Remembering Life Before the Attacks

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Visitors mourn at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. World Trade Center Visitors mourn at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)



We remember many things about that surreal, traumatic day. Many of us think back to the crisp, blue September sky. We recall where we were and what we were doing as the planes hit the towers, the Pentagon, and the field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. 

With the clear memories of that day, we wanted to also consider what our lives were like in the days just before the attacks. Were we just going about our lives, living out life in what would now seem to be a more innocent world?

Takeaway listeners responded with poignant memories of happy trips, big life milestones, and one man's complete lack of any memories at all.

Produced by:

Jen Poyant

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

After I watched the towers come down, I walked to the Beth Israel to donate blood... As I walked to the hospital... life was still going on as normal in The East Village... Bread trucks were still delivering, alot of people didn't really understand that their lives were going to be completely different. Life was still like the day before...It took a couple of hours for things to sink in...
The people covered in ash started to come uptown from The World Trade Center, and there was no one to give blood to at Beth Israel... I knew my world was different

Sep. 11 2012 02:19 PM
patti claflin

On Sept. 10th around 8 PM my husband and I checked into a motel in Brooklyn Ma called the Suisse Chalet. While inside the office my husband had to wait to check in while several friendly men asked about places to go for drinks in the area. In the morning when leaving there was a lone car parked next to ours. We thought that it was unusual for everyone else to be be gone by 8 in the morning except us and the owners of that other car. We left and headed into Boston and while listening to the news on the Don Imus Show we heard the first reports of a plane hitting the Tower. The next day we saw on the news a video of a car being searched at the Suisse Chalet and learned that it belonged to some of the terrorist. We could see that it was the car parked next to ours. We now knew that we had seen some of the terrorist on Sept 10th and had parked next to them that night, but I don't know if we slept next to them. Months later the FBI tracked us down to discuss what we had seen. But we had no other information. I always wonder why they left the car at the motel and how they got to the airport from Brookline.

Sep. 11 2012 01:32 PM

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