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My Sept 11 2001 Story

I saw the first signs of something amiss when the Goldman Sachs trading floor came to a standstill. People left their desks and gathered beneath two mounted televisions. Traders have a tendency to attach human significance to financial matters, so my first thought was that the stock market had crashed. Then I saw a young woman in the next row cover her face with her hands, and I knew it had to be worse. I made my way over to the televisions and saw footage of the World Trade Center on fire. CNN didn’t know whether it had been a bomb or an airplane but it had happened about ten minutes earlier. Outside our window, debris was falling. I called my mom to tell her what had happened but there was

 

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