Yesterday was a tough day for all of us -- at least all of us that have a heart. Ten years ago that day I was in the Atlanta Convention Center right across from CNN. I was judging the Best of Interop awards when we heard a blow-by-blow over the Internet of what happened in New York.
Two towers were struck, and planes were still in the air. CNN, I reckoned, was a pretty good possible target in and of itself, and there were a good ten thousand people already at the convention. I wasn't terrified, but did think it was a decent idea to move our now meaningless deliberations to another location. (By the way, I don't believe in the word 'terrorist.' It assumes they are scaring the bejeepers out of all of us and that gives these creeps, losers and criminals power they don't deserve.)
Two days later, around midnight in a rented van, I passed by New York and could see the smoke still rising.
I'm not sure there is a really a high-tech angle in all of this except that this set of acts crushed our economy, wiping out stock valuations and killing off jobs -- monetary tragedies we live with today.
The human side is more brutal, and we shouldn't and won't ever forget. One of the best things to honor the 9/11 victims and heroes is the Denis Leary show "Rescue Me," which just wrapped. If you are not yet a fan, take my advice and catch it on re-runs or streaming on Netflix.
Did 9/11 change your job? How so? Send your experiences and "Rescue Me" reviews to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 09/11/2011 at 1:18 PM