A Behind-the-Scenes Recollection

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On September 11, 2001, I was home and glued to my TV set, like everybody else. My two main gigs that year were hosting Breakfast With The Arts on A&E and being one of the voice-over guys on CNN. I was not scheduled to shoot for A&E, but I was expected to work for CNN. As the day unfolded it was clear I was not going to get into Manhattan since the bridges were closed. But at that time, I had all the technology I needed to voice for CNN from home. ISDN Lines, still used today, are basically broadcast-quality telephone lines. So late in the afternoon, I was emailed my script and I voiced my pieces. A clip from the night of the attacks is on my web site.

As I watch the clip again it always strikes me how much we knew within hours, like that the hijackers were trained to fly in the US. How did we find that out so fast? Fast forward to today: I got to guest host the Leonard Lopate Show this last week and in one segment we got an inside look at the 9/11 Memorial which is on track to open in one year.