Manhattan, September, 2001
I had the privilege — and I really do think of it that way, because the experience has shaped so much of how I see today’s world — of living in mid-town Manhattan on September 11, 2001.
Days after the attack — with fires still burning, ash still filling my windowsill 50 blocks away, sirens still raging and people still wandering the streets like zombies — my boss mentioned how interesting he thought it would be to gather CEOs’ memos to their companies in the days and weeks to follow. To preserve, for posterity, the tone of that most remarkable moment-in-time.
Nothing came of it. Life moved on for most of us. Sadly, for some it ended. But as I climbed corporate ladders — and became more thoughtful about my role in peoples’ lives during both good and bad times — the idea would pop back into my brain. Not in that exact form, but more the spirit of it.
So here we are. Here I am, doing something about it. Collecting things to share with others; collecting things to remind myself. Some are letters. Some are speeches. Some are even songs.
I’m not sure it’s appropriate to say “enjoy.” But I do hope you find something here of value and that you can use in your own way.
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