I was working in a university multimedia department in September 2001. We had access to the video feeds from the satellite dishes on the roof of our building. Just before 9 AM, someone called us and said a plane had hit the World Trade Center in New York and the news channels had gone live. We turned on a monitor. I was standing there watching, wondering if it was deliberate or accidental, when the second plane hit.
And just like that, on a Tuesday morning in September, the world changed.
We set up a couple of satellite feeds to display on monitors, and starting watching whatever was been sent. The news kept getting worse as the morning went on. The Pentagon, then Flight 93, and all the while, we watched people die. It was clear that managers in the national news rooms had made the decision not to air what was coming off the satellites. The news crews in New York were sending it, but it was just too much to put on the air.
Because people were jumping. Right up until the building collapsed, people were trapped above the fire and they made the only remaining decision in their power and chose not to burn.
Find the time to watch the first 25 minutes of this video. It was eight years ago today.
I watched them fall.
There are people jumping from the floor above us…This doesn’t look good…I love you, take care of Caitlin.
–Thomas McGinnis, trapped on the 92nd floor of the North Tower, speaking to his wife minutes before the collapse on September 11th, 2001