Thursday, September 11, 2008


I remember when I was little, people chatting on the annivesary of JFK's death, "Do you remember where you were when it happened?" Then there was Princess Diana, and then there was the impact of 9/11.

Where were you on 9/11? I was working as the day side assignment editor at KSTP TV here in St. Paul/Minneapolis. I was in the newsroom when the first and second plane hit the towers. It was early and generally quiet, with the Morning Show Executive Producer being the most senior person in the building. Of course we didn't understand what was happening as we turned to GMA, and the row of TV's behind my desk. And then the day went crazy. I am moved by profound emotion just thinking about it. Honestly, for 8 hours... I didn't THINK about what had actually happened. I quickly and efficiently moved news crews, I moved ENG and Sat Trucks, I moved video for the network, I relayed information, I dispatched, I paged , I called, I coordinated press conference coverage, and my head set only came off to run across the newsroom for something. It was a 8 hour rush... and then I went home and CRASHED. In the evening I went to a church service at the nearest Lutheran church, and after that, my memory alludes me...

We were all impacted by 9/11, but today my thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their lives or family members to this day, including the Tom Burnett family in Bloomington.

1 comment:

britta said...

I was in 8th grade...I didn't find out till my 6th hour class, and I found it crazy that most of my classmates didn't even know what the World Trade Centers were. I was and still am a news junkie, and the minute the bell rang during 7th hour at 3:08 pm, I walked home and turned on the TV...I was so glued I didn't do much of anything in my free time but watch the news for like the following week. This summer I visited the WTC ground zero in NYC, it was midnight, but the construction crews were still working, and it had such an eerie feeling to it, and oddly was quite quiet and emotional...


Related Posts with Thumbnails