Remembering the WTC

| September 11, 2006

(UPDATED 09/11/06) Check out Bruce Henderson’s post above for some high-resolution shots post-9/11. ..bruce..

In March 2001 — just six months before the 9/11 attacks — Sandra and I took our daughters Jacqui and Crystal, along with John Hicks (soon to become Jacqui’s fiance and then husband), up to New York City. We did the usual touristy stuff, including stopping on the way up to take the ferry tour of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and going to the observation deck of the Empire State Building. We did not visit the World Trade Center, but it shows up repeatedly in the photographs I took. On my many trips to NYC since 9/11, I have always noticed the gap in the skyline where the WTC towers stood.

After the jump are some of those photographs taken in March 2001. I fear that on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the gap in the NYC skyline will still be there. ..bruce..

A fitting juxtaposition

And another

New York just does not look the same

Say what you will about the architecture, the WTC was iconic

Little did any of us suspect

Looking from the Empire State Building

Lest we forget

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Category: Geopolitics, Main, Military, Personal

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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  1. Carol says:

    I sat here at my desk this morning listening to taps being played in the pit as part of the rememberence services and then walked to the window to survey all of the construction going on all around the big hole. I know there are a lot of bytes going around the net these days about filling the hole, but when I step off of the PATH train into it, I know I will never forget what happened here. I guess that is a function of standing on the edge of the hole itself every time I come to Manhattan. When a pretty new building stands in its place with a new transportation hub below and ridiculously priced square footage into the sky – will I still tear up every time my train rounds the hole and lets me off into the wide openness of this reality? I hope so. I lost people and personal history here too – and nothing could possibly remind me of what unimaginable things people are capable of more than this hole. I hope in some ways Bruce, you are right and we will still be waiting for the filling of the hole on the 10th anniversary. At least we won’t have paved over what we should never forget.