Have we forgotten?
Remembering the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
Times Editor Seventeen years is a long time. But it’s not so long that Americans have forgotten the way it felt to watch those twin towers billowing smoke and ultimately collapse into the streets of New York City below. It’s not so long that Americans have forgotten the hole in the Pentagon. It’s not so long that Americans have forgotten the scene in that Pennsylvania field where a group of passengers willingly fought to their deaths to ensure the plane they were on would not be used as a weapon of mass destruction. But somehow, if it’s possible, we may have, indeed, forgotten. America seems more divided than ever — or at least in the past few decades. Whether it’s along political lines or religious lines or racial lines, America has become quite fractured. But for a while, immediately following the attacks, it seemed all of America was on the same page. American flags popped up on every available pole, it seemed. Patriotism swept across the nation, and suddenly, at least for a while, we were focusing on the “united” part of United States.
And what seemed “important” on Sept. 10 suddenly wasn’t. Here are what would have been the biggest news stories of the day, had the terrorists not chosen the 11th of September to orchestrate their attacks.
“A grand jury rejected a complaint against former Congressman Gary Condit in which a flight attendant claimed he had pressured her to sign an affidavit falsely stating they did not have romantic relations.”
Trump’s been in the headlines for his alleged affairs. Turns out Americans have always loved a good political romance scandal.
“The Yankees placed outfielder Paul O'Neill on the disabled list — and fretted about his readiness for the playoffs — as a result of a stress fracture in his left foot.”
Turns out O’Neill would, in fact, be ready for the playoffs, but in the end, the Yankees lost the World Series that year in dramatic fashion to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“Senator Joe Biden launched a tirade on the Senate floor critical of President Bush's stance on antimissile defense.”
Turns out missile defense was not the kind of defense the nation needed in 2001.
“The sports rumor mill said 38-year-old Michael Jordan was preparing to come out of retirement and re-join the NBA.”
Turns out those rumors were true. Jordan returned to the NBA, spending two lackluster seasons with the Washington Wizards before hanging up his Nikes for good.
“Fashion week's first-ever maternity line fashion show — from designer Liz Lange — was about to happen in Bryant Park. ABC News correspondent Lara Spencer was covering the story and left to head to the World Trade Center.”
Talk about a change in plans — from covering a runway show to the greatest terrorist attack in U.S. History.
“The soundtrack to Mariah Carey's movie ‘Glitter’ hit store shelves.”
If not for the terrorist attacks, “Glitter” may have been the biggest bomb of the summer.
By Ralph Hardin