Gary and I are based out of NYC work-wise. Gary was still recovering from back-surgery, so we didn't head into the office. I remember turning on CNBC (the usual morning routine). He was on the phone, and I was making breakfast (a little late
). I remember looking up - the TV was on mute - and seeing flames coming out of the World Trade Center. ?????? I poked Gary, pointed at the TV - and he said - hang on a sec - and turned on the volume. It had just happened. They didn't know it was a plane yet. Listeners were calling in, and they played live someone who said they'd seen a plane fly into the building. We were watching when the second plane flew into the second Tower. I stuck a videotape in - we knew we were watching history. At about 9:15, Gary said - they're going to collapse. I don't know how he always knows these things, but that's Gary.
It was horrific. We had friends and customers at Morgan Stanley, Cantor Fitzgerald, the Alger Funds, and the Association of Investment Management and Research, all housed in the towers. We had a LOT of friends at Gruntal (one of the buildings kitty-corner that got condemned, One Liberty Plaza) - in fact, we used to work there. (Quit in 1999. We were based out of LA at the time, but had offices in NY too).
It was tragic the next few days. Waiting to hear if anyone had come home. Then going to memorial services. Lots of them. Someone we'd had dinner with just the week before was gone....