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FROM THE DESK OF Karen
The summer was unusual; I had not been working — I was throwing an adult temper tantrum and had decided I was done working in HR. By September, it was time to get back to it part time. My career started out as a Payroll Temporary, so I figured why not do that again? September 11, 2001 was a typical payroll day for the bus company where I was temping. Went to work, started payroll —nothing unusual at all. Then a mechanic supervisor came into the office and said a plane had just flown into theWorld Trade Center. We all thought he was joking and even asked for the punch line. Then we went to the break room and saw the news. No one could believe it — everyone was stone-cold silent. Then, the second plane hit. Men and women all in tears —no one could believe their eyes. That employer shut down operations and diverted every one of their buses to help in NYC andWashington. I have never been prouder of a company that I didn’t even work for directly. Business was no longer important —HELPING was what mattered. Needless to say, my priorities were realigned instantly. My career was NOT important compared to my family, my friends, and my community. Please take a moment to reflect and remember.
THE WORLD TRADE CENTER H ow the T owers C ame to B e
On Sept.11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of theWorld Trade Center traveling at 470 mph, ripping a hole in the building from floors 93 to 99. At 9:03 a.m., a second plane smashed into the south tower traveling at 590 mph, cutting a gaping hole from floors 75 to 85. Within an hour, the south tower collapsed due to the sheer weight of the building combined with the damage dealt by the impact and the burning jet fuel. At 10:28 a.m., the north tower followed. The rubble and debris from the collapsed towers caused fires and further damage to the surrounding buildings and areas. Within hours, nearly 3,000 people had lost their lives. The attack left the world in a state of terror and grief, and the United States was changed forever. Today, the twin towers’last day is remembered as the worst terrorist attack in history, but few people know how the buildings became part of NewYork City’s skyline in the first place. A world trade center pavilion was first hosted during the NewYorkWorld’s Fair in 1939 — the exhibit was dedicated to the slogan“world peace through trade.”The idea for theWorld Trade Center was then abandoned after seven years, until David Rockefeller revived the concept to reinvigorate lower Manhattan. Rockefeller took the reins and continued the project, finding premises near the Fulton Fish Market on the East River, and construction on the $250 million complex began. He also turned to the Port of NewYork Authority for financial support to ensure theWorld Trade Center’s completion, and the first real plans for theWorld Trade Center were put into action. It was then that the Port Authority decided the towers should break the record for the tallest building in the world, beating the 1,250-foot Empire State building. To do this, architect Minoru Yamasaki designed the towers to hold 110 stories each, but they would not have the traditional
Please know I am grateful for you and wish you every success every day!
- Karen Young
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