm


That's kinda what I was wondering
Posted by Nick Soapdish on 9/11/2001, 7:38 pm , in reply to "Where is Superman when we *really* need him?"

--Previous Message--
: Twin Towers collapsed. Pentagon possibly targeted. White House and Capitol Building evacuated. Alaska: both the Army and Air Force bases are full alert.

: What a mess.

I'm having a lot of trouble getting a handle on this. It feels like a comicbook or something. At least being in denial allowed me to get some work done today. *grimace*


What a difference a day makes...
Posted by Jennifer on 9/11/2001, 9:14 pm

Yesterday the Dixon news seemed so important. The day before that, the JSA news seemed so important. Today, I couldn't care less about either.

I'm glad you're okay, Eilonwy.

Love to everyone,
Jennifer


What can you say?
Posted by The Dark Rider on 9/11/2001, 10:55 pm

For once I'm at a loss for words. I suppose one thing that is striking me at the moment is that we are an international community. Australia has't come to a standstill, but it's had a major effect on us.

Nowhere near the effect it'd have on you guys, but the sheer enormity of this tragedy seems to have affected everyone.

It's a sad day. America's been hit in the heartland, and it's left the world shaken. Looking at the last sentence, it seems a little melodramatic to me, but it's true.

I'm not even going to try to offer my condolences, as it seems woefully inadequate.

Stay safe, anyone in the area.


Re: Where is Superman when we *really* need him?
Posted by Lex Luthor on 9/12/2001, 10:56 am

We think of 'No Man's Land' as an entertaining story ... then the disaster in New York shows us that truth is stranger than fiction.

At least there's word some suspects have been identified already ... facts still sketchy. If you are in Boston area, you might have heard already.

Our condolences to those in New York City and Washington. And we can't forget those in the Pennsylvania crash.

The firefighters and cops (about 300) who were trapped in the Towers were the true superheroes yesterday ...

God Bless America,
Lex


Re: Where is Superman when we *really* need him?
Posted by Eilonwy on 9/12/2001, 6:58 pm

--Previous Message--
: We think of 'No Man's Land' as an entertaining story ... then the disaster in New York shows us that truth is stranger than fiction.

And I never wanted, or dreamed, my life would resemble even the smallest bit, the situation facing the characters in that story line.

Once the numbness wore off I began to grow angry (and sad). I understand Oracle's determination not to leave her city. However, were things that bad throughout, I don't think I'd be that brave.

: The firefighters and cops (about 300) who were trapped in the Towers were the true superheroes yesterday ...

Hear, hear! I was just about to post a new thread stating it. It has to be said often. Thanks for saying it. I'm watching the rescue workers on the news. They're amazing.

A few hours ago a horrible, acrid smell crept into my apartment (I live about 60 blocks above Ground Zero). A thin haze of the debris/dust cloud from downtown had come uptown as the wind shifted. It was nasty; any thicker than that it would be very hard to breathe. We closed all the windows and went outside to the east river seeking fresh air. After a while the wind shifted again and we're okay now, although they've issued air quality warnings. We have dust masks.

It gave me, for a moment, just a taste for what those rescue workers are facing. My thoughts are with them. My coworker's father is in the Coast Guard Reserves and is at this moment out in the harbor.


Venting
Posted by shrike on 9/12/2001, 4:22 pm

This is, quite simply, the most horrible thing I have ever witnessed.

I had just arrived at this meeting I was supposed to attend when someone there told me that on TV a missile or plane had just hit the WTC. I was led to the conference room area where there it was... the first plane had hit not more than 5 minutes ago. After a few minutes of watching, myself and the others in the room saw the second plane barrel into the second tower and burst into flame.

I was devastated. Everyone in the room just gasped.

My cousin works right across the street from the WTC, btw. All I could think of was if he was OK. Turns out he was, as I found out after what seemed to be a thousand cell phone calls, thank God.

My heart goes out to all of the people and families that this has affected.


Re: Where is Superman when we *really* need him?
Posted by Patrick on 9/13/2001, 11:36 am

Eilonwy,

I've just read your postings for the previous days. Are things getting a little bit better for you? Will you be participating in further rescue efforts?

I post from Kalamazoo, Michigan- well away from the disaster area. I have a younger brother living in Boston where the terrorists supposedly boarded the flight. I have been watching CNN and every other news broadcast that can be found. I'm sorry that I can only imagine the devastation that has taken place. I truly wish I could be of help to the unfortunate persons involved. I wonder about the big picture. Is this the start of another war? This seems like the prelude to a work of speculative fiction rather than reality. I just hope that yourself as well as other east coast contributers to this site come out of this both physically and emotionally intact. Hope to hear from you soon.

~~~

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