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The Rundown: September 11, 2001
The Rundown: September 11, 2001
By: Jason Roberts
At 8:49 a.m. on a Sept. 11, 2001, CNN got the first report of a plane hitting one of the World Trade Center towers. - http://goo.gl/tGcF7
On the morning of September 11, 2001 I was at my father’s house seeing my grandparents off as they headed back home to Florida. At that time I worked part time for my father’s company so we were waiting word back from a supplier. As we sat in my father’s living room, my step-mother came into the room to tell us to change the channel to CNN because something had just happened at the World Trade Center. My father switched channels and CNN was already on the first tower fully engulfed in flames at the impact zone. I remember staring at the screen in awe and I wondered what had happened. We were going back and forth to what we thought could have been the cause of the first plane to strike the North Tower.
I’ll never forget seeing the second plane come into view from the right of the screen and strike the South Tower and watched the huge fireball explode as the 767 made impact.
This image was quite unsettling because I knew the number of causalities would be high due to the amount of people that worked in the towers. Back in May 2001 I had briefly visited New York City for the first time. While I was there I used the Twin Towers as the South landmarks as I navigated my way through the streets of Manhattan. I never made it all the way down to the World Trade Center complex, the closest I came was Houston St. To now see both towers with planes crashed into them and on fire was something I could have never imagined.
CNN broke in on the coverage of the World Trade Center and showed a camera view of Washington, DC with a scene of smoke billowing but we couldn’t really tell what exactly they were trying to show us. When the CNN anchor announced that a third hijacked plane had just crashed in the Pentagon I immediately figured this all to be a large scale terrorist attack. United States citizens had not seen events like this on U.S. since Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Being the news junkie I am, I recalled the World Trade Center attack of 1993 and I wondered if in some way it was all related. This group of terrorists were obviously coordinating the attacks in concert and it had us all wondering what was going to happen next and where it would happen?
It didn’t take much longer for us to learn the answer to that question. CNN informed the world that fourth hijacked plane had crashed into a field in Stonycreek Township, near Shanksville in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, about 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and 150 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.
The next few weeks that followed I kept up with the continuing coverage of the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. I felt a deep sense of sorrow for the people who perished and the families who were having to deal with losing their loved ones to such a horrific event. At the time I didn’t quite understand what motive Al Qaeda had to inflict such damage to the citizens of the United States but now I can clearly see why. I honestly can attribute a lot of the problems the United States is currently dealing with can be attributed to the September 11th attacks in some way shape or form. In closing, I really hope our political leaders of government can put aside the partisan politics to finally get America back on the course to recovery.
After a discussion about diving on MOTD2 yesterday, Colin Murray called it “a little bit of fun.” And here’s me thinking it’s a blight on the game. Maybe that’s only when Johnny Foreigner does it (and I don’t mean Lex, Kel or Jun!). This is why I try not to watch football punditry any more. It makes me too angry.
Top 10 Local Albums of 2011
Alright, so I’m sure you’ve all been curious to see who I dug as my Top 10 Local Albums of 2011. And, as you’d probably suspect, it was really hard selecting only 10.
So without further adieu, check out these fantastic albums of 2011.
Click the album names to check them out in iTunes or the album covers to visit the band pages. Either way, SCORE.
1. Farewell Milwaukee—When It Sinks In
2. Sleeping in the Aviary—You and Me, Ghost
3. Portage—The Unsalted Sea
5. Jason Roberts—Swing So Cool, Sway So Gentle
6. Dead Man Winter—Bright Lights
7. The Lower 48—Where All Maps End
8. Joey Ryan & the Inks—Dennis Lane
9. Sleeper and the Sleepless—To Begin
“On the summit of the precipice, and in the heart of the green woods ... there was an intelligence in the winds of the hills, and in the solemn stillness of the varied foliage, that could not be mistaken. It entered into my heart, and I could have wept, not that I could not see, but that I could not portray all that I felt.”— James Holman, the “Blind Traveller,” quoted in Jason Roberts, A Sense of the World
[Excerpts] "A Sense of the World: How a Blind Man became History's Greatest Traveler"
I really like this book. Reading it, you can tell the writer put in massive amounts of research to bring context to Holman’s story. It’s a beautiful piece written with great sensitiveness.
Here are two snippets.
From the Introduction:
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A realistic Liverpool fan thinks they won’t finish top 10 this season. [Duration 1:05]
"The Chew" Chef Cooks OrGreenic
Jason Roberts, chef on TV show “The Chew,” has created a number of simple summer dishes you can easily make using your OrGreenic nonstick ceramic cookware! Jason’s summer recipes include a Minute Steak Nicoise Salad, a Quick Roast Chicken, Zucchini and Feta Omelette with Fresh Mint, Chicken Chimichangas, and an Apple Tart Tatin. Check out all these fabulous recipes by Jason Roberts on the OrGreenic website.