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Remembering 9/11

Seven years ago, I was in Atlanta at NetWorld+Interop to judge the show's product awards when the news of a plane hitting the World Trade Center broke. It seemed like a crazy accident. Then another hit. Then the buildings fell. And there were still planes in the air, still more potential targets.

We were sitting in a building with over 10,000 people directly across from the CNN center. We could have been a target. Wisely, we left the building and went back to our hotels, walking past hundreds of shocked Atlantans.

Two days later, I drove back up to Boston. Passing through New York, I smelled the sickening, acrid burning metal discharge from what used to be two majestic buildings holding nearly 3,000 important human lives.

Where were you on 9/11, and how did this day change your life? Memories welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on September 11, 2008 at 11:52 AM